Reader: Rendell’s Vick view bites it

Posted: May 30, 2012

While driving home from a business trip, I was appalled to hear former governor Edward Rendell interviewed on "The Sean Hannity Show."

The topic of Michael Vick came up, and Rendell was asked what he thinks of him. He immediately responded, "I love Michael Vick," noting not only his athletic prowess but that he is "a fine young man." Most outlandishly, Rendell asked who among us has not made "a mistake"?

In Rendell’s eyes, savagery against innocent, defenseless, precious domestic animals, taking sadistic glee in their torture and slaughter, is not a fatal character flaw, but rather a "mistake" that can be washed away after the passage of a short period of time.

Shame on dog-lover and dog guardian Rendell. I suppose I should not be surprised, though, by anything offensive and incendiary which emanates from the mouth of a man who cozied up to corrupt members of the General Assembly and argued for one of them to be treated leniently by the "justice" system.

Perhaps Rendell and Vick deserve each other.

Oren M. Spiegler

Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

Follow the money

As a member of the Daily News People’s Editorial