What the Bible says
In reference to Sunday’s letter “Not Really Marriage” (CHN, nando.com/1kp) which ends with “Polygamy anyone?”:
I fully support the right of anyone to live by his or her religious beliefs, including on the nature of marriage. But if you are going to quote the Bible to enforce your beliefs on others, please read it first.
Many of the Old Testament patriarchs had multiple wives (and concubines), the Bible contains inheritance rules for a man with two wives (Deut 21:15-17), and requires that if two men are married and one dies without a male heir, the survivor must marry his brother’s widow and have relations with her (Deut 25:5; Onan was killed because he refused to complete this Biblical duty).
Polygamy is condoned and even regulated in the Bible.
Bravo to Mary Carey for sharing her epiphany about how women are so lopsidedly judged on appearance versus their other attributes and accomplishments (“The feminine mistake, CHN, nando.com/1km) .
This, I believe, is an epiphany that all thinking women come to eventually. However, since feminists, philosophers, artists, and social critics have been commenting for centuries on this phenomenon — of women as objects rather than subjects — why are so many of us left to discover this truth on our own? Sadly, powerful social pressure continues today to keep women standing in front of their mirrors wringing their hands. Many women still don’t get this until they start to approach their “attractiveness expiration date.”
Surely schools aren’t still whitewashing the oppression and objectification women? Granted, it has been a long time since I was a school girl, but in the public high school I attended in the late Sixties, we weren’t allowed to take shop, were forced to take home economics, and history was still taught solely from the perspective of the victors. I say no girl should be let out of middle school without a good grounding in women’s history, including the fact that for much of history, women’s appearance was a key factor in their value as property. There is no reason every 14-year-old girl shouldn’t be able to answer some of the rhetorical and not-so-rhetorical questions posed by Mary Carey.
This is my first ever letter to the editor, but Art Menius’ column on his goal of increased local involvement (CHN, nando.com/1kq) inspired me to write to, and not just read, the Chapel Hill News.
I am not currently a newspaper subscriber but I read every Chapel Hill News front to back so that I will be informed about what is going on around town. Although I am of the millennial generation and it would be presumed that I would prefer to read my news online from a variety of sources, I find reading online to be tedious and selecting stories to be overwhelming; furthermore, the distraction of every other word being hyperlinked to another story makes it impossible to ever complete one and therefore, to get any true in-depth information.
That’s why I’m glad that you will be introducing toplines. They will help me to read the stories more efficiently, but I also must add, just as editor Mark Schultz pointed out, they are a feature that newspapers used to use commonly. I enjoy the look of the old newspapers and look forward to seeing the new “everything old is new again” / Steam Punk-ish throwback to an earlier layout style. I hope it is a trend that will catch on with other newspapers as well.
Chapel Hill’s loss
I was deeply touched by Julie McClintock’s guest column (CHN, nando.com/1kr), an open letter to Chapel Hill Town Council Member Sally Greene, responding to her vote for the Obey Creek development.
Before I was halfway through reading it, tears began to flow, as I felt the terrible and unretrievable loss for the Chapel Hill that greeted me when I arrived in 1965, and that nurtured me for so many wonderful years.
With the recent Obey Creek decision, I feel that it is, indeed, a losing battle. I remember as a child growing up in the North Carolina mountains, my parents would often shake their heads and say, “You can't fight city hall.” Now, in my mid-70s, I am feeling the sad impact of that statement.
I, too am weeping ...
But, deep down inside, I still cling to a ray of hope that in the upcoming election, we will elect officials who will seek to keep what can be salvaged of Chapel Hill before it becomes just one more gigantic field of big box stores and skyscrapers.
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