Archive for September, 2008

Following is a letter to The Californian in today’s newspaper, Sept. 30.

I really couldn’t have said it better and strongly believe and support the right of all people to marry. One day, I believe we will look back and see bigotry and small-mindedness in opposing this right.

Prop. 8 would write bigotry into law

To those working tirelessly to pass Proposition 8: I am a 55-year-old Republican grandfather, married for over 25 years. We have two grown sons, one in college, and the other a married working man. We are an extremely close and happy traditional family. For the life of me, I cannot figure out what protection you are trying to put into place with the launch of this proposition. It is clearly an attempt to write bigotry into state law. Marriage is not under attack. Marriage is a ceremony where two people take an oath of love and commitment before family and friends. Prop. 8 seeks to change this simple ceremony to the exclusion of a segment of our population. To what end? For what purpose? What are you afraid of?

The world is full of people who have different points of view and different lifestyles. Perhaps it’s time to get out of the hate-mongering business. We all know Prop. 8’s agenda is one of hate and segregation. Is this really where you want to be spending your time and your money? Maybe you could spend it helping our veterans or eliminating poverty in your communities, or maybe you should just stay home and think about the example you are setting for your own children, for all of our children. Please put down the pitchforks and torches. Do something helpful, not hurtful.

Ron Parent



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It’s reached a point where I’m resigned to whomever wins this election. The country continues to be divided, one against the other. Conservative writers and liberal writers make each other sound alien and scary.

Articles and opinions I’ve read about the candidates show voters finding so little difference between them. And, the things that appear momentous are blips compared to the larger issues. Still, they are the focus of attention. Amazing.

A writer I respect, Anna Quindlen, voiced her opinion (“This is Important,” Newsweek, Sept. 29, 2008, http://www.newsweek.com/id/160062) about these things, and it made sense to me.

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New beginning

Probably redundant…beginnings are new, after all.

Decided to blog, but more like a personal journal and not public oratory. Not sure why I will do this. But, it seemed to be something that will help draw out the words and feelings that have built up during this stressful political period. I’m taking the election personally!

Anyway, “moving into” this blog spot was like moving into a new home. Empty rooms. Possibilities. Strangeness. I do like the theme photo. Can’t find a Twitter widget. Not sure where I’ll put stuff or what stuff I’ll have.

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