Ignoring science fest uncool
I realize that you're spread thin and it's hard to cover local events with limited manpower, but to neglect the Science Olympiad while giving extensive coverage to school sports sends a message: "Have a seat, nerd, there's a game going on."
If that's your intent, fine, but our family subscribes to the Daily News print edition to support the reportage, not because we need to. Superintendant Comeau gets plenty of ink talking about raising academic standards in the future. How about a few column inches devoted to kids walking the walk right now?
-- John F. Harris Jr.
GOP, Prevo in league together
Thank you for the article by Mr. Mauer titled the "Amendment to strip church-owned tax exemption defeated."
Paragraph 3 and 4 illustrate that the Republican Party is far too entrenched in Rev. Prevo's church. As a registered Republican, I find this unacceptable in so many ways. I am going to change my voting registration because of the local Republican Party's affiliation with this man and his church.
-- Sylenda Harvey
Heads in the sand won't help
Mayor Dan Sullivan would be a lot less smug if a majority of Anchorage voters had chosen, instead, to amend the city charter by removing equal rights protection for immigrants, welfare recipients, or any one of a number of other groups.
The reason we have a constitution and an independent judiciary is to protect against the "tyranny of the majority," a majority which, in the case of Proposition 5, has shown itself to be shamefully vulnerable to the fear-mongering, intolerance and hateful rhetoric of the Religious Right.
Education is a potent antidote to extremism and bigotry. Dan should yank his head out of the sand, attend a high school civics class, and push for increased funding and excellence in public education.
-- William M. Cox
Are voters bigoted or just using common sense?
Gays are already protected under both the State and Federal Constitutions (along with all the rest of us), yet they would like for us to increase their rights by diminishing our own? They are whining, because what they really want is acceptance. Otherwise, who would go around advertising their proclivities?
Why can't they simply live and let live, like the rest of us try to do? Who cares about or wants to know, what goes on in other people's bedrooms anyway? How would a landlord or employer know if they didn't tell them? Some people simply never find a suitable mate and live out their lives as spinsters or bachelors. So what?
But to try and make a public issue by sanctimoniously demanding acceptance, with all this righteous indignation, amounts to no more than a speck of dust in a windstorm.
-- Georgene R. O'Leary
Lincoln's assassination should always be noted, remembered
After the endless pounding of Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic on the 100th anniversary of its sinking, it astounds me that another tragedy from the night of April 14th that ended on the morning of the 15th went utterly unmentioned.
Once upon a time we all were taught that Abraham Lincoln, the greatest president in the history of this nation, died after being shot at Ford's Theater that night in 1865, and we took time to acknowledge it in our public life. It seems a generation that grew up mourning Leonardo DiCaprio no longer has a clue.
-- Bruce Orton