For all those who think we should get back to the Bible on marriage, here are a few guidelines:
(A) Marriage shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5)
(B) Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chron 11:21)
(C) A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. (Deut 22:13-21)
(D) Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be forbidden. (Gen 24:3; Num 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Neh 10:30)
(E) Since marriage is for life, no government or law shall be able to permit divorce. (Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9)
(F) If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry his brother's widow or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law. (Gen. 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10)
(G) In lieu of marriage, if there are no acceptable men in your town, it is required that you get your dad drunk and have sex with him (even if he had previously offered you up as a sex toy to men young and old), tag-teaming with any sisters you may have. Of course, this rule applies only if you are female. (Gen 19:31-36)
—Tom A. Trottier
I am extremely disappointed in the quality of your newspaper. You are so left wing, how do you even manage to call yourselves journalists? You should really get a clue and know that most people just want something fair and entertaining to enjoy.
The article about the desertion of the Democratic Party by white Southerners brings up some valid points; however, there is another possible explanation for this phenomenon. I propose that a large cause of this shift is psychological, and can be explained by what is known as Stockholm syndrome. This is named for the emotional attachment several hostages displayed for their captors after a bank robbery in Stockholm during the 1970s. According to psychologists, these victims felt the way they did in order to endure the stress and trauma of their ordeal. Given the social positions of the Republican hierarchy vis-a-vis working class Southerners, this could make a great deal of sense.
Today's Republican Party is synonymous with the wielding of political and economic power, a weight which cannot be offset by individuals or small groups of individuals. The party's interests demonstrably lie with the corporate elite (the bosses), so many working people would justifiably feel powerless to effect any change that runs against this combination of business and government. Just as the bank robbers held power over their captives, so does the boss and the party that serves him hold power over the average Joe. The Democrats can only reverse this trend if they learn to beat the Republicans at their own game and woo enough bastions of the powerful to their side. The downside to this tactic is that they may become the very thing they profess to abhor in the process. If history can be any kind of indicator, the signs do not bode well.
The United States won the Cold War, only to emerge with some characteristics native to the Soviet Union: a political system where 98 percent of all incumbents get re-elected every time, and the government wields police state powers to disappear citizens or arbitrarily intrude upon their private affairs without due process. The devil's choice for Democrats is whether to stick to their ideological guns and become a token, marginalized presence in the South, or to continue current legislative trends and effectively become Republicans in order to unseat them. Short of the miraculous appearance of an unbiased press or a Constitutional Convention to fix the system, we'll all be calling each other "comrade" soon enough.
Why do I support President Bush, and why am I a Republican? Because I watch Crossfire. I took one look at James Carville's pointed ears and bushy eyebrows and knew I was in the right party supporting the right man.
—Evelyn R. Sciales
Our national budget for the fiscal year 2005 is irresponsible. The current total gross federal debt today is about $7 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office (a non-partisan organization) estimates the federal debt will increase an additional $2.9 trillion over the 10-year period between 2002 and 2011. This does not include the proposed increase in miliitary and homeland security spending, additional costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and reduced revenues if the tax cuts are made permanent. Military spending and homeland security have received large increases, meanwhile hunger and homelessness are rising in the U.S.A. and there are little or no increases to help this situation.
The St. Petersburg Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) has a spiritual commitment to non-violence and healing which prompts us to raise this concern.
Clerk of Meeting
Senator Kerry's Senate record is the issue. Senator Kerry is inconsistent on many key issues — voting for the war in Iraq, yet not voting to fund it; being against the death penalty, even in cases of killing police; wanting to raise taxes on the "rich and wealthy," yet not defining what income bracket he is referring to (we may be surprised that he means most of the middle class); voting against key defense equipment needed to fight the war on terror.
His Vietnam service is not relevant now. It goes on his resume as a worthy service, but it is his Senate service that dictates how he would serve our country. I am satisfied with the service of President Bush who has served well in perilous times, from the war on terror, to corporate scandals, to the downturn in the economy. President Bush is a great leader and does not deserve the bashing that he has received.