Letters, Sunday, June 10, 2012

2012-06-10T06:30:00Z Letters, Sunday, June 10, 2012 Rapid City Journal
June 10, 2012 6:30 am

Gay marriage debate serious matter

The debate of gay marriage is a serious matter facing our nation. Currently, the accepted definition of marriage is the lawful union of a man and a woman by which they become a husband and wife and the foundation for a biological family unit. Gay marriages will destroy this legal cornerstone by demanding official recognition of their “lifestyle choice” unions.

Legitimatizing gay marriage is a slippery slope. It redefines matrimony as a “lawful” union between consenting parties entering into a formal relationship for a period of time. Due to its very nature, this marital definition will result in unintentional and destructive consequences.

Predictably, fringe groups are awaiting the legal passage of gay marriages.

Polygamists top the list as they are next in line for official approval. A number of groups practice polygamy including many Muslims and various fundamentalist Mormons.

Also awaiting gay marriage approval are radicals that support pedophile unions, incestual joinings, concubine arrangements and human-animal marriages. These extremists will demand legal equality concerning their marital desires. Consequently, licentious “lifestyle choices” will have the same protection as other marital structures.

Compassion is one thing, but legally recognizing alternative “lifestyle choices” shouldn’t be done at the expense of crucial societal foundations. -- Jean French, Rapid City

Brademeyer has done untold damage

In regards to that has happened with the Brademeyer situation and the mere slap on the hand. You feel the $475 fine and $25 processing fee was a way of letting him get by with a lot more, just how much damage has he and his group out of Montana already done to the Black Hills? The damage he has done in the past cannot be redone for years to come. You were glad to see it be a federal charge but the fine could/should have been a lot higher.

You’re a retired firefighter from a local area fire department for more than 35 years and have kept track of fires/the pine beetle problem. Most of your scrapbook collection is in the state archive, front page of the Rapid City Journal, etc. The reason for the scrapbook is because you want future generations to be able to see why the Black Hills look the way they do -- basically because of one person and his group of tree huggers out of Montana. -- John Coyle, Sturgis

Thanks for the help with Social Security

I would like to thank U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson and his wonderful staff assistant, Nadine Thomas, for the help they gave me on a problem I had with my Social Security. Once I contacted his staff they stayed on it until the problem was fixed. Thank you again Sen. Johnson and Nadine. -- Joseph Hart, Spearfish


Lincoln, Obama and the Bible

Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves.

Obama freed the gays.

Sodom and Gomorrah, here we come. -- Swan Loften, Deadwood

Is marriage religious or traditional?

In 1797, the Treaty of Tripoli drafted by George Washington was signed by John Adams and approved by the U.S. Senate. Article 11 of the treaty stated, “The U.S. government is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion." This government used Christianity to justify Manifest Destiny. Now they are using it to identify what a traditional marriage is. Not long ago in this country a white person couldn't marry a person of culture/color. Probably racial, not traditional.

In biblical times, Jews and gentiles couldn't marry each other unless one converted to the other's religion. Probably religious, not traditional. Before Christianity became a religion cousins married each other. I wonder if the religious leaders would consider incestual marriages traditional? How far back does a tradition go? How about marriage? Eve was created so Adam wouldn't be alone.  Who performed their wedding ceremony?

So is marriage religious or traditional?

Are religious leaders against same-sex sex or just same-sex marriage? How would they react if members of their clergy did what they are trying to stop others from doing?  Would we be better off without the religious interpretations provided by the pulpiteers? Probably depends on how far back your traditions go. -- T.L. Standing Soldier, Rapid City


Beware of advances in health, food

Many modern conveniences and approved health practices may be affecting everyone in a negative way. Imported foods can be sprayed with DDT and handled in unclean conditions yet are approved safe for us.

Our commercial foods are treated with chemical fertilizers and insecticides. We drink water laced with poisons approved by the FDA. Many prescription drugs cause more problems than they solve.

The microwave oven has been in use since the 1960s in most businesses and homes. Microwaves alter foods to dangerous bulk compounds not found in nature. Go to FW-Microwave test-an eye opener.

Margarine was developed to fatten turkeys. It killed them! It’s one molecule from being plastic and it shares ingredients with paint. Insects won’t eat margarine.

Could these additives be a part of the reason for the drastic increase in autism, Alzheimer’s and autoimmune diseases?

