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Why is divorce OK'

To those of you who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds: Where in the Bible does it say it's OK to divorce? How many religious people who oppose same-sex marriage are working on their second or third marriage, and juggling joint custody?

If you're worried about saving the sacred institution of marriage, then shouldn't we also amend the Constitution to ban divorce? In the meantime, since when should it be the government's responsibility to administer religious law? ' Dan Fellman, Ashland

Supercenters convenient

I used to live in Medford but now live in Phoenix, Ariz. We have several Wal-Mart Supercenters here; I think it would be the best thing if Medford got one. It's so much more convenient to go shopping and then grab a few groceries or just go grocery shopping all in one trip, and the prices for groceries at a supercenter can't be beat.

And just to think how many jobs it would offer the Rogue Valley ' we all know how hard it can be to find work in the Rogue Valley. I think a Supercenter would be great, and when it does get built and finished I can guarantee these people who oppose will go shopping there! ' Tiffany Ziesmer, Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Medford

Failed to keep his word

The Associated Press reported Jan. 23, 2003 that President Bush said, I have no ambition whatsoever to use (9/11) as a political issue. Alas, President Bush again fails to keep his word.

A cynic may think the Bush-Cheney campaign has always thought to use the tragedy of 9/11 ' the GOP convention in New York City is scheduled to end just days before the third anniversary of 9/11. What a coincidence.

— The opening salvo of the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign television advertising blitz contains images of the fallen World Trade Center and the funeral of a fallen New York firefighter. The New York Daily News, Reuters and the Associated Press report that 9/11 families are outraged by the advertisements.

Rightly so. Using the blood of innocents, the Bush-Cheney campaign suggests they are the only ones that can protect America. Kind of odd really: 9/11 happened on President Bush's watch, following, among other things, a presidential daily briefing referring to an imminent attack.

How significant were the warnings? We may never know ' President Bush has stonewalled, limited and hindered the 9/11 commission's investigation. ' S. Johnson, Medford

Respect and hypocrisy

In response to N. Wetzel's letter, published Sunday, March 7, captioned, What happened to respect? and admonishing us to respect the president for no better reason than that he is, in fact, the president: Eschewing argument over the letter's assertion that he won the election, I would advise only that we respect persons who are respectable, and consider it hypocritical to pretend respect for those who are not. ' Grant Shepard, Medford

Fundamentalist clout grows

Since the 1980s Christian fundamentalism has become a large and growing influence in politics and a major constituency of the Republican party.

This is important because it introduces a new dynamic into the democratic process. Christian fundamentalists interpret politics, candidates and issues in terms of their understanding of Scripture (which they believe is unerring and unambiguous) and their world vision which, ultimately, is the evangelization of the world, the first step of which is the evangelization of America.

The operative instrument in all of this is the Bible, which is God speaking to us. He wants us to be socially and politically active in this cosmic struggle against modernist thinking.

For fundamentalists the world is divided between the true believers, who will be saved in the end-times, and all others, whose souls will be consigned to punishment. The philosophical essence of the above is the unconditional elevation of faith above reason in a black-and-white world of good and evil.

It was Alfred North Whitehead who said something to the effect that we should pursue the knowable through reason. Beyond that there is faith, but we should know where one leaves off and the other begins. ' Harry L. Cook, Ashland