Letters to the Editor for Nov 26, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
STATE OF THE CHURCH
Regarding Rob Miltersen’s letter about the Mormon Church:
1. Brigham Young had 55 wives. (Some historians suggest that not all were of legal age.)
2. The Mormon Church spent approximately $25 million (along with other houses of love) to defeat a proposition. This is illegal with regard to their tax-exempt status. (Imagine how many poor could have been fed! How many homeless could have been clothed!) I think Christ would have spent the money that way rather than denying civil rights and changing a constitution!
3. Not so many years ago, the Mormon Church did not let African-Americans or women hold high-ranking positions within their church.
But on Nov. 17, 2008, the California Council of Churches and other religious leaders and faith organizations filed a petition asserting that Prop. 8 poses a severe threat to the guarantee of equal protection for all and was not enacted through the constitutionally required process. Prominent state womens rights organizations also filed a petition asking the Court to invalidate Prop. 8 because of its potentially disastrous implications for women and other groups facing discrimination.
We will keep fighting. In the words of Gandhi: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win!Valerie Fern | Salinas
Thank you for the excellent election coverage, especially for printing Obama’s victory speech.What a night! If I live to be 100 I will remember jumping up and down in the Golden State Theatre, hugging friends and strangers alike when Obama’s victory was announced. I also appreciate your acknowledgement of the hardworking volunteers who gave so much to make this happen. Everyone at the Democratic headquarters was so kind and welcoming that I came to love my hours spent there despite my initial hesitation to call strangers in swing states. The comradeship was almost instantaneous since our goal was so worthy and hopeful.And victory is so sweet!Celia A. Bosworth | Pacific Grove
I just read your rant about the P.G. City Council approving that big chunk of change going to the Poetry Promotion Fund and wanted to send you my explanation before you lost any more ink.
My name is Laura Emerson and I am the chair of the city’s Cultural Arts Commission. We oversee the poetry promotion program, which includes the poet-in-residence and that poet’s residence, a vintage cottage bequeathed to the city around 2000.
When the city took ownership of the house it was in great need of repair before anyone, much less a poet, could live there. The city knew they would be receiving some money from the estate but did not know how much or when it would arrive. So the city took out a rehab loan and did enough work on the house to make it livable. The loan qualified the house to be on the city’s affordable housing inventory. When the final payment from the estate arrived, the money was placed in an account designated as “Poetry Promotion Fund” and could only be used for specific purposes. The money was not used at that time to pay off the loan and the house remained on the inventory.
I was appointed to the commission in 2005 and the other four members joined in 2007 and 2008. We just learned at the beginning of this year that the rehab loan was never paid and that the house is in need of significant rehab work – redoing the foundation and bringing it up to code. And that, dear Squid, is where the majority of that money is going.
Sadly, there will be no dancing in the streets by overpaid poets – just a loan paid off and an “old” house made livable. (If you had gone deeper into that budget item, you might have found some of these details… )
When the house is finally livable, would you like an application for the next Poet-in-Residence position?Laura Emerson | Pacific Grove