Letters to the Editor 07-03-15

My joy last Friday morning at learning of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states quickly turned to disappointment when I saw the response from many people in my own hometown.
They act as if the world is coming to an end because gay couples can finally marry. The reality is that the ruling does not affect anyone but gay couples.
Churches are not being forced to marry them, you are not being forced to divorce your spouse, your religion is not being done away with, etc.
The vehement opposition really makes no sense to me. What Christians need to understand is that the rules of their religion do not apply to those who may not follow their religion.
It is illogical to expect an entire country founded on the concept of religious freedom to create laws based on the teachings of one religion. Imagine the outcry if Jewish people attempted to pass a national law prohibiting the consumption of bacon, for example.
Christians really need to stop for a moment and think back to a popular question, “What would Jesus do?”
I find it hard to believe that a man who walked with sinners and advocated unequivocal love for all human beings would be in favor of a law that prevents millions from being truly happy.
Benson Fisher

After the Supreme Court ruled that marriage cannot be denied to same-sex couples, I eagerly awaited the cornucopia of outrage in the Courier’s “Letters” page, and I cannot say I’ve been disappointed.
While no evidence exists that damage to our society will result from this decision to extend the same rights to all citizens (despite one letter-writer’s efforts to connect one persecuted, radicalized woman to an effort to end marriage itself — that letter a copy-and-paste job from an agenda-driven website), I am aware that there are those who will sound the clarion call of catastrophic calamity pouring over America, caused by the heathens who fail to strictly adhere to the beliefs of what is fast becoming a minority in our society.
And that’s all right with most of us. You see, while some fret that the country has turned its back on one interpretation of the Bible, many others are convinced that the country is adhering to the document which actually gives meaning to the very existence of the country, the Constitution, which ultimately affords equal protection to all in the eyes of the law, whether or not one agrees that someone needs protection. It’s unconstitutional to deny someone else his or her rights, whether or not you agree with them.
The ruling allows married people to move about the country and live and die with the same dignity as anyone, and does not alter, in any way, any other person’s own personal definition of marriage, except those who demand to impose their values on others as a requirement of marriage. While I do not agree with them, I believe that those who decry the marriage of same-sex couples on “religious” grounds have the right to object, as we are all constitutionally afforded that right. After all, according to many, supporters will find their judgment at some later date.
I am disappointed that Carol McKitrick’s letter (July 1) was printed unedited, however, as her obvious revulsion to gay people is better suited to a very marginalized publication. The Courier is the newspaper of record in our community, and deserves much more thoughtful discourse.
John Cecil

“The British are leaving!” “The British are leaving!”
These are the beautiful words all patriots of the colonies had waited to hear since so many of the battles carried fear of defeat for Washington.
Let me give you a short history of how we arrived to an epic end which we will celebrate on Saturday.
Sometime in early 2014, after much thought on how to add more history to the Fourth of July celebration, I located a nationally known speaker and historic re-enactors to celebrate the history of the Revolutionary period. This was the time when we were separating our colonies from King George, high taxes and the British crown.
Saturday is almost here and all the organizers of the “Spirit of ’76” event will be able to greet all of you red, white and blue patriots to the program that will take place at Dorney Plaza.
I’m grateful to all who have worked so hard and those who have encouraged me with words to keep going and finish the mission. Without help, this day possibly would not have arrived.
God bless America, the land I love and all the wonderful people who truly enjoy the freedoms we enjoy today, yesterday and many tomorrows to come.
Note: If rain is the order of the day, we will retreat to the American Legion post where our guest speaker will speak at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Don VanRenterghem

Findlay has a business reopening this summer, running a limited schedule. I hope that The Courier gets behind the promoters and stories are written about the races there.
Millstream Speedway was a great track when it was run the right way. I lived in Elyria and my wife and I would drive up for the races and stay overnight. In fact, one night, Jeff Gordon was racing there as his racing career was started in sprint cars and Millstream Speedway was one of the places he raced.
I would like to see the people in the Findlay area get behind the speedway also. The businesses in the area could back them also and they could sponsor a race night, or at least a race, or even a class of the cars.
It is too bad they could not have a Jeff Gordon Night one of the times NASCAR is at Michigan for the weekend. This track could return to the greatness it was at before and could be a moneymaker and bring in some big races for a number of divisions.
I plan on making it there for one or two race nights. I saw on a bumper sticker, “Dirt is for racing, asphalt is for getting there.” I think there are other people out there that feel the same about Millstream Raceway and hope that the area will help make it a success for the speedway and bring much business to the city.
Wayne McMullen

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