Readers Write: (March 4): Same-sex-marriage photo, Confederate flag photo, Minneapolis development, leaving Minnesota

  • Updated: March 3, 2014 - 6:12 PM

Front-page picture of kiss was a moral insult (and counterproductive).


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Page 1 photo of kiss was offensive, disrespectful

Once again the Star Tribune delivers a stick in the eye to conservative Christians. On Sunday morning, a day of importance to believing Christians, the picture on the front page, above the fold, was of two men kissing (“State confronts profound change from gay marriage,” March 2). That is repugnant to me and to other people who believe that homosexual activity is morally wrong. Do you care if we are offended? Apparently not. Somehow, our beliefs must be disrespected, especially on a Sunday morning.

Kathleen Schoenfelder, Winsted, Minn.

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That picture does little to advance the LGTB cause. I am accepting of alternative lifestyles and in favor of equal rights, but this “in your face” photo only leads to greater polarization. Biologically and culturally, this behavior is abnormal. And, despite your best intentions, it will probably remain so.

Charlie Corcoran, Stillwater

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Thank you, Star Tribune, for the story describing the ways in which the expansion of marriage rights to all citizens has improved the lives of so many Minnesotans. I was delighted when the front page of the Sunday paper on my doorstep depicted the Bienieks exchanging a kiss, but I have no doubt others were less than pleased.

To those who object to tales of happy neighbors and pictures of committed couples in love, I beg your forgiveness, but I cannot offer you comfort. For years, you have had your way, and you held the happiness of others at bay to serve your own view of the world. If you have the courage to embrace this change, you can share in the joy of others. If you refuse to do so, then you choose your own unhappiness over the happiness of others. I don’t know why anyone would choose unhappiness over happiness, but the choice is yours, just as more of our neighbors now have the freedom to choose their happiness.

Robert Alberti, Minneapolis



Don’t be so quick to take offense

I take great exception to comments made in a March 1 letter about a photo that included the confederate flag (“Shame on Star Tribune for letting it in print”). How simple-minded some people are. Since when should a newspaper suppress or alter pictures relating to a story?

I, for one, was not offended by the image of the Confederate flag in the photograph of the Reilly brothers — mainly because I was concentrating on the “real” story. What people do or display in the privacy of their homes is their business. The story of the three brothers playing hockey at the University of Minnesota was the main topic, and a good one. If the picture captured an image not significant to the story, so be it.

Tom O’Connell, Plymouth

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