Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JANUARY 27, 2011 7:10 AM

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Defend the rights of all Iowans

We have noticed that legislation has been introduced in the Iowa House to deny the civil rights of a minority of Iowans — those who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Our family, raised in Iowa, has always appreciated the live-and-let-live attitude that demonstrates the basic fairness that we believe characterizes those in the state.

There may be differences of religion and politics that make listening to each other challenging. There may be strong emotions on all sides of a given issue. But when we are at our best, we respect each other enough to remember the worth and dignity of every person, instead of attacking their rights to live within the law of the land.

We have been blessed to know a fair number of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people in Iowa and elsewhere. They are no more flawed than any of us, if we are honest with ourselves. They do their best to raise loving families, work jobs, pay taxes, and nurture hope. If they are religious, they pray for the best for their country, friends, family, and children just like the rest of us do. These are indeed examples of family-friendly values.

If they find a partner to share their lives with, they can do no worse than heterosexuals have done, regardless of religious affiliation. Our family will not stand quietly by and let these civil rights be stripped from our friends.

Jim Glasson, Kathleen Darling, and Mirri and Hannah Glasson Darling
West Branch, Juneau, Alaska, and Iowa City

Celebrating a family hero

It was great to hear from the DI’s Jan. 24 spotlight that high-school athletes are getting training not only to improve their game but also to lessen the chance of injury.

I can attest to the fact that Jake Eikenberry is a dedicated and sincere trainer because I have watched him grow over the years into the conscientious, dedicated person he is today. I am his grandmother. Thank you for the recognition he deserves.

Beverly Hetzel

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