Gays and ParadesAnother Independence Day has come and...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

July 15, 1994

Gays and Parades

Another Independence Day has come and gone. Another Fourth of July parade, with the usual marching bands, floats and fire engines, has passed by without incident.

It led me to wonder how long it will be before my home town's parade committee will have to decide between doing what they believe is right or simply following the questionably broad road of political correctness.

Should gay and lesbian groups march in our parades carrying banners that promote their style of sexual activity?

Is it really those of us who believe that they should not be allowed to do so who don't understand what Independence Day is all about?

I can tell you what it is not about. It is not about sex.

But as long as homosexuals insist upon calling attention to what should be a private matter, there are going to be problems for them.

Whether or not they are born that way, they must realize that, once they step out of the closet and declare their homosexuality openly, their sex lives become their most significant characteristic.

Unlike heterosexuals, most of whom have never felt the need to identify themselves as such, gay and lesbian sex does not have the redeeming social value of children.

With such a result at least possible from the coupling of a man and a woman, the rightness of heterosexual union can never be questioned.

Please recognize the fact that most heterosexuals do not hate homosexuals and are, in fact, trying to understand them to the degree that they can and to accept that which is possible to accept.

Refusal to accept the homosexual lifestyle is not homophobia or bigotry. Christians and conservatives are not alone.

Many objections to the acceptance of homosexuality are not based on religious beliefs or political ideology.

Rather, they are based on common sense, reason and the principles that have governed human relationships since time began.

Edith Boggs

Bel Air

Hypocrisy

Sen. Paul Sarbanes seems to believe in the old expression -- don't do as I do, do as I say.

When the Republicans get political action committee money and hold fund-raisers, it is terrible and wrong, and he strongly believes in reform.

Shame on him -- how can he say one thing but act in the opposite way?

I believe it is called hypocrisy.

I hope the voters of our state wake up and see him for what he really is.

Vera Papa

Baltimore

Use Headlights

Many people turn on their parking/directional signal lights in late afternoon and continue on as it gets darker. Perhaps they do this to be "cool" or because it makes them feel safer.

It certainly isn't safer. Parking lights on most cars are small compared to headlights and cannot easily be seen.

To be safer, turning on headlights only takes a little more effort.

In some states it is illegal to drive with parking lights. The most important thing is that having headlights on may save your life or the life of someone else.

Albert M. Jackson

Phoenix

Family Values

I read with some amusement Dick Fairbanks' July 10 letter regarding Peter Jay's essay, "The Idea of Being a Republican."

Where was Mr. Fairbanks during the 12 years of Republican administrations? These were times that featured trickle-down economics, leveraged buyouts and the compromising of pension funds -- all implicitly endorsed by a top-down attitude that urged us to get it all while we can. ("Are you better off now than you were four years ago?")

To this dreary list I could add Iran-contra, "family values" (featuring an attack on a TV sitcom but no desire to support a family leave bill), and an ideological unwillingness to recognize truly important problems (recall Mr. Reagan's rebuff of Surgeon General C. Everett Koop's recommendations on AIDS education).

Where in the world do Republicans have a corner on defending core values? The "family values" example says to me that Republicans are willing to defend an idea but do nothing of substance behind that idea, especially if it affects the bottom line.

Similarly, their unwillingness to seriously address the AIDS issue because of long-standing sexual taboos is alarming.

I agree with Mr. Fairbanks that we are long overdue for a social and political renaissance in this country. But let us be utterly clear-eyed in pursuing these goals and not automatically ascribe moral and ethical virtues to one political party.

Kurt R. Keydel Jr.

Severna Park

Pun in Poor Taste

I recognize and have an appreciation for the fact that your staff sometimes employs puns in headlines. In moderation, this is a fine practice that I'm sure most readers enjoy.

I take exception, however, to the manner in which that journalistic convention was used in the headline of Ken Rosenthal's column in the Sports section of The Sun June 26:

"Here's new twist: Jays flat, easy to roll over."

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