There’s a lot in the news, but I don’t want to comment




 

 

There’s a lot going on nationally and I have mulled the idea of offering up my opinions on some of the recent headlines which are debatable. The two issues that stand out are the arguments against the Confederate flag and the legalization of gay marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court.

But the more I thought about, the more I had to question why? Why would I put myself out there for the lambasting my opinions on these subjects would bring? These are highly polarized issues in our society today and no matter where you land on the issues – your opinion is going to bring some sort of negative response.

It’s a matter of you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t take a stand for or against either issue. Honestly I’ve heard so much from all sides in these matters that I have a hard time saying I’m sure where I stand on either subject.

But, I’ll take a stab at them and offer up my honest feelings regarding both issues.

First of all, gay marriage. I am for people being happy in whatever life they chose. If you want to marry someone of the same sex, then so be it. No one should tell you who you can and cannot love, nor should you be denied happiness because your lifestyle isn’t considered by the “mainstream” to be “normal.”

The argument has been made that people of the same sex who marry shouldn’t have access to their spouse’s health insurance and other benefits. I appreciate that argument, but really why not extend the same spousal benefits? Our entire health care system has been turned upside down these past few years with “affordable health care” and other changes, so why not make anyone married legally in the eyes of the government eligible for benefits?

My only concern with the legalization of gay marriage is how many more failed marriages are going to flood our court system now? Now many more custody battles over kids who are born or adopted into those relationships will have to be decided?

The battle against the Confederate flag is another matter. I am torn by this issue because I cannot understand how a flag – a piece of cloth – is at the center of the church shooting in South Carolina.

At the same time, I can see how this flag is a symbol of racism and oppression. Should states fly the Confederate flag? I don’t think so. It has no place in the government of this country in the year 2015. Should it be banned? No. It may be flown in poor taste, but if someone choses to fly it, they should have that right. I don’t like anyone restricting our right to self-expression, even if it is something like flying a Confederate flag. If you don’t like it, don’t look at it.

Because when it comes right down to it, the Confederate flag didn’t walk into that church and open fire with a gun. We should focus on the killer and the motive behind his attack. gould@mihomepaper.com


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