Letters to Editor, Dec. 9, 2012

Dec. 08, 2012 @ 01:58 PM

Dan Forest is in step with our values

In reply to Rob Schofield's "Just how extreme..." from the Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, paper, I am sorrythat he is so disturbed by the election of Dan Forest. While I do not agree with all of the many things criticized in the column, I welcome information about the values of various businesses. Call those who disagree with Mr. Schofield's values "bizarre" is not helpful. The same tradition of free speech that protects Schofield also applies to Forest. It might be helpfulto note how many parents today choose home schooling for a wide variety of reasons and just how well such kids do in major colleges. It would be more fair to consider that the programs supported by the United Way differ in different communities. Many do not fund Planned Parenthood.

As long as the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments call homosexuality a sin, many people will be opposed to it. As an aside, I wonder how many have recognized that homosexuality is an evolutionary dead end? To reproduce, they must yield in some way to God's plan for sex.

Even before I became a Christian, if I had been considering an abortion, I would have wanted to know more about the status of development of the pregnancy within me. Seeing a sonogram and taking a few days to think about the physical and psychological consequences of such action would have sounded like a simple and prudent idea, which is the sort of service crisis pregnancy clinics supply.

And then there is "Victoria's Secret," an odd name for a business that leaves so little secret. It is amazing to me that their ads succeed in denigrating women in so many ways in a few seconds. the emphasis is on the fairer sex onlh as sex objects, ill-suited for anything else. Only the slim and the young are valued. I would hope that there are few fathers and husbands who would seriously want to expose their ladies to being V.S. models.

Joan Rieber



I just want to say Merry Christmas

My name is James Alsbrooks and I just want to say Merry Christmas. It is with that issue I am writing.
First of all, Christmas is a set aside holy day that is not attached to Thanksgiving, Halloween or Fall holidays. Christmas has, however, become the largest retail selling season in the world, and the world is so ungrateful. Shame.
Sir, have you ridden around Monroe this Christmas season? How bleak and dark it is. Monroe is poorly decorated with some sort of clear icicles and no mention of Merry Christmas. The Monroe Mall has one store that had Merry Christmas in its window and it was attached to a shoe advertisement. Merchants have always made money using Jesus Christ's birthday, but now they just use his day without the common courtesy of even saying Merry Christmas.
Christmas was and is for everyone, but for some crazy notion a few people started saying they didn't want to offend anyone. Jesus Christ was all about love and we are a Christian nation, so we are about love also. We as Christians must love our fellow man. Christmas is a Christian holiday and I can't see giving up Merry Christmas as our identity or rights to appease others who don't believe in Christmas. We don't have to and we shouldn't.
Sir, do you remember when Belk's was Downtown Monroe? Their store front was marvelous and you could tell it started competition from other store windows to be the best. I remember one Christmas after Belk got their escalator, all the students from Winchester Ave High School walked all the way from school just to ride on the escalator. Now Belk decorates with all the Christmas colors, but without one word to mention Merry Christmas, which is Christ's birthday.
Mr. Editor, even your building is bleak and dark this season because you don't have Merry Christmas anywhere. I guess you fall in line with the 14 percent of unbelievers just to offend the 86 percent who do believe in Christmas. What a shame.
Thank you, Wal-Mart for your courage to put Merry Christmas boldly in your stores. And may your Christmas and sales be bright.
The reason for the season is Jesus Christ.
Merry Christmas.

James Alsbrooks



Keep green in Christmas. eat a vegetarian feast

This year, I’m dreaming of a green Christmas—where animals aren’t abused, the planet isn’t polluted, and people are healthy and light. My family will be eating a vegan feast—and not animal flesh—for Christmas dinner. Tis the season for peace and goodwill, after all, and only a Grinch would cause animals pain and suffering.

Vegans have good hearts, and they tend to weigh less than meat-eaters—and you never want to grow too big to sit on Santa's knee! Gathering around a great-tasting meatless meal is also much more fun than gathering at the hospital to visit someone who indulged in too many meaty meals.

And since green is popular at Christmas, a “green” feast is in keeping with the holiday spirit. Meat production contributes to climate change, and the North Pole won't be a winter wonderland if Santa's wearing Speedos and polar bears are clinging to melting ice floes.

If you’re yearning for a green Christmas, too, see www.PETA.org for festive vegan recipes and product suggestions. You’ll be glad you did, since versatile vegan foods generally cost less than meat, and a little extra "jingle" makes everyone jolly.


Heather Moore
The PETA Foundation
Norfolk, VA