About "The Right's Last Rites" Viewpoint by Jonathan Cole ...
The world is a changing place. Tennessee and the other states attempting to segregate, punish, and exclude same-sex couples from their basic rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, should learn to live and let live, to follow the basic principles this great country was founded upon — and God's basic commandment: "Love one another as I have loved you."
My husband and I live in one of those states that does not (yet) recognize same sex marriage, but fortunately all the benefits we receive are federal.
When I picked up my national newspaper today, I was amazed to find about half of three sections crammed with news about the first openly gay NFL candidate. This is 2014. Why aren't we beyond such silliness? To me that is about like seeing a glaring headline proclaiming: "NFL signs first blue-eyed recruit." Making so much fuss about something that is an inherited trait and no one's business is such a waste of ink. I'm embarrassed to live where such silly and unimportant matters are deemed so newsworthy. My friends in more enlightened countries will no doubt give me a lot of grief over yet another display of our backwardness.
- Greg Cravens
About Chris McCoy's review of the RoboCop remake ...
You know, Paul Verhoeven made some absolutely abysmal movies, too. You'd think a Hollywood devoid of original ideas would at least think to make a new and improved version of Showgirls, instead of trying to remake his certified classics.
About Tim Sampson's "Rant" on the Winter Olympics ...
I have two comments on this. First, I use my DVR to skip over all the social commentary and human interest stories. I go straight to the competitions, where all that is right with the world is on display. The sportsmanship, camaraderie, and thrill of athletic endeavors is inspirational.
Second, I find it ludicrous that the United States is representing the higher moral ground when it comes to civil and gay rights. We have a not-so-stellar history of our own in these areas and still have a long way to go, so it's a bit hypocritical to hold Russia under the microscope.
In general, if we take politics out of the equation, the world is a pretty cool place and the average Joes are all pretty similar in their day-to-day existence. Government is a necessary evil, but I question the need for the talking heads on television who create division and anxiety.
About "In the Weeds," Alexandra Pusateri's February 6th cover story on medical marijuana ...
There is no way in hell that these stuffy, tight ass republicans you people vote for are going to pass anything to do with marijuana! (If you want to argue that, you better stop and think who sponsored it in the first place!) Tennessee has no referendum vote, so we are screwed! We will be the last state to do anything, because we have to rely on our politicians to vote for us. I might as well keep the old dealer close by and keep giving my money to the cartels.
Our current Marijuana Policy is "arrest and ruin." We have to turn the page. Let us bring freedom-loving Tennessee Republicans by the thousands into loud Marijuana Majority.
About Kevin Lipe's column, "Griz at the Break ... "
For the last 30 games of playoff hunt, I expect the Griz to regain health and showcase the elite execution on both ends of the floor we enjoyed in January's run. With a healthy core and consistent strong play, we can be looking at a six seed, and that's totally within reach at this point.