Letters to the editor, March 19

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Simple solution

The solution to the same-sex marriage question lies in identifying whether marriage is a civil institution or a religious one.

Religious institutions can define marriage any way they want, so long as they do not try to impose that definition on anyone else. That is separation of church and state.

Civil institutions can define marriage however society decides, to govern property matters, inheritance laws, family responsibilities, etc. The gender of the marriage partners is irrelevant.

The marriage of a same-sex couple is irrelevant, i.e., has no effect on my marriage to my wife, if we decide it does not. That’s their business; ours is ours.

State and federal laws are all mucked up, trying to straighten out issues that were really set in place when the country was founded.

T. Jervis Underwood,

Oak Point



Food for thought

As a person of a certain age and a “mosquito magnet,” I was interested in your Wednesday, March 13, editorial about the need for early aerial spraying in Denton. I have to say that I was greatly relieved that Denton opted out of spraying last year and hope that they do this year, as well.

As a human being who can read and understand the necessity of taking precautions to avoid being bitten by a mosquito, I do just that. It’s up to me to decide what that may be. If one studies the matter, there are far more solutions that are not harmful to me or the environment than the harmful ones. They are also less expensive.

However, birds, butterflies, bees and the vegetables I might buy from the farmer’s market don’t have that choice. Make no mistake for every quick, easy, poisonous solution there are far reaching negative repercussions that can have long-term effects on humans, plants and animals. Just food for thought.

Danna Zoltner,


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