Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 06.10.15

Kay Gialenios
Kay Gialenios

In response to “Franklin Graham calls for boycott of Wells Fargo” (June 9):

Franklin Graham has gone too far

I greatly admire and respect the Graham family and all the wonderful work that they do, but I think Franklin Graham has gone too far in asking us to boycott businesses that “promote sin in their advertising”!

The ad is a beautiful one with two loving mothers helping their child. If the couple is living in “sin,” then they must answer for that.

Should we “good Christians” also boycott theaters that show X-rated movies, restaurants that serve alcohol, etc.? The list goes on!

What Franklin Graham does as far as his banking is up to him, but he should not push his opinion on us.

Kay W. Gialenios


Monetary, not moral, issues drive Wells Fargo’s ads

In defending the Wells Fargo same-sex couple ad, a spokeswoman said “Our advertising content…represents the diversity of the communities we serve.”

If that is their criterion, why hasn’t Wells Fargo published an ad that includes a couple affirming the sanctity of unborn children? Wells Fargo certainly serves customers who strongly affirm the sanctity of human life.

It is clear that Wells Fargo’s advertising content is not determined by the diversity of the communities it serves, but rather by the moral issues the company believes will result in monetary gain and those with which they agree.

Rev. Rick D. Slate


Follow your own moral compass, not someone else’s

Franklin Graham has every right to move the financial wealth of his powerful organizations from one bank to another.

He said Wells Fargo “should not be trying to get into a moral debate...” The problem is that this is far more than a moral debate. It is a government and constitutional issue.

The former is based on personal beliefs and should be kept personal. The latter is a universal issue of equal protection and rights under the law.

As a gay Christian, I strive to follow the Ten Commandments and words of our Lord: Love those who hate you and bless those who persecute you. May God bless you, Dr. Graham.

Hal Via


In response to “Which of these procedures is not like the other? (June 9 Forum):

3-day wait is not unreasonable when it comes to abortion

I did not attend medical school like Forum writer William Wortman Jr., but even I know the difference between emergency and elective surgery.

All of the procedures he cites, except “undesired pregnancy,” are emergencies.

All abortions are elective, all abortions result in the death of a child, and almost all abortion candidates can safely wait a few more days.

Bob Buch


In response to “Lang sparks wrong questions” (June 7 Viewpoint):

Wanted: Brave politicians to sell U.S. on universal health care

Thanks to Jessica Schorr Saxe for her sensible comments about health care.

We need to come to a national conclusion about who should have it and who should pay for it, or we will continue to have cases such as Luis Lang.

Crowd-funding appears to have worked for him, but this will diminish as cases increase.

Generally, we are motivated by what something will cost. Let’s find some brave politicians who will help us get over the bad rap universal health care has gotten and help us realize that a unified system can be cheaper in the long run.

Melva Hanna


In response to “A Toyota, Gov.? Celebrate I-485 completion with U.S. brand” (June 9 Forum):

Today’s Toyota Camry has more American parts than a Ford F150

Forum writer Bill Hirzel complained about Gov. Pat McCrory driving a Toyota Camry for the opening of I-485 instead of an American car.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the highest American parts content (defined as U.S./Canadian) for 2015 was 75 percent.

The American content of a 2015 Toyota Camry is also 75 percent. The highest Ford was the F150 at 70 percent.

To check your car, search http://1.usa.gov/1KZxp6R.

Kevin Russell