IOWA OKS gay marriage
Why this change after 6,000 years?
For more than 6,000 years, marriage has been between one male and one female! That has been a bedrock of family and civil society, under which civilization has flourished and has seen contentment.
Now for the sake of a minuscule segment of society, we are going to throw all of this out the window?
WILLIAM EATON, BROOKLYN PARK
It was wonderful to unfold the Star Tribune on Saturday and see a beautiful family from Iowa on the front page. The joy they were experiencing at that exciting moment filled my heart with emotion. Precious families like theirs exist in every state in this country. There are families with two moms or two dads raising beautiful children everywhere. We must decide if we are going to treat them with equality and justice for all. Iowa will now be a state that truly lives our American ideals.
RANDI REITAN, EDEN PRAIRIE
OBAMA AT NOTRE DAME
President, university at odds on many issues
I agree with Archbishop John Nienstedt's position on the invitation by Notre Dame to the president to speak at the university. President Obama's positions on embryonic stem-cell research, abortion, contraception and the Freedom of Choice Act are contrary to all that is Catholic.
We must stand up for what is right or become part of the problem. Obama is well aware of the Catholic position and is not interested in debate or reconciliation.
RALPH STRABLEY, COON RAPIDS
So why am I not surprised? St. Joan of Arc, St. Stephens, Holy Angels Academy and now Notre Dame. Archbishop Nienstedt has fit the image of the conservative in priest's garb.
Why isn't the hierarchy talking about the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the sick? This is where the heart of Jesus lay. To be so narrow-minded and "one-issue" focused is beyond my comprehension.
MARY LU JACKSON, BLOOMINGTON
Bachmann is a very calculating politician
I rarely agree with Rep. Michele Bachmann. But she is not a kook. She knows exactly what she is doing when she talks about Democrats as "enemies," eggs on her supporters to be "armed and dangerous" against President Obama's agenda, warns that he intends to impose Marxism in the United States, urges "revolution" to stop it and raises the specter of one world currency (Star Tribune, April 5).
She has made a very calculated decision that, in these uncertain and challenging times for our country, she can gain power by appealing to the basest fears and hatreds in a jittery populace. It is tragically ironic that, on the same day the Star Tribune published its puff piece on Bachmann giving "passionate voice to conservative alarm," it also reported the unspeakable news that an "armed and dangerous" gunman in Pittsburgh ambushed and killed three police officers before killing himself. A friend he called during the siege reported that the gunman was afraid of Obama's (nonexistent) plan to take away his guns and his rights.
Guess what? The right-wing myth that Obama is going to take away people's guns is a creation of the same right-wing myth machine that pedals the "one world currency" canard.
It is a testament to the state of the Republican Party in Minnesota in 2009 that this type of irresponsible rhetoric is coming out of one of its leaders.
PATRICIA BLOODGOOD, MINNEAPOLIS
OBAMA ON ISLAM
He is forgetting recent history
So President Obama states that we are not at war with Islam. A small reminder to our commander in chief: Some of the most heinous crimes perpetrated against humanity -- 9/11, the Bali nightclub bombings, the Madrid train massacre and the London Underground devastation -- were committed by followers of Islam.
We may not be at war with Islam, but Islam is decidedly at war with us. I spent 20 years of my life in defense of this country, and I am sick and tired of appeasing terrorists. Instead of sweeping this growing nightmare under the carpet, let us air this "dirty little secret" once and for all and find a solution to the problem.
PAUL A. TRILL, GLENWOOD, MINN.
RAISING THE CIGARETTE TAX
You may pay, but your kids may benefit
The Tuesday letter writer who asks lower-income smokers to remember who imposed the higher cigarette taxes should be informed that the extra money will go to pay for the health insurance of another 4 million children under S-CHIP -- perhaps even the children of some of those same lower-income people. Perhaps even the letter writer's children.
KEVIN DRISCOLL, ST. PAUL