Freedom of speech and choice is vital, says Heuvelton man
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 7:02 am

To the Editor:

I would like to make a comment or two about the Letter to the Editor titled: “Gay Pride Parade in the North Country.”

I suspect many feel as the author of the opinion-piece does; and that’s okay; everyone is entitled to their own opinions, religion and free speech in this wonderful nation of ours. I find homosexuality despicable myself before you decide I am supporting them.

What I do support is the fact that, whether we agree or not, most people can discuss, talk about and live as they choose. This works for everyone and anyone can participate in many things others find deplorable. Just as those considered despicable for their views, it is a fact that anyone can within legal reason, demonstrate for whatever they wish; including the opposite side of the “Gay” demonstration as long as no laws are broken. Those breaking the law will be arrested not for their views, but for their own disregard for our laws and what they stand for.

As much as we wish we could censor and otherwise permit those with differing views from expressing them, that right goes to everyone. Over my lifetime I’ve dealt with what I’ll call “homosexuals” instead of the other words I use in private, and as long as they aren’t in my own face, they’re okay.

In other words, it is, whether we like it or not, a live and let live world in this country. It takes all kinds to make the world whirl ‘round as they say and just because we disagree strongly with them, that’s okay as long as it’s legal. It’s no use obsessing because that will somehow come back to bite you eventually every time.

I don’t find the author despicable or “wrong”, but I do find in my opinion that the author is short on an ability to love they neighbor and other aspects. The author’s opinion is valid from their viewpoint; I don’t take issue with or support it but I think it was a little obsessive. No distress intended.

Let’s just try to make it a better world for all and live our lives in the best way we can. There is much happiness all around us to take part in. I enjoy it; I hope you can, too. Yes, I am a Christian.

Tom Rivet