Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 07.06.15

Lauren Sawyers
Lauren Sawyers

In response to “A Supreme blow to democracy” (July 1 Viewpoint):

Marriage, pie and constitutional rights

Yes, popular vote in many states called for the denial of legal marriage rights for gays and lesbians, but the Supreme Court rightly served as the interpreter and defender of constitutional rights for all people, not just the popular majority.

Most Americans might prefer apple pie, but that doesn’t give them the collective right to deny those who prefer blueberry.

As long as my preference for blueberry in no way causes harm or infringes on your right to enjoy apple, that right should be protected.

Legalizing gay marriage simply extends constitutional rights to everyone, not just the popular majority. And, importantly, traditional marriage remains intact.

Now everyone can have their pie and eat it, too!

Lauren Sawyers


Marriage ruling has me wondering who’ll protect my constitutional rights

The United States was founded on religious freedom!

Through scripture God has asked the Church to be “in the world,” and not “of the world.” The Church is asked to help model moral behavior as laid out in scripture.

Now that people with long-standing moral positions are in the minority, where is our protection from popular morality?

Sandi McGarrah


As society becomes more secular, significance of civil marriages grows

At its heart, marriage is a secular, state institution that awards certain legal privileges and responsibilities.

My husband and I chose to get married by a judge since neither of us has any ties to religion.

Society is becoming more secularized and I suspect that we will see fewer church weddings in the future.

It doesn’t make those marriages any less important or loving.

Jill Calvert


In response to “Let Alexander Hamilton be, he’s important part of U.S. history” (July 1 Forum):

Too soon to put a woman on $10 bill, wait for one of remarkable achievement

I understand Forum writer Jim Beatty’s confusion over our removing Alexander Hamilton from our $10 bills, and replacing him with the image of a woman.

Having two daughters and granddaughters I certainly want all the respect and recognition that women are entitled to.

When America inevitably has a woman of remarkable achievement, perhaps our first female president, then placing a woman’s image on our currency would be warranted.

But, in the meantime, this is political correctness carried too far.

Barry Marshall


In response to “Shakespeare troupe cancels summer season” (June 30):

Here’s hoping Shakespeare shows make a quick return to The Green

I was saddened to read about the demise of the Shakespeare performances on The Green.

As a resident of the Radcliffe condominiums above The Green, I enjoyed the vitality and urban feeling the shows generated. Families would bring lawn chairs and their children, have a picnic dinner, and enjoy Shakespeare in a beautiful outdoor setting.

It is a great pity that the costs for the performance have gone up so much that it is no longer sustainable.

Hopefully, this event will be resurrected next year for all to enjoy.

Bill Rice


In response to “Bill loosens N.C. environmental regulations” (July 1):

Legislature heeds call of almighty dollar, not call to protect natural resources

It is heart-rending to read once again about this legislature’s rampage against the natural resources of our fine state.

And this time, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources itself agrees.

The 54 pages of proposed loosening of environmental regulations appears to be the work of people who’ve lost any understanding of our call as people of faith to be good stewards of God’s creation.

The call of the almighty dollar continues for Sen. Trudy Wade and her colleagues, with no thought that in fouling our own nest all creation suffers, not just our natural resources.

This is not my N.C.

Nancy C. Bryant