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Butler right for UMM job

The writer of an Aug. 19 letter ("Is UMM hiring process fair?"), though inadvertently, left the impression that Chris Butler does not have top-notch qualifications for the sports information director job at the University of Minnesota, Morris. In addition to being a sportswriter, sportscaster, news director, and radio station general manager, he has written and helped film at least two PBS-aired documentaries (plus TV-townhall meetings, feature writing, technical writing, grantswriting, teaching English, and probably lots more I don't know about). He is at ease on the radio, on TV, and in print. I have worked with him twice and have been impressed. Chris is very experienced, and an exceptional communicator.

Sue Granger


Not doing anyone a favor

The following is an open letter to Christians.

The campaign has been going on for years, hasn't it? People who practiced homosexuality banded together and claimed a perfectly innocent word -- gay -- to be the new term to define the group.

Others who struggled with or defiantly opposed the traditional definitions of sexuality and marriage -- gays, lesbians, trans-genders, and bisexuals -- formed a political block to campaign for civil rights, as though they were a mistreated race.

On the Hollywood front, writers worked hard to promote the "gay community" in glowing terms. For TV and the big screen, characters were written in who were gay. They were portrayed as the smart ones, the witty ones, the fun ones, or the most honest in the group. All this was done to soften public opinion and gain acceptance.

On the street, gay pride parades and other events earned face time in the news, and made gays seem much more "the norm" than their small numbers would attest.

In the churches they infiltrated or successfully persuaded, they managed to make a place for themselves, with some groups taken over completely, others condoning or being divided on the issue.

Since January 2009 alone, a major church body announced it would offer a compromise on "the gay clergy issue"; several states have passed "gay marriage" legislation, and articles proclaiming joyful progress for gays and lesbians have been printed. Even at our local level, a commentary found space in the paper (Commentary, "Gays, God Abhors you," March 4 Sun Tribune) in which a local lesbian took us to school on the beauty of a lesbian relationship vs. the ugliness of anyone who would naysay them.

And what has been the Christian response? Silence? Private grumbling? Personal questioning? Approval? You do realize, don't you, that we are not doing anyone a favor by failing to witness.

God our Creator made us sexual beings, and gave mankind the gift of marriage: the lifelong union of one man and one woman. It is within this and only within this relationship that God intends sexual expression to take place. Any sexual activity outside of biblically defined marriage is a sin.

In St. Paul's first letter to the church in Corinth, he puts teeth in God's standard. In chapter 6, verses 9 and 10, he lists sins that break various commands of God -- several of which go against the Sixth Commandment, including homosexuality --and states that those who continue to do these things will not enter the kingdom of heaven. (That's a nice way of saying they're headed for hell, by the way.)

We as Christians need to hold up God's Law to people, so they can see their sin, and follow with the Gospel, which proclaims that Jesus is the Savior from sin. To tell people "Jesus loves you!" and let people continue in sin, unrepentant and proud, is to set them up for an eternal fall. Jesus himself taught us in Matthew 7:21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."

Christians, consider the importance of hearing God's Word, accepting His will, and witnessing of your Savior from sin to others.

Rev. Donald Main


Send in the clowns

Years ago, when a circus performer fell from the high wire, the director would put out the order to "send in the clowns." The clowns would distract the people from the tragedy in front of them.

Today, we have an ongoing tragedy in front of us. It is estimated that about 95,000 people are losing their health coverage each week and will join the 47 million who are already without insurance. Medical expenses are driving about 60,000 a month to bankruptcy court.

Many of these people had insurance, but when they fell from the wire, they found the net below had been pulled away.

Send in the clowns.

At the present circus, now called a "town hall debate", the clowns are out in full force. One determined-looking man came with a gun strapped to his leg. I wonder who or what sent him to the big top?

Another outraged man showed up to confront Senator Arnold Specter. "One day, God's gonna stand before you," he said. "And he's gonna judge you and the rest of your damn cronies up on the hill ... and then you can get your just desserts."

This theologian informs us that God will not be kind to those who believe health care should be available to all children, the jobless, the homeless and the poor. This is not good news for all Europeans. I guess God will stand with the insurance executives who ration health care everyday (death panels?).

In 1961, Ronald Reagan campaigned against socialized medicine (Medicare). In one 10 minute speech, he used the words "socialist" or "socialism" fifteen times to describe the program. His campaign failed but he did succeed in scaring a few flocks of silly geese half to death.

I would suggest people listen to those who have a command of the facts. Marcia Angell, M.D., Senior Lecturer, Harvard Medical School; Geri Jenkins, R.N., California Nurses Association and Walter Tsou, M.D., Physicians for a National Health Program, testified before congress on June 10, 2009. They do not support any of the reforms presently being considered, including President Obama's. Marcia Angell is a former Editor-in Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine. All three have about five minute videos on the internet. Google Marcia Angell's testimony before Congress. After you have watched Angell's brilliant presentation, you will not want to go back to the circus.

Norman Gronwold