Letter to the Editor, And Other Things

I fired off a letter to the editor this evening after stewing over this information.

I read with disappointment that the amendment to the Indiana Constitution against gay marriage was again coming to the forefront of state politics. I was even more disappointed to find that the state legislature was considering two related bills, one that bans gays and lesbians from adopting or fostering children and one that revokes partner benefits from the state’s universities.

Of all the time, money, and energy that could be spent at the state level, why is homosexuality, of all things, the trendy political target?

Indiana is taking great strides to move backwards, and in the meantime wonders why the Brain Drain of our young, successful college graduates is so high and our national reputation is so dismal. Hoosiers will do well to remember that gays and lesbians are among our finest assets and that a queer dollar is still green.

A legitimate government is one that represents all it’s people, not a select few.

It was hastily written but it pithy enough to make a point, I think. And yes, I used some of your words. Y’all are good.

I haven’t been feeling well lately. My poor sleeping abilities are catching up with me, especially with this new evil schedule, and my eyes feel constantly strained. It’s time for glasses but I can’t afford the initial cost all at once. If I spend too much time in front of a computer screen, read a book, or knit with finer gauged yarn, the dizziness, nausea, and headaches set in. To top it off, I have yet to fully shed the cold that killed me last week. Thus, keeping up the blog has become a chore — quick cut and paste jobs done in short spurts to avoid feeling sick. I’m trying to finish knitting a sock, but had to put it down tonight and lay around in the dark. And further, reading for my classes is getting close to unbearable.

My sub-para job was easy but draining. I was reminded today that I am mother to the best five-year-old I have ever known. Not like that’s biased or anything.

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6 comments for “Letter to the Editor, And Other Things

  1. tas
    January 26, 2005 at 10:01 pm

    Nonsense, the letter is great. Sorry to hear about sleep and the need for glasses causing you pain, though. Perhaps you could ask Pablo for a couple napping lessons…?

  2. VR
    January 27, 2005 at 11:59 am

    get your eyes checked by a ophthalmologist not just an optometrist. I just kept getting stronger and stronger glasses until I finally went to an actual ophthalogist only to find out I had glaucoma which was now end stage glaucoma meaning I lost the sight in one eye and it is touch and go as to whether drops will save my sight in the other eye.

  3. sean
    January 27, 2005 at 12:20 pm

    I just read in my campus newspaper that the benefits that same-sex couples enjoyed before at my university, the domestic partner benefits, could be taken away because of the upcoming ban on gay marriage in Indiana. The article made me so sad, because they spent more time on what this preacher on my campus thought of gay marriage than they spent talking to the leader of the gay community at my college. They ended the article by saying that, “There is enough biblical evidence that God intended marriage to be between a man and a woman.” I read this on the bus in the company of many of my peers and suddenly felt very, very alone.

  4. Linnaeus
    January 27, 2005 at 3:18 pm

    Great letter, and I think your argument is good one. If they’re not going to listen to philosophical arguments for civil equality for gays and lesbians, maybe they’ll consider that enshrined inequality leads to your state sinking deeper into the morass of the malfunctioning economy.

    Not to be a grammar authoritarian, but “it’s” = “it is”. “Its” is the possessive of “it”, which is what you intended. You may now scold me for being overly nitpicky. :)

  5. January 27, 2005 at 3:21 pm

    Stupid apostrophe. It’s either all or nothing with me and those damn things. Hopefully they’ll edit that one out.

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