Changes in marriage
The religious right has incorrectly claimed the “institution of marriage” as its own. Marriage is a convention made up of the mores of a particular time and place, imposing regulations that are controlled by the current opinions of a society.
When St. Augustine was faced with the objection that Jacob had four wives, he replied that it was not wrong because it was the custom of the time.
As opinions toward gay marriage change, it is becoming the custom of the time.
The true institution is the family and the relationships within it. The problems of marriage are intimate, involving character, emotion, taste, etc. regardless of the opinions of others.
Did Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback get booed because of his fashion sense or because of his politics at the NCAA tournament game in Omaha recently? As an unabashed combatant in the culture wars of Kansas, I submit Brownback was booed because of his fashion choice of politics.
Brownback was greeted with a chilly chorus of boos when his image flashed on the big screen. Wearing a bipartisan T-shirt featuring the Shockers and Jayhawks, Brownback's negative chorus was attributed by the talking haircuts on TV to split-loyalty fashion. But others saw it differently.
As sentient beings, we make choices daily. We choose what T-shirt to wear and how to live our lives. We also understand there always are consequences for our choices.
And however unfortunate, Brownback has made decidedly poor decisions beyond a powder-blue T-shirt. Brownback has chosen to attack those who deviate from long-dead Mayberry stereotype and Ward-and-June-Cleaver homogeneity. Ask the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community. Brownback has chosen to attack our children's future by undermining teachers and education.
This session alone, legislation introduced in Brownback’s Kansas manipulates the judicial system, endangers farmers, pensions and transportation, stymies Medicaid expansion and the overall economic health of the state.
The basketball boos went beyond T-shirt politics and struck at the beating heart of what's the matter with Kansas. Moderates of both parties are fed up.
So was it fashion or politics that elicited such a chilly Brownback basketball backlash in Omaha? And in the end, who wins?
Cassie Edgar @cedgar97 made up her mind on Twitter: “Brownback got booed on national television so I think the whole state of Kansas won.”
Finn M. Bullers
The media are to blame for many of our troubles today. Massacres in schools, malls and other public places are covered in depth today in our country. This coverage sparks ideas with those living on the fringe of society; those with mental disorders.
The media ignite ideas in young, disoriented and idealistic youth such as the possibilities of joining forces with the Islamic State. The media expose young people to the problems of the college fraternity system after the horrific controversy with Sigma Alpha Epsilon at the University of Oklahoma. The entire Greek system has come under fire because of this single instance.
The media give us voting results with only 1 percent of the ballots counted possibly influencing other voters to stay home and not to vote. The media shows bias heavily against Republicans/conservatives with extended coverage of the resignation of Rep. Aaron Schock, a Republican, while giving diminished coverage to the troubles of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
Today’s media give us “breaking news” in our living rooms, on our computers and even on our smartphones as the news is unfolding. Our Founding Fathers functioned very capably without knowing election results for weeks, even months in some cases.
In this age of breaking news, are we being given too much detailed information today? Can too much information be dangerous?
Honesty still counts
“I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs that honesty is always the best policy,” said President George Washington in his farewell address in 1796.
Dishonesty is accepted as a part of everyday life and is found everywhere — in the home, in politics, in business, in the court system, in “conflict” situations.... With dishonesty, a problem is covered up. The problem then ferments and grows.
The No. 1 person whom an individual is dishonest with is himself or herself. A person believes what is easiest to believe, not the truth. A person is dishonest with a peer group when it promotes acceptance by the group. A person is dishonest with the public, to create a desired outcome.
People speak of “civility in politics.” Civility is only part of the solution. Civility with honesty creates a better outcome in life.
Decisions based on dishonesty are a “house of cards,” ready to collapse with the slightest provocation. Honesty provides a firm foundation on which to build lives, policies and countries.
Demand honesty of yourself by becoming self-aware. Demand honesty of those around you by your actions. Demand honesty of those in power. The world can change, one honest decision at a time.
Nina Eva Hajda
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