Parade sends mixed message

Parade sends mixed message

I’m writing in regard to what I considered a family-oriented event, The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, this past Sunday in Boardman.

However, to my astonishment, and in front of my husband and grandchildren, I looked up and saw a banner with the words Gay Pride, and behind it another banner promoting The Gay Pride Festival.

These people ought to be ashamed of themselves, promoting their evil life style, which is not only against God, but against nature. Decent people don’t have to be subjected to this kind of thing. It’s a shame they feel a need to ruin things for others.

My husband and I have taken our grandchildren to this parade for about 12 years, but it has reached an all time low, and we will no longer attend it. We can find another way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Margaret Marsh, Youngstown

Severance tax is a bad idea

The proposed tax on oil and gas companies made by Gov. Kasich comes at a horrible time. The severance tax was already more than doubled just three years ago. As the owner of grocery stores in Youngstown, I’ve seen firsthand that the Utica shale formation in Ohio is just beginning to flourish. It would be a shame to put a stop to it before we know what it has to offer.

The oil and natural gas boom in Ohio has already made great economic contributions to the state and there is potential for it to generate even more jobs and revenue. Shutting it down now could harm the economic growth and success for the State. This severance tax is not necessary at the moment and should at the very least be put off until we can figure out exactly what advantages could come of this industry in Ohio.

Ron Graff Jr., Youngstown

The writer is vice president of store operations, Columbiana Foods Inc.

Same sex marriage isn’t as divisive an issue as it once was

While Bertram de souza’s column on Sunday made for an enjoyable read, it was shortsighted.

The column foreshadowed the 2014 gubernatorial race as being bogged down with votes by Ohioans driven to the polls over a same-sex marriage amendment.

If the election were held tomorrow, that may very well be the case.

But in between then and now, the Supreme Court will consider and rule on two different same-sex marriage cases. Later this month, the constitutionality of California’s Prop. 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act will both be assessed. Sometime this summer we can expect the court’s ruling.

With growing support for the legality of same-sex marriages nationwide, it’s hard to imagine the court not ruling.

Granted, the court is predominately conservative. But then again, Chief Justice John Roberts just led an otherwise liberal majority in a decision that upheld Obamacare’s individual mandate.

Stranger things have happened.

Should the court opt not to grant it permissible, de Souza’s scenario may very well come to fruition.

Even still, we’re living in different times than when Karl Rove was able to brainwash the average American into thinking same-sex marriages ruin society and destroys the institution of marriage.

But societal approval of same-sex marriage is on an upward trajectory.

As more and more people wake up and realize there’s no difference between opposite-sex couples and their same-sex counterparts, there’s little that can be done that can reverse our country’s growing acceptance. All that’s left now is for Rove to spend millions of dollars on television ads filled with divisive messages.

Because that worked so well in 2012.

Jordan D. Uhl, Canfield

The writer is managing editor of The Jambar at Youngstown State University and president of the Society for Collegiate Journalists.

Rewriting the Constitution

I am compelled to respond to the March 3 letter, “Bottomline: The People Spoke.” I was very surprised to learn what is in, and what is not in our U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The writer rightly mentioned “fair taxation policy” (16th Amendment), as part of our founding documents. But he failed to mention as true “blessings of liberty” the right of individual justice (6th & 7th and 14th), and the right to vote (15th, 19th and 24th). Or did the writer simply take these rights for granted?

Our founding documents do not include the right to a quality education, which is affirmed in most state constitutions or a minimum wage, (congressional or state legislation). Social Security, Medicare, etc. are at best mentioned only in the sense of “general welfare” (in the preamble) and, again, are adopted through congressional legislation.

The founding fathers put special emphasis on limiting federal power through the 10th Amendment, reserving undelegated powers to the states. I believe the states should oversee most personal social rights (the electorate and courts). I suggest that every citizen periodically review our founding documents to define the true “blessings of liberty,” such as reaffirming certain unalienable rights of life, liberty and due process of law (14th amendment).

Bob Parish, Columbiana

‘Under attack’ ... Really?

The letter, “Christianity under attack in US” is laughable and shows ignorance of what the true Christian faith really should be like. In other countries Christians are being killed and here when someone makes fun of Christians on a TV program they get upset.

Jesus said that there is a time coming when those who kill you think they are doing a service to God and that believers are blessed when people hate them, use them and persecute them. The book of Acts and history shows that when Christians are obedient to God they will be persecuted outwardly.

Youngstown is one of the friendliest places for Christians and anyone who doesn’t think so should go to the Bronx, where I lived for over 40 years, and try to preach the gospel there.

America is not a Christian country and never has been. America is based on freedom of religion or no religion. Christians in America have been so complacent that when someone criticizes them they think they are being persecuted.

This is still the greatest country in the world and anyone who has eyes to see and ears to hear knows that. This Pastor in Iran is rejoicing that he is being held prisoner because every Christian is the prisoner of Christ and will never fear what men can do to them.

I was the biggest coward in the world, and when I was converted in 1979 the Lord sent me into the streets of New York City to preach the gospel. People laughed, cursed, threatened and called my mother names, but I was committed to preach the Lord even unto death. That is the greatest freedom in the world, and what an honor it is to truly suffer for Jesus and the gospel.

Christians should stop complaining and start to love God, their neighbors and even their enemies, and then the world will see Jesus.

Leo Feher, Youngstown