Letters to the Editor - June 21, 2013

Mother Nature also has a say

Regarding the News-Register article on May 21, “Floodplain issue resolved,” I’m reassured that Yamhill County is in good graces with FEMA, now that the map lines have been redrawn to move the South Yamhill River floodway.

Now, if only we could be sure that Mother Nature is on board with this administrative solution to a geographic reality.

Susan Hruza


Some at Hillside don’t object

Regarding the article in the News-Register’s June 14 edition, “Hillside residents object to sports facilities:”

The residents who provided the information for the article do not speak for all Hillside residents. There are others, including myself, who do not object to the Nazarene Church on the Hill’s construction of a sports facility on their property.

Vaughan Palmore


God’s word calls it a sin

Does the word of God not mean anything to ministers these days? I found it shocking to read that the First Baptist minister, Rev. Harrop, would condone same-sex marriage. This is totally against God’s word, which makes it “not possible.”

It doesn’t matter which sin someone is doing — if it’s a sin according to the word of God, then you shouldn’t be doing it. When churches start to go with the flow of society, it is going against the Bible. The world becomes immoral, which is what we are living in now.

Christians are not against those who are homosexuals; they are against the lifestyle. Yes, God loves everyone, but he doesn’t love some of our choices. God calls homosexuality a sin in very clear terms, so it isn’t logical that He “made” someone that way.

Lifestyles are a choice we make, no matter who we choose for a partner. God’s word tells us about the use of money, respect and how to live a moral life. The Bible is the only book you need to succeed. He is very clear about the consequences if we ignore his teachings.

If young people see ministers going against the word of God, what chance do they have of learning his word? If you think God will not judge you in the end, then it is clear you have not read His word.

Churches need to welcome sinners into their churches and preach against sin, not condone and bless it. God gave us free will. What we do with it will determine whether we have eternal life or not.

So why hasn’t the paper been slammed with letters about this article? Because the “silent” Christians are too afraid of what someone will think about them. Believe His word and don’t worry about it.

Sandra Ponto


Homeschoolers socialized

It amazes me that ideas of homeschooling still include the false assumption these students lack social skills (Readers’ Forum, June 14, “Public schools more diverse”).

I speak from experience, having raised three children who attended and graduated from public schools. I’ve also worked in two McMinnville district elementary schools and have homeschooled the last eight years.

Homeschoolers have often spent countless hours volunteering, tending 4-H animals and attending meetings, babysitting for local organizations that meet during the day, interacting with Linfield students and music professors, and generally meeting and working with people one wouldn’t necessarily meet at recess or in the cafeteria.

They’re on robotic Lego teams, soccer and baseball teams, participate in youth symphonies, ballet performances, Gallery Theater productions, have part-time jobs, and often attend cooperatives of learning where they work with adults and children from all walks of life.

Children can, and do, learn social skills in a variety of environments outside a traditional classroom.

I believe Mr. Mason may have a change of opinion regarding socialization if he actually met the Cooksey children, who are articulate, intelligent, personable and funny. They reflect the very best of the homeschool community.

Tonya Johnson


Socialization occurs at home

Mr. Mason’s letter (Readers’ Forum, June 14) contained several false assumptions.

One definition of socialization is being placed under control of government. But most consider it as having the skills to interact with a variety of people in a variety of circumstances. Public schools provide little variety in either.

Because of our flexible schedules, homeschoolers receive better socialization than your average public school student.

The letter writer assumed that homeschooling parents fear that ideas and practices will contaminate their children. Actually, homeschooling parents teach awareness of other religions, races, etc., and how to analyze them. We discuss why people hold their views and why we hold our views. Virtues we develop early, without peer pressure, will stand when tested.

Most work is done individually, not in groups. You have a boss and coworkers, but tasks are mostly individual or with the public. We have already started in the business world. My sister is a substitute for a receptionist; my brother, my sister and I have all started our own businesses. We also have worked with migrant workers on farms. People skills, once learned, are useful for dealing with anyone.

He also erroneously assumed that homeschoolers receive only intergenerational socialization. We interact with a variety of people daily. We interact with deliverymen, repairmen and salesmen that come to our door. We all interact at grocery stores, barbershops, repair shops, banks, restaurants, etc. We have volunteered at the soup kitchen and with Meals on Wheels, and we visit retirement homes.

We have traveled to 17 states and seven countries, gone on three cruises and visited many state and national parks. In all these ways, we receive extensive socialization with many people of different races, ethnicities, national origins, religions and sexual preferences. The proof is in the pudding.

P.J. Morrissey, age 13


Appalled at sanctifying sin

I’m writing about the article on gay marriage (News-Register, June 7, “At the altar, one journey ends and another begins”). As a Christian, I believe in God’s word. God gave us his word to follow as a moral guide.

