Originally Published: September 1, 2000 7:15 p.m.
Anti-Blewster comment will test voters' stomachs
Aug. 27 I read the editorial, "Blewster blackout will test voters' IQ." A more truthful title would have been "Courier blackout will test voters' stomach for yellow journalism." During Rep. Blewster's first session in the Legislature 1999 the Courier published over 75 hit pieces against Blewster.
The session was a little more than three months long. Rep. Blewster's constituents complained about the coverage via cards, e-mails, phone calls, etc., on a daily basis. They demanded that Rep. Blewster put a stop to it.
We adopted a policy of putting it in writing. Ben Hansen and Joanna Dodder have refused to publish anything they have received from Rep. Blewster in writing but instead of saying, "We refuse to include any written information from Rep. Blewster," they deceive the readers by saying, "Rep. Blewster will not answer any questions."
How odd that people who write for a living would put so little credence in the written word; maybe it goes to the veracity of their own written statements. The in-writing policy has not deterred the Courier in their destructive agenda, but it has made it very easy to demonstrate to constituents that Rep. Blewster is not contributing to it.
The Courier has refused to publish any information about Rep. Blewster's record. When I faxed them the speech Rep. Blewster delivered on the floor of the House opposing the governor's sales tax, they ignored it. When I faxed them Rep. Blewster's voting record, and her Friend of the Taxpayer rating, "three times" they ignored them entirely.
Given the history, and the agenda of the Courier, it would have been grossly irresponsible for Rep. Blewster to submit to the two-hour-long, up-close-and-personal interview requested by Joanna Dodder. Rep. Blewster did offer, however, to submit all information requested in writing. Rep. Blewster remains willing to provide any information requested in writing. Information they are entitled to, trust they are not.
The bottom line is the Courier is not the public. The Courier is so bent on controlling the outcome of the District 1 House race … they are withholding vital information from the public. Ben Hansen and Joanna Dodder very carefully avoid any information about Rep. Blewster's record in their coverage, choosing instead to only report unsubstantiated gossip.
Elizabeth May, Chairman
Committee to Re-Elect
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Prior to Representative Blewster's coming on the scene, every candidate for office, regardless of party, has been willing to submit to interviews with local media. It gives the voters a chance to see how much the candidate, not his or her handlers, knows about the issues and what plans he or she has for resolving them. She doesn't warrant imperial treatment in that regard.)
Nation changes for better since early convention
Regarding the recent letter from Mr. Morrison: It's true, the founding fathers didn't envision gay pride. But they also didn't think women should vote. And did you know they thought that slavery was OK? Our nation has changed a lot since the Constitutional Convention, and many of us think it's for the better.
Family appreciates kind help in its time of trouble
No words can fully express our gratitude to our family, friends and neighbors for their kindness and generosity in the tragic death of our beloved son and brother, Norman Hill.
Our thanks also to the Rev. Jim and Ruth Jones, and several of Norman's friends and former teachers for the lovely memorial service at Humboldt Bible Church.
A memorial fund has been set up at the church to benefit the children's summer camp program. Any contributions will be gratefully accepted and appreciated.
Eddie and Rebecca Hill
Gay people like to note friends' achievements
To Ms. Burch who is upset about having to explain to her children about the gay float in the Fourth of July parade: Perhaps you could tell your children the same thing gay parents tell their little ones. Or what heterosexual parents with gay family members or friends tell their small children. "Gay people are two mommies who love each other or two daddies who love each other, the way your mommy and daddy love each other. And whether they are mommies and mommies, daddies and daddies, or mommies and daddies, they all love their babies." With more and more gay people having children, your child is as likely to ask questions about the gay parents of their elementary school classmate as they are about the gay float.
Regarding your not caring about the gender, race/ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation of people who have made great contributions to our nation, many of us do care. We especially care when the person who has made the contribution belongs to a minority group. I wonder if you have noticed all the interest in the fact that one of the current vice presidential candidates is Jewish. I remember many people being very excited when the vice presidential candidate was a woman. Many groups that are not given the respect they deserve in society notice and publicly celebrate the great achievements of their members.
People used to consider left-handed people evil
It is interesting to note that only a few hundred years ago, people considered being left handed the mark of a witch, a sign of perversity. The phobia of witchcraft was so pervasive that people tormented, and even murdered, left-handed people. Such a thing may seem unbelievable, but people can do very cruel things when they are afraid. Future generations are likely to look back with equal astonishment that gay and lesbian people suffered similar acts of hatred and fear.
Theologians and Biblical scholars continue to differ on many Biblical interpretations. They agree on one thing, however. Jesus said absolutely nothing at all about homosexual behavior. The Bible contains six passages which condemn homosexual behavior. The Bible also contains several passages condemning heterosexual behavior. Among the many things deemed an abomination are adultery, incest, wearing clothing made from more than one kind of fiber, and eating shellfish, like shrimp and lobster. People often has misused religion to justify hatred and oppression. Less than half a century ago, Baptist churches (among others) in this country defended racial segregation on the contention that the Bible condoned it. Today, many people no longer tolerate generalizations about homosexuality as pathology or sin.
The Rainbow Alliance float in the Prescott Fourth of July parade was a reminder that, historically, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people have made innumerable contributions to society. As with any group, the majority of gay men and lesbians are good people who are concerned about the future of our country and the world. They do not ask special favors, simply the respect and rights that we all should enjoy, without fear of verbal or physical attacks. Without a support system, many people become casualties of our homophobic society. As always, a "good" parent will teach love, self-respect and respect for others. Stop the hate, and you'll help all children have a better social outlook. Acceptance of people's differences is what making new friends is all about. How we treat one another IS by choice.
For further information about The Rainbow Alliance or The Awareness Project write to: Rainbow Alliance, P.O. Box 1374, Prescott, AZ 86302.