Court decision on gay rights,religion murky | June 5
Ruling balances both sides’ rights
The Supreme Court just ruled that tolerance swings both ways.
Religious people have the right to follow their religious convictions just as gay folks have the right to celebrate by commissioning baked goods with messages of their choice sculpted in frosting — just as it should be.
Our gay brothers and sisters might be surprised to learn that conservatives and even strict constructionist religious folk wish them well and even want them to enjoy analogous civil rights in the form of civil unions while preserving the term "marriage" for the traditional couplings as proscribed by churches, synagogues and mosques that invented the rite long before it was transformed into a right pushed by secular progressives.
The activists are not interested in the cake of equal rights unless it comes with the icing of outraging people of faith.
Dwayne Keith, Lakeland
Declining fertility rate worrisome | June 4, editorial
Don’t ignore abortion’s toll
The editorial laments the decreasing fertility rate among women in the United States. You mention how women are waiting longer to have children, the need for social services for poorer women and the role of immigrants.
But you completely skip over the almost 1 million abortions that occur every year in this country. Since you have taken a stand on women’s right to abortion, your political blindness failed to see the 500 pound gorilla in the room.
Christopher Martinez, Land O’Lakes
Lobbyists pack leverage | June 5
Corcoran’s hypocrisy shows
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s statement, while supporting his brother’s inordinate success in receiving money from the Legislature to satisfy civil claims, is the height of absurdity.
Him saying: "Always side with those citizens over government" flies in the face of Tallahassee reality. In every situation where he and his monied interests have disagreed with the expressed wishes of the "citizens" of this state, he has used whatever tools he could devise to thwart or delay their desires. Only when his brother has an opportunity to squeeze tens of thousands of dollars from our tight-fisted government does he become concerned about the "people."
Arthur Eggers, Tampa
Friends stunnedby racing tragedy | June 3
Put more focus on victims
Your article provided an abundance of comments and testimonials related to the perpetrators and cause of the terrible tragedy. The three boys have had their "15 minutes of fame," albeit in a fashion they would rather forget.
It is unfortunate you gave scant coverage and very little attention to the victims, their family and friends. While the article talks about the lives of the three boys being forever changed, the article gave little attention to the lives of the victims — whose lives didn’t change. They died.
Steve McCarver, Dunedin