Letters to the Editor, July 8, 2015
Local religious leader debunks anti-LGBT rhetoric
Now that the courts have allowed gay marriage and my Church, the Episcopal Church, has finally found the courage to do the same, I want to both give thanks and to assure every Christian that the polarity that places faithfulness to God with love of Scripture against full acceptance of the LGBTQ community is a false one.
First, it is false according to science. Neither hetero nor homosexual people choose their sexual orientation. To condemn someone for being LGBTQ is no different from condemning someone for being left-handed or above average in height. There is no moral basis for such discrimination. Furthermore, there is no credible science that indicates that the presence of loving LGBTQ families in a community is in any way harmful. And, children raised by loving, committed parents, gay or straight, do just fine. It’s past time we all acknowledge that there is no basis for the hysterical, malicious misinformation that continues to be circulated by some.
Second, it is false according to the Bible. The Bible must be interpreted and the interpretation any ancient document is complex and uncertain at best. Yes, there are a handful of passages that seem to condemn homosexuality, but these too must be carefully studied.
Only a deliberate choice to ignore the relevant biblical scholarship of the past century tied to a predetermined interpretive outcome could result in statements like, "The Bible clearly condemns homosexuality." That’s wrong. It is not clear. And the moral burden is upon anyone who seeks to use Scripture to justify an already-held position, especially when that position entails condemning a group of people who are simply biologically a little different. We do not have to choose between loving God and embracing the LGBTQ community. We can, should and must do both.
The Rev. Charles Robinson
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
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Keep an eye out for dogs in cars this summer
KUDOS to those of you who have seen dogs left inside vehicles during the extremely hot weather these past few weeks, and promptly reported the situation to the proper authorities. Let your actions stand as an example of what we all, as responsible citizens, have the moral obligation to do in order to protect these animals who like children in abusive situations, are not able to protect themselves.
KUDOS as well to the police and animal control officers who have responded to these calls and undoubtedly saved numerous lives, and in particular to the officer in Ohio who responded to a call reporting a dog locked in a car in a Walmart parking lot with temperatures in the 80s, removed the dog from the vehicle, then had the owner sit in her car for 10 minutes with the engine off when she returned. Hopefully after experiencing for herself what she put her dog through, this woman will be much more responsible in the future.
We can all help put an end to this form of animal cruelty by being vigilant in watching for this situation as we walk our neighborhood streets and parking areas this summer, and by encouraging our law enforcement officials to pursue Class A misdemeanor charges in cases such as the recent one in Park City on Jun 28 involving the two golden retrievers left in an SUV in the sun, with temperatures above 90 degrees.
Our 4-legged friends depend on their owners for their safety and well-being, just as small children depend on their parents. So if we witness a situation where those owners are letting them down, then let us all step up to protect them.
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Pops concert neglected veterans
I am a 65-year old resident of Park City. My husband and I have attended the Deer Valley 4th of July Pops Concert every year since its inception 14 years ago. Every year a segment of the program was dedicated to salute veterans from all of the branches of the American Military. The orchestra would play part of the anthem of each branch of service and the men and women who served, past and present, would stand and be acknowledged by the audience.
My husband served in the U.S. Army and I was always very proud to see him stand and get applause for his sacrifice. One year, I sat in the same row as a Navy nurse and she beamed when she heard the Navy anthem and was recognized with applause.
I understand that there are Americans who are against war of any kind; however, I believe that the good people who served and sacrificed should be thanked. I don’t know who made the decision to eliminate the salute to the well-deserved men and women, but I think it was a mistake.
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Pickleball Courts needed in Park City
If you have not heard of Pickleball, you will. Its popularity is exploding across the country and in Park City over 125 people have signed up for organized play. It’s an inexpensive fun court game for all ages and abilities that’s athletic and very social. Local committed Pickleball enthusiasts are introducing more people to the game every week at Willow Creek and the MARC.
Last week there were 25 people playing at Willow Creek using one tennis court with a temporary conversion to two Pickleball courts. eight people were playing tennis on the other three tennis courts. One tennis court can be permanently converted to four Pickleball courts or existing tennis courts can easily accommodate Pickleball. You can inexpensively paint lines on tennis courts and use a strap to drop the net two inches. In Arizona and other places, this is routinely done in response to the demand.
Why is this not happening in Park City? Many of the tennis courts throughout the community are not regularly used and there is certainly growing interest in Pickleball. I implore the city and county leaders to investigate the need and modify existing assets to meet the demand. Warning, Pickleball is addictive.
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Drivers need to change attitude about the yellow light
Wake up Utah! We can only run red lights for so long before someone dies. There was a near miss at Kimball Junction this past weekend. When the signal light turns yellow it means stop, not step on it. The waiting time can be as little as 15 seconds and is rarely more than 60 seconds. Surely our schedules can allow for a brief stop or two. When it turns green you should be able to go, unless of course there are three or four vehicles still crossing in front of you from the left-turn lane.
When I learned to drive we were taught that one car could make a left when the light turned yellow then red. A combination of better driving habits and stricter law enforcement can correct these problems. Let’s all do our part.