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July 23. 2013 10:13PM
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Civil rights, morality:

There’s a difference

This letter is in response to your article of July 8 in which local legislators made comments on gay marriage.

Several of our elected officials seem to have forgotten that sodomy is a moral — not a civil rights — issue. In referring to gay marriage, Senator John Blake said “I believe our nation and our state are best served when we are committed to the expansion of civil rights, not the contraction of such rights for any of our citizens.”

Representative Phyllis Mundy also thinks that gay marriage is a civil rights issue. But is it? Unlike the color of your skin or your nationality, your sex life is a personal choice that has consequences. How we define a marriage has huge implications for our children. Gays and lesbians are not being denied their civil rights in America. We acknowledge and affirm that they are both free and equal citizens. But in the majority of American states, we have refused to call immorality good or equal with marriage. When we depart from God’s blueprint for a family, our children suffer the results of our moral ambiguity.

Currently, the ACLU is suing our state government over this issue. Increasingly, this matter of gay and lesbian marriage is being brought before unelected judges in hopes of changing the moral face of America. But while this battle is fought in courtrooms across the country, please take a few moments to consider the differences between civil rights and morality. Remember we need to elect officials and judges who understand the differences as well.

Rebekka Parry


Farewell to fighting

for Hotel Sterling

There isn’t much more I can do to save the Hotel Sterling from the wrecking ball.

I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to express what many people have voiced to me since the summer of 2010. At that time, I had written a letter to the editor, my observation of the shameful deterioration of a once stately building that was recognized from all parts of the valley.

Wilkes-Barre is not the city we grew up with, nor do those in control appreciate the architecture or heritage of the past century and a half.

I had contacted several contractors, entrepreneurs, and bureaus, but because of the group of business people who influence control they felt as I did. Investing in a city where there is high taxation, debt and crime, would not be feasible. It is no small wonder why there is an exodus of the tax-paying residents.

Elaine Givens


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