Thursday, December 16, 2010

Two Letters

The following appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News on November 8 (http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20101108_Letters__Assessing_the_state_of_the_Obama_presidency.html) No, mine has nothing to do with the Obama presidency:

"I'm in favor of gays and lesbians having the right to marry and adopt children, but Michael McGonigle (letters, Nov. 4) can't be taken seriously if he's comparing those who think differently to violent extremists who stone to death people who disagree with them (including gays and lesbians)."

-- and this appeared in the Delaware County Daily Times on November 27 (http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2010/11/27/opinion/doc4cf088bd81ed9269203692.txt):

"I distribute literature for two nationwide organizations that assist victims of domestic violence, and I am frustrated that people such as Nan E. Fagan (letters, Nov. 14) are still operating under the delusion that violence is a strictly male-on-female phenomenon.More than 250 studies, reviews and analyses demonstrate that women initiate domestic abuse against their male partners approximately as often as the reverse occurs. A recent study by the American Psychiatric Association indicates that, when only one partner in a heterosexual relationship is violent to the other, it is the woman almost 71 percent of the time.There is also a startlingly high amount of domestic violence within the gay and lesbian community. Like straight men, these victims are ignored when people like Fagan pretend violence is only defined as 'when a man hurts a woman.'”

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