Perhaps you went astray when you either stopped believing the word of God, or perhaps you never even gave it a thought. Regardless, you are dead wrong. Unfortunately, you and others who either think the same and/or engage in this evil lifestyle will not realize your mistake until it is too late.
Hell is full of homosexuals. It is not full of Christians like (TCC pastor David McAllister) and members of Bible-believing churches like The Cool Church. Christians have the ability to separate racial discrimination from a lifestyle that is wrong. What's next, the acceptance of pedophiles? Are you including them in your discrimination cause?
You are a sick man, and I do feel sorry for you and where you are headed, as is the case with the writer who wrote the inaccurate story ("Into the Lion's Den," Currents, July 12). Thank God the majority of Americans do not share your view.
However: I became increasingly uncomfortable reading "Into the Lion's Den." It became petty. It became, well, "gay." Picking on a man's hairdo ... suggesting that the offending party--McAllister--might have been gay ... come now. (Editor's note: McAllister himself brought up accusations that he was gay in his sermon; the Weekly did not bring this up.) This was not so much an article as a reactionary piece; it's not going to change anyone's mind.
I really, really, really disagree with McAllister's views. They are wrong, of course. It saddens me to think of the potential damage his words might have on a young boy or man in his church who knows in his heart he is gay. The souls of many damaged or dead (by their own hand) men and women should weigh heavily on such shoulders. But leave McAllister's hair out of the argument.
He is generalizing when he states, "The vast majority of unskilled aliens show no sign of ever becoming skilled employees." I know of many first-generation Latinos who are surveyors, welders and small-business owners who contribute to the economic well-being of Tucson and Pima County. Has he ever gone down South Fourth Avenue for dinner?
Who does he think works in the traffic medians of many of Tucson's main thoroughfares? Who does all of the manual labor in the numerous subdivisions that are sprouting up all around Pima County? These people are working to provide for their families, put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. Does Mr. Damron think they don't spend their money? Has he been inside of a Circle K or been to a Kmart lately?
We may not have the Statue of Liberty awaiting those who arrive, but we Latinos do know what is to succeed. Mr. Damron should quit listening to conservative talk radio and open his eyes.
Uhlich has supported a modest garbage fee since her service on the city's Budget Advisory Committee in the 1990s. I was present when she announced her candidacy for City Council, as was the Weekly's own Jim Nintzel. At that time, a question was raised about the garbage tax, and she clearly indicated she was in favor of a modest fee. During the entire campaign, she maintained that position.
When a fee was adopted by the current City Council, it also instituted a fee waiver for low-income residents. This council also separated Environmental Services from the Water Department to offer better financial transparency and accountability. The present City Council does business fairly and openly for all the residents of Tucson.
While the initiative definitely prohibits the delivery of treated sewer water for drinking purposes, it requires, rather than prohibits, all treated effluent to be recharged into the Santa Cruz stream bed or reclaimed to sanitary standards and delivered for irrigation. In other words, it requires that we continue to do exactly what we're doing now.
The initiative, which is less than one page long and can be read at NoWaterFees.com, is not "broad-ranging," but deals with only one subject, the rights of Tucson water users.
These rights need to be established because of the duplicity of our own city "leaders," who have decided that water bills are blank checks for garbage fees, road construction fees and God knows what else they have planned. The initiative, which prohibits any and all unrelated fees on water bills, is the only way water users can protect themselves.