Re­sound­ing yes

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Some of your cor­re­spon­dents have asked for pos­i­tive rea­sons as to why vote ‘yes’ at the same sex mar­riage plebiscite. For me as a married, het­ero­sex­ual, Chris­tian the rea­son I will be vot­ing yes is that the is­sue is all about peo­ple.

Peo­ple are all made in the im­age and like­ness of God. We re­spect one an­other: or at least we ought to, whether we be­lieve in God or not.

The ar­gu­ment about the na­ture and def­i­ni­tion of the hu­man con­struct of mar­riage is an in­tel­lec­tual ex­er­cise. Valid ar­gu­ments can be made on both sides of that in­tel­lec­tual de­bate. But, for me, the re­spect I hold for peo­ple, even when they dif­fer from me, over­whelms any of the in­tel­lec­tual ar­gu­ments.

And as for the fur­phy of vot­ing no to end so­called ‘po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness’, most so-called po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness is ac­tu­ally com­mon cour­tesy, po­lite­ness and re­spect – long may we be cour­te­ous and re­spect­ful.

Let’s give a re­sound­ing ‘yes’ vote to show our com­pas­sion­ate hu­man­ity.

Eric Smith, Shady Creek

Bou­quet to the cou­ple who stood in the pour­ing rain wait­ing for emer­gency ser­vices af­ter an ac­ci­dent on Septem­ber 5 on the cor­ner of Al­bert and Nor­manby Sts. Thank you both for help­ing the per­son and keep­ing them safe from fur­ther dan­ger. Bou­quets to Brett Neil­son and BFN De­vel­op­ments for his sec­ond Re­gional Builder of the Year Award. Brett is both pro­gres­sive and com­mit­ted to War­ragul de­vel­op­ment. I wish he had bought the for­mer Bon­lac site and maybe we could be shop­ping in War­ragul in­stead of out of town.

A huge bou­quet to Mel at cus­tomer ser­vice at the ANZ Bank in War­ragul. She has given not only me but to many of my friends ex­cep­tional cus­tomer ser­vice for years, al­ways with a happy friendly smile. Thanks Mel you are the best.

My sin­cere thanks to those who as­sisted me af­ter I fell in Wool­worths car park late last week.

Par­tic­u­lar thanks to the hus­band and wife who as­sisted me to my feet, cleaned my bleed­ing face and then es­corted me across Smith St to the Re­cy­cle Shop where staff made me a cup of tea be­fore driv­ing me home.

Your kind­ness and as­sis­tance was greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

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