People will always sin — all of us. Jesus gave us his church for a refuge from wordly sin — a great forgiveness, if we ask.

I was appalled at this article. I wonder where we shall go if the churches themselves are proclaiming a blessing on the sin itself.

Sharon Marsh






Well done P.J. Morrissey, well done.


Extremely well articulated P.J. Your values are amazing and the experiences you've had so far will last a lifetime. Keep up the good work!


Maybe we should bring back the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition and re-education camps. Why do you assume your religion must be mine? I don't care about Jesus, and when I die, my only plan is to decompose rather than sit on a cloud and sing. I have no problem with that fact, and neither should you. Get over your hysteria and butt out.
As far as home schooling is concerned, why would I want to be with my parents 24/7? There's a gigantic world out there and I don't care to experience it lockstep with my family.


Lulu, the majority of cultures on this planet have never viewed homosexuality in terms of value. Quite the opposite, actually, There's a reason that our own society does not allow for the serving of dog as a food, whether carefully prepared and served in a 5 star restaurant by the likes of Bobby Flay, or by some hillbilly and his peckerwood buddies throwing a backyard barbecue.

Are not other peoples values imposed upon those folks because most view such an act as unacceptably too taboo?

Actually, it is the homosexual that is trying to impose his or her perceived values on a society that has never accepted homosexuality as anything other than deviant from the societal norm.


Something else, if I may, and its something worth noting. Transvestites (gay men in drag) seem to exhibit no qualms about marching in a 'Pride Parade' all dressed up as Catholic nuns.

Is that because they view the nuns as being sexier or just plain old more permissive than muslim women would be wearing high heels under their hiked-up burkas? If not, then why the obviously blatant discrimination against Muslims?


You seem to have a fixation with homosexuality. And I believe part of the reason for what you consider outlandish behavior might be the torture, emotional and physical, these people endured in the past that was basically ignored. I might want to kick up my high heels, too.
I suggest you stop watching parades.


I've no fixation with homosexuality, and what you believe is neither here nor there. I was simply responding to your thoughts on christianity. As for parades, haven't been to, nor watched one since the 1972 Rose Parade in Pasadena, Ca.

I view their mockery of Catholic nuns as something more than outlandish, it is profanity. Yet, not even the most progressive liberals dare to mock/affront the followers of Allah in such an openly public display of profanity.

Why do you think that is, Lulu?


Since we're posting our comments on the 'Letters to the Editors' thread, perhaps the managing editor of the News-Register might share is view as to why such discrimination is allowed/condoned in the treatment of religion.

Why is it that what is seen as blasphemous to one group of believers so therefore highly discouraged by our elected officials, is yet still given the greenlight in the name of 1st Amendment rights concerning another?

Why is this obvious discrimination acceptable, in your opinion, managing editor of the News-Register, Steve Bagwell?


"Actually, it is the homosexual that is trying to impose his or her values on a society..." A quote from you, F-Minus. Your opinion and equally neither "here nor there."
I'd much rather pass time laughing and making merry with intelligent, witty homosexuals than with hand-wringing, self-proclaimed saints wearing frowny faces while sitting in their Lazy-boy seats of judgement. And yet...expending an inordinate amount of time ferreting out "wickedness." That pitchfork and torch are mighty heavy.
Smile a little more. Have some fun. Make a joyful noise.


The idea of accepting same-sex marriage is an extremely new concept to mankind, how many millinia have homosapiens walked the earth in rejection of such a notion?

Not once in my ten plus years of commenting online have I ever posted the word "wickedness" in any phrase concerning any subject. Not my word, that's your word, Lulu, and whomever you choose to pass your time with is no concern to me.

I neither wring my hands nor make any claims to having led a saintly life, that's your stone to toss and not mine. Other than having quoted the opinion of Jesus concerning his view of pedophiles and what should be their fate (of which I am in most solid of agreement) I have never over the course of my entire lifetime ever quoted chapter nor verse verbally or in writing from any book of religion.

Enjoy your truffles....


How do you know the opinion of Jesus? And whatever Jesus is reported to have said is of no concern to me; this black book was written by regular people, with all the common failings of humans, and it is fiction.


The same way I know of Obama's evolving opinion, by way of speech's written by regular people.

Jeb Bladine


Steve Bagwell is managing editor, overseeing day-to-day news content and responsible for news department operations, but he does not handle the Readers Forum letters.

If we could determine exactly what you are trying to say about discrimination related to letters, we might be able to reply.

Jeb Bladine


Good luck.


That's funny, Jeb. Good one, Lulu.

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