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Letters to the Editor Feb. 11, 2014

Nothing wrong with public display of love

This morning I was feeling about as happy as I could be, mostly because I share a wonderful, loving relationship with my partner. We stood next to each other — in public — and I kissed her cheek several times as we stood close to each other, embracing.

I was a bit shocked when someone marched over and informed us of his view that this was inappropriate. He said that he “might have to ask us to leave.” I reacted badly, I’m afraid. Something hit me and I became angered, and for that I am embarrassed. But for nothing else will I ever apologize.

It wasn’t aggravation about yet another absurd rule or law — there are plenty of those and I’m almost used to them. Or that someone can be so twisted to deem PDA (public display of affection) as some kind of disorder in a disorder-crazed society.

In that moment I reflected on the whole of human suffering, all of the really serious problems in our world like poverty, hunger, homelessness, teenagers shipped off to fight endless, undeclared wars that kill tens of millions of people around the world, disease and prisons for profit, drug addiction, ubiquitous direct and indirect slavery and oppression, violence and depravity in our neighborhoods, all of it.

We don’t hear much protest about these things. Instead, I am confronted with kissing the love of my life on the cheek and standing too close to her. That human affection is an objectionable offense in any way must surely be a sign of the insanity and hypocrisy of our over-sexualized, repressed culture.

Or, possibly worse, it is a sign of our increasingly sociopathic society. Either way, the whole thing is disturbing to me. After cooling down, I am only curious about how many people could also be offended by an expression of love. Maybe it’s 51 percent, but after thinking some more on it I do not care if it’s 99 percent who are against it.

You see, one may argue that if the majority (or some other arbitrary value) feel a behavior is wrong then that behavior should not be allowed. Or adopted into “political correctness.” But I argue that there are some “public sentiments” that are wrong on their own merit, and any public opinion that is averse to harmless displays of affection is one of them.

 Dan Schultz,

Crescent City

U.S. leaders supporting neo-fascists in Ukraine

What a proud moment in world history. It brought a tear to me and every glass eye in the world to see the Nazi rabble in the streets bring down the government in the Ukraine. What a proud moment for democracy, just like when the Muslim extremists got their way during the “Arab Spring.”

I do not exaggerate when I talk about Nazis in the Ukraine. Nazi groups and other racists are a big part of the so-called opposition in the Ukraine.

What do loud-mouthed politicians like Joe Biden and John McCain do? Do they denounce the violence and the domestic terrorism of the Nazis and their political allies against the government in the Ukraine?

No! They come out and support the neo-fascist thugs in the Ukraine.

John McCain even went over to the Ukraine to participate in one of the so-called anti-government protests. It was indeed odd that John McCain was caught standing next to a Nazi at the anti-government protest in the Ukraine.

Remember kids, the Tea Party is extremist, but John McCain is a moderate. John McCain is the same person who got caught shaking hands with a well-known terrorist operative in Syria during the summer.

Come to think of it, wimpy little hippies like John Lennon are wrong and John McCain is right. 

Give war a chance!

Joe Thomas,

Brookings

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