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Robert Rosencrantz's statement on Referendum 71

Personally and as public policy, I strongly support R-71.

Permanent, loving relationships are the cornerstone of a strong and durable society. We should actively encourage them. Whether they are between people of the same sex is irrelevant; America should be gender-blind as well as color-blind towards people in love.

I am certain that R-71 will be approved and our State will be the better for it. Please join me in supporting R-71 by voting "approve."

Robert Rosencrantz



ED MURRAY, WE NEED YOU

I admit I would not like to see our seasoned senator leave a void in the State Senate, where he is a leader who brings people together across the aisle, who has defended programs for people with HIV/AIDS, and one of a very few Seattle Legislators with the will and the wisdom to address our transportation woes. But frankly I don't want to see Seattle led by Mr. Either or Mr. Or. Neither candidate for mayor has the depth of experience or ability to lead Seattle. They are, unfortunately, so typical of a city that will vote its future to death while other cities solve their problems.

Senator Murray is the only Seattle politician who could move this city forward, address the problems of budget crisis, public safety and transportation (to mention three of many) and do so without alienating the vast majority of those of us who live here. Senator Murray might be the only person capable of getting the self-absorbed members of our city council to stop their endless pursuit of "me" politics for "all-of-us" solutions.

Whether you like it or not, Ed, I am writing you in.

Bob Doyle



CHOICES FOR SEATTLE MAYOR

After looking at more opinions for Seattle mayor and King Co. Council head. I may rethink my choice for mayor. Mallahan is "out of the loop" in politics. Being a highly paid corporate man who hasn't voted in 10+ elections? I do see he got a favorable rating for the LGBT community, but so did McGinn! McGinn has been very much into the environment, and no dummy in handling and running a non-profit corporation. Mallahan has the big bucks of his own from a high-roller salary at T-Mobile. I will probably send a donation or two to the McGinn campaign. As for the King County head, I am NOT voting for Ms. Hutchison, she is just a right wing Republican pretty TV face, with no council experience as has Dow Constantine over the years. As I'd said, McGinn would be appear comfortable as a bartender at C.C.'s! Not so with preppy Mallahan!

Lenny



BRING ATTACKERS (AND POLICE) TO JUSTICE

Thank you for publishing this story about the incident [Violent attacks continue on Capitol Hill, 8/28/09]. This is a maddening situation. What can we do to bring not only this attacker but the policeman to the forefront?

I live downtown and many nights, very late I can hear druggies, street people, or idiots in general so loud they wake us up. This has been going on for years and the police do next to nothing about it and when you call them in the middle of the night they sometimes never show or even hang up on you. Swear to god. Several tenants in the building have tried the same thing with no success.

I feel the only way to start making a change is to expose them more publicly.

Between what I've experienced and what Sean B. experienced and so many others, I feel the police need to be brought into question as our so-called protectors.

Marc



WHY JESUS CHRIST WOULD VOTE "YES" ON REF. 71

As the pastor of a Christian church who is in support of domestic partnerships having the same rights as married couples, I am greatly dismayed that those who have led the cause to get Referendum 71 onto the ballot this year call themselves Christian but are conducting themselves in anything but a Christian manner. They have used hateful words and untruthful speech against those they oppose, clearly ignoring the words of Jesus Christ to accept, love, care for and affirm all persons, especially those who are different from you.

The supporters of Referendum 71 have used deceit and lies to get people to sign the petition by telling others that the law under question, which gives domestic partners the same rights as married couples, would create situations which would restrict their free speech rights, resulting in the arrest of pastors preaching from their pulpits, or that it would somehow force public schools to teach about sexuality issues. Neither statement is true; both are lies used to incite hateful thinking and cause persons to sign petitions they might not otherwise have signed had the information they were being given been truthful. The so-called "everything but marriage law" does nothing to change free speech liberties or educational laws. Are lies and deceitful behavior Christian? I don't think so.

The Washington Values Alliance website states: "Hate crimes laws were enacted within months of the passage of same-sex marriage in Canada. The federal Hate Crimes Bill passed the U.S. House on Thursday of this week. We may be running out of time to address this issue without fear of jail time. I believe it would be foolish to wait another 10 months to two years to run an initiative under the current circumstances."

I am at a loss to explain how so-called Christian people could oppose a Hate Crimes Bill that would address many of the issues Jesus Christ spoke about himself: justice, equality, the end of violence and hate. How is the hate crimes law even related to the domestic partnership law in the state of Washington?

The Washington Values Alliance also states: "I believe that Christians are paying more attention to the issues at hand during these rough economic times (because of a newfound reliance on the Lord) and are more willing to get involved in political matters than they were during the good times."

I would hope that true Christians who understand the love and words of Jesus Christ will be paying more attention to the deceptive, deceitful, lying behavior of groups like Washington Values Alliance who, in my opinion, are exhibiting anything but Christian behavior.

During the presidential campaign of 1971, the late Rev. Jerry Falwell was asked why he lied about Jimmy Carter during an interview in which he opposed Jimmy Carter's election to be president, he responded, "The end justifies the means." In other words, it's okay to lie, even if you are Christian or a Christian pastor, if you think that will result in your side winning. Doesn't sound much different from the behavior of some non-Christians.

Jesus Christ continually fought a battle of truth with the religious fundamentalists of his day. The Pharisees and religious lawyers constantly called his teaching and behavior into question, saying he was not acting consistently with their own understanding of the Holy Scriptures. Jesus was quick to point out to them in Mark 7 that those religious authorities invented rules to interpret their Scriptures and then made those rules more important than the scriptures themselves. So it is with modern-day religious fundamentalists who are telling people that they must oppose equality and justice issues. They are making their own personal interpretations of the scriptures more important than the scriptures themselves. They are telling us that the God of Love is now the God of Hate. I protest loudly about this horrible twisting of the Holy Scriptures.

The domestic partnership law isn't about "special rights." It is, however, about equal rights, something Jesus Christ would definitely support! Stand up with Jesus Christ for justice and equality. Vote "Yes" to affirm Referendum 71.

Rev. Ray Neal
MCC Seattle

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