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Gay par­ents

I find my­self com­pelled to re­ply to t he l et t er around gay par­ent­ing (May 30), writ­ten by Russ Hay.

He quite rightly points out that, through sci­en­tific tech­nol­ogy, gay cou­ples can and do rear chil­dren, and may pro­duce top-level rugby play­ers of ei­ther sex, but that same sci­en­tific tech­nol­ogy is also able to cre­ate three-legged peo­ple, who I am sure would make world-class run­ners, which leaves me won­der­ing if this would also be ac­cept­able to Mr Hay and his ilk?

I am also in­ter­ested to know where Mr Hay ob­tained his in­for­ma­tion around “Mod­ern Ge­net­ics are clear on ‘ gay­ness’ be­ing driven by genes, not by en­vi­ron­men­tal pres­sure. Nor yet by choice”. This is a sub­ject that both in­ter­ests and in­trigues me and de­spite a fair amount of re­search on the sub­ject, I have yet to come across any­thing back­ing up the above state­ment.

Mr Hay ex­presses a dis­taste f or “An­cient Bibl i c al and Ko­ranic no­tions of sin in re­la­tion to ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity”.

Per­haps he is not aware that the two largest re­li­gions world­wide are Christianity, of which the Bi­ble is it’s foun­da­tion doc­u­ment, and Is­lam, to which of course the Ko­ran is ex­tremely im­por­tant.

I also should have no need to point out to Mr Hay that the laws that we live un­der, and which are the rea­son why we live in a mostly peaceful and or­dered so­ci­ety, are based on “an­cient bi­b­li­cal no­tions.”

While there may be a small per­cent­age of so­ci­ety that feels that rear­ing chil­dren in a gay re­la­tion­ship is ac­cept­able, there is still a large ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in so­ci­ety, whether or not they have re­li­gious be­liefs, my­self in­cluded, who do not.

Rod An­der­son

Whanganui

Thanks due

We can’t thank Count­down enough for lead­ing the way in our com­mu­nity for dis­con­tin­u­ing the pro­vi­sion of sin­gleuse plas­tic bags. I hear that other lo­cal busi­nesses are fol­low­ing. Fab­u­lous.

Thanks for the coura­geous lead­er­ship pro­vided by Count- down. We can only hope to see more coura­geous lead­er­ship else­where in our com­mu­nity. Ea­gerly wait­ing to see.

Nel­son Lebo

Okoia

Cri­sis time

The Na­tional Party needs to have some grace and hu­mil­ity in set­tling their dif­fer­ences with the Speaker, Trevor Mal­lard, as re­spect­fully and as quickly as they can.

Oth­er­wise, their behaviour could be seen as a smoke­screen, a la Trump, to di­vert at­ten­tion away from their in­ac­tion from 2015 over the biose­cu­rity nightmare of My­coplasma bo­vis.

A dev­as­tat­ing hu­man and an­i­mal cri­sis is un­fold­ing t hrough­out New Zealand. Squab­bles in Parliament are un­seemly and ir­rel­e­vant in this time of suf­fer­ing. Wendy Ward

Aramoho

As­sisted death

Elaine Hamp­ton, you wish to have the choice of when and how to die? I fail to see how you find it

cruel of Mag­gie Barry to re­mind you that one is al­lowed to com­mit sui­cide. You are want­ing sui­cide, but you want help in killing your­self, no?

As f or David Seymour re­ject­ing valid ques­tions/con­cerns about his bill with the ex­cuse that it is all hy­po­thet­i­cal, I find that is ei­ther ex­tremely ig­no­rant or per­haps more ma­li­cious. It is dan­ger­ous to pro­pose some­thing so chal­leng­ing and ex­treme as in­tro­duc­ing le­gal killing to a coun­try with­out do­ing a thor­ough risk anal­y­sis and risk man­age­ment plan. Rachel Rose’s col­umn of June 2 made me smile (“Be brave, don’t skirt around real is­sue”).

Ap­par­ently, the “real is­sue” is an­gry males — usu­ally young, no doubt, but def­i­nitely big­oted in the sense that ev­ery­body else had to be ex­actly like them, or be­come tar­gets of ridicule. Ex­cel­lent item, Rachel, you got the point across well.

It was Rachel’s lead-in to her topic that made me smile. She told of “Bill” (as she called him), who al­ways wore skirts. Bill was a straight male, with typ­i­cally male in­ter­ests. As Rachel re­ported, when he came into town wear­ing his skirt, he would suf­fer ridicule from those an­gry males.

I’ve got news for the an­gry males: Get used to it. I wore a skirt on many oc­ca­sions dur­ing last sum­mer’s record heat wave. Places like Vic­to­ria Ave, pub­lic dances and pri­vate out­ings — and no ridicule.

Why should I wear tra­di­tional male clob­ber that bakes me in hot weather? I’ll be in my loose skirts and dresses again next sum­mer.

A word for “Bill”: Look and be con­fi­dent with ev­ery­thing you are. Be re­spect­ful, and ev­ery­body re­turns the favour and “lets” you be you.

And Bill, come sum­mer, say hi to the other guy in the street wear­ing a skirt or dress. It will be me, an­other (ther­mally) cool guy sen­si­bly as­sert­ing his right to wear cloth­ing ap­pro­pri­ate for the tem­per­a­tures in our new era of global warm­ing. Stan Hood Aramoho

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