Letters to the editor, Feb. 20
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Updated: March 21, 2013 6:05AM
Study wasn’t about what writer implied it meant
On Feb. 3, the Post-Tribune published a letter from Paul Kokoski regarding studies by the journal Social Science Research that claimed children of same sex couples are statistically at a disadvantage in several areas.
The author of the original research (Mark Regnerus) has admitted his research wasn’t about gay parenting because Regnerus’ criteria was whether a kid’s parent ever had a same-sex relationship, regardless of how long it lasted or what role it played in parenting.
As stated on the website, thinkprogress.org: “Regnerus even admits ‘this is not about saying gay or lesbian parents are inherently bad,’ because he knows he has no foundation on which to make such a claim.” This was a study about unstable couples, possibly in sham marriages, who may have dabbled in same-sex relationships at a time when there was no recognition for same-sex couples in the country. The study’s results have zero implication for conversations about committed same-sex couples already raising children.
The source of this story is the Family Research Council, a faith-based organization. Let’s stick to equality under the law for all citizens to love whom they wish.
W. James Spicer
Government should spend
to make more jobs, not war
I have lived through World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War with the Soviet Union, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan; war and enemies have always been everywhere.
As an adult, I saw the folly of this during college in the ’60s when I was denied admission to graduate school due to my anti-war activities. My Constitutional right to free speech got me in trouble with those who advocated war. I have not been the same since.
We are now engaged in America’s longest war — in Afghanistan. Yet we will stay there until 2014. Why? More Afghans and Americans will die, billions more will be spent, money that will go directly to the 1 percent. How does this make us freer?
Americans need to understand how public money is allocated: 31 percent of the national budget is discretionary; that means we can use that money on energy, the environment, science, education and the military. But of that, a whopping 57 percent goes to the military. Not much left for people yet the people pay the lion’s share of taxes.
Shockingly, $1 billion spent on education yields 26,700 jobs; that same amount spent on the military gets us only 11,200 jobs.
As to the national debt, we could reduce it by $1 trillion through lowering the number of our nuclear weapons, canceling Cold War research and reducing active duty troops in Europe and Asia.
The way out of the abyss of war is clear. Decades back, Marvin Gaye told us that “War is not the answer.” It never was and never will be. Today we cry “Jobs, not war!” I believe this has to resonate with each of us.