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Letters to the Editor Jan. 23, 2010

Marriage a religious institution between a man and a woman


I sat quietly through the Prop. 8 campaign, reading the editorials and news articles, and holding my tongue, thinking that someone would make some sense of it all, and that the noise would die down. With the trial in session, that still hasn’t happened. I cannot in good conscience sit quietly and not speak my piece.

One side says that religion should not be involved. Why, then, seek to call it a marriage? Marriage, from the very beginning, has always been a religious institution. It is a covenant between a man and a woman before the eyes of God to love, honor, and obey, and to cleave to each other and no one else.

Marriage wasn’t ever defined in the constitution (state or otherwise) because it never needed to be. If you want a definition to a word, you look it up in a dictionary.

One side claims that it does not have the same legal rights as a married couple. With “next of kin,” “beneficiary,” and “power of attorney,” I find that hard to believe. With these three items, you have just as much authority as any married person, if not more so. It would be easier to change insurance laws than the institution of marriage.

If a small group of people (i.e. Supreme Court judges, political activists) can contradict what the majority knows to be right, does that change wrong to right? If the government told me that my dog is now a cat, I would still know in my heart that my dog is a dog.

Let’s try this on for size. Let’s say it’s legal for same-sex marriage in California, and now you and your significant other are enjoying the bliss of holy matrimony. Ten years from now, Ms. Jones decides she wants to marry her German shepherd, and Mr. Brown wants to marry his blue-ribbon black angus. Regardless of what animal activists might think, according to you we can’t violate their civil rights, or discriminate against them just because of their sexual orientation.

This small band of people wants to make a travesty of the one thing you hold most sacred. How are you going to vote?

 James Perkins

Crescent City


An obnoxious few give the homeless a bad reputation


In the Jan. 21 article “Law targets solicitors,” Police Chief Doug Plack states that the homeless can make up to $50 a day. Not in Crescent City! For six years my clients made $3-$5 a day weather permitting, and not every day.

This is needed for laundry, hot coffee, pharmaceuticals, bus fare (it costs $1 to travel to CAN), tarps, sterno, replacement of lost ID, P.O. box fees, travel to specialists and SSI hearings in Eureka. The latter is not covered by the free medical bus, as it only goes certain days.

Because of sign-holding, we have been able to get several clients into public housing. They have to have funds for required utilities. The average cost of surviving on the street while waiting for SSI is $50 a month.

There are only two legal ways for the homeless/jobless to get any income — collecting cans for which there is a lot of competition and holding up a sign for volunteer donations.

Drinking in public is already illegal. As to incidents for competition for locations, this is nothing compared to the average of 60 incidents and arrests of the general public printed in The Triplicate every week.

What would you do if you lost your job and had no support system such as family? You can’t get welfare unless you have children. Employment insurance won’t cover your rent and will run out. Even if you can work, jobs are almost impossible to find. Your only option is to get a Federal Food Card and hold up a sign or try to collect cans until an opportunity arrives.

Why are so many discriminating against the homeless who are just trying to stay alive? Because of an obnoxious few, who are also found among people who have homes.

The hospital turns out an average of four homeless people a month with broken limbs and very ill and with no place to recuperate. This isn’t the hospital’s fault. But the community could provide at least one house for these poor souls to get well.

The tourists should be used to seeing the homeless because they are in every town. But no one should be allowed to approach someone directly for money.

Carolynn Starr

Homeless Help coordinator

Crescent City

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