Are modern conveniences, altered food and prescribed drugs a cocktail for the dumbing down of humanity? Or, maybe, extinction?

Bon appetit? -- Shirley Bauer, Black Hawk

Yellow Bikes thanks supporters

Thank you to the riders that came out to join us Saturday, June 2, for the 9th annual Yellow-Bike-A-Thon. We had a good turnout and lots of fun once again.

We would like to give our sponsors special thanks because without you we could not pull this off and also thank you to all the vendors that were there handing out their information. We would also like to congratulate Eric Burke from KNBN who won the third annual DJ/TV Anchors Strider Bike Race.

Thank you all for your support. Hope to see you all next year. -- Dale R. Bishop, Yellow Bike Program and Reconditioned Bikes for Kids, Inc.

Girls State slogans for today's politics

The week of May 28 through June 2 about 400 young women attended Girls State, held on the University of South Dakota campus, Vermillion. The American Legion Auxiliary has been the sponsoring organization for this program for 66 years. The opening paragraph to their Preamble states "To uphold and defend the constitution of the United States of America, to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate one hundred percent Americanism*" That theme is carried on throughout Girls State.

For 66 years the Girls State slogan has remained. “Forward Forever, Backward Never, Within Ourselves our future lies.” In 1976, during the Bicentennial, another slogan was added: “In you there is hope, for you belong to the future, just as the future belongs to you.”

The hope for the future depends on the present. Is it possible that all Americans, young and old, could understand the meaning?

Would it be possible to tone down the political bickering that appears to be the theme of 21st century, and look into our own selves and wonder if we are truly doing God’s work on earth. -- Helen Gottsleben, past director, American Legion Auxiliary Girls State of South Dakota

Disappointed in Memorial Day coverage

This letter is to express my extreme disappointment with the Journal regarding the non- coverage of the Memorial Day service in Rapid City. This is an annual event of the Rapid City Veterans Council and this year was hosted by the Black Hills Detachment of the Marine Corps League. Held each Memorial Day at the War Memorial in Memorial Park the service remembers and honors those service men and women who served and paid the ultimate price in defense of our freedoms.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank and recognize those Rapid City organizations and individuals who participated in this year’s memorial service. They include all of the local veterans organizations and their auxiliaries, many with honor guards, who presented wreaths at the war memorial. Also: Verne Sheppard for acting as master of ceremonies for the service; Mayor Sam Kooiker for his welcoming remark; singer Dave Sommers for the national anthem; especially to our program speaker Scott Jensen for his very moving and meaningful remarks for the occasion. Thanks also to the TREA rifle squad for the rifle salute and to bugler Gus Jacob for Taps. --  -- Dennis Luce, Commandant, Black Hill Detachment Marine Corps League


Thanks for a wonderful state track meet

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the hundreds of community members who contributed to the overall success of the 2012 State Track and Field Meet. The 10,000 plus spectators who came to our community to support the student-athletes from across the state were given Rapid City hospitality start to finish.

A special thanks to the volunteers from Central and Stevens High School, our amazing community volunteers, the athletic, administrative and IT staff and facilities crew from SDSMT, the RCAS maintenance staff, Bernie Miller, Sgt. Chris DeGroot and Jim Chastain from the Rapid City police department and their team who directed traffic during the event, Brian Maliske and the staff at the Civic Center, Scott Swigart and Bob Tolman for your tireless energy and our local media who covered the weekend's festivities.

Mark your calendars, I'll see you in May 2015! -- Darren Paulson, Meet Director

Teens know truth about texting

The Journal editorial “South Dakota needs a distracted driving law” reports on a very unique twist to this request. It came from teenagers. Not legislators, the news media or other adults. Teenagers. The teens were speaking at Kids Speak where they had the opportunity to present their concern that South Dakota is last of all 50 states in teen safe driving. They recognized that teen drivers are not responsible enough to abstain from using their cell phones while behind the wheel.

I agree with the need for a law prohibiting cell phone use by the driver of any vehicle. A study from the University of Utah found using a cell phone while driving - whether it's hand-held or hands-free delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.

Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.

If you want to learn more about what other states have done please go to www.distraction.gov or www.youarepreciouscargo.com

This is not about the rights of the person with the phone. These drivers are a danger not only to themselves but to everyone else on the road.

Mary Kenyon

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