Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JULY 27, 2011 7:20 AM

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No good reason to ban same-sex marriage

There are a variety of definitions for marriage, but it is generally between a man and a woman. According to Evan Wolfson, the author of What is Marriage?, "… marriage is what we use to describe a specific relationship of love and dedication to another person." If Wolfson's statement is true, there should not be a double standard between a heterosexual couple and same-sex couples. Even a convicted felon has a protected right to marry. Marriage is not based on the sex of the spouse but the commitment made to each other. Why is it that a person who broke the law has more of a right to marry than same-sex couples?

I believe society's perspective on same-sex marriage is that it will weaken the institution of marriage and weaken traditional family values in American society, but same-sex marriage will strengthen society as a whole because it creates a more tolerant atmosphere.

Miller Thammavongsa
UI student

Teaching 'experts' need real experience

As someone who has worked with students with a wide range of ages, abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds in Michigan, Hawaii, and Iowa, I would suggest that the "experts" at Gov. Terry Branstad's Education Summit (who have never even taught one day in a classroom) take the very short substitute-teacher licensing course and begin substitute teaching this fall.

Then, and only then, will I pay attention to one word that they say.

Gary Sanders
Iowa City

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