Letter to editor seen as degrading, close-minded
Speaking as a “young person of America,” I believe every human being was created in God’s image. One cannot try and place blame on gays or lesbians based on their own views of God and society.
The author of a recent letter to the editor should not generalize the younger generation as closed-minded. As a 19-year-old, trust me, we know more about what’s happening in this day and age than one could even grasp. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but this article seemingly intended to slam and degrade gays and lesbians. Who you love is entirely up to you and most of the time you cannot help who you fall in love with. How is gay marriage a privilege? You speak of it as them receiving special rights. What gives you the qualifications to classify who can and cannot get married?
As far as I’m concerned, this article is judgmental and nosy. Regardless of people’s preferences, they are still people. Our ancestors enslaved innocent African Americans because of the belief and our “right” that we were superior. In my eyes, the accusations and judgement placed on gays and lesbians comes from a simialr viewpoint. No one person is more superior than another and no one person has the right to judge another. As a firm believer in God, no one has the right to downgrade this issue but Him. If this article is written based on the teachings of God then leave his judgement with him and don’t try to do his work.
The only thing “perverse” about this situation is the amount of people who think they have the right to place themselves above any gay or lesbian. Anything that is not “socially accepted” is fought and met with strong opinions. Are women’s rights not established? Are people of black ethnicity still slaves? Things change. Society changes. Either roll with the punches or be stuck bitter in the past. This article is full of strong opinions and this is my strong opinion.
No one is forcing their lifestyles or beliefs on you, so my advice for the author is to grow up and look around. There have always been gays and lesbians, it’s just now that society is more accepting and open about it. With all the corruption and bad people in the world, this is one of the least of my concerns.
Grace Fazzi Bear Creek
Volunteer spirit abounds in Fresh Air Fund program
National Volunteer Week marks a special time of year for The Fresh Air Fund, and I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to our dedicated Fresh Air volunteers, hosts and supporters in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Their commitment to helping New York City children is exemplary for all community members and truly embodies the spirit of the 2013 National Volunteer Week theme, “Celebrating People in Action.”
Fresh Air volunteers work in several capacities throughout the year in 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada to help make The Fresh Air Fund’s programs possible. Fresh Air host families open their homes and share the everyday joys of summertime with their Fresh Air friends. Our local volunteer leaders – many of whom are also hosts – serve on our local committees, plan summer activities, publicize the program and interview prospective host families. Additionally, individuals and local businesses give generously of their time and resources to make The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program throughout this area a great success each summer.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children since 1877.
For more information on how you can help to continue this wonderful tradition of volunteering, please call The Fresh Air Fund at 1-800-367-0003 or visit www.freshair.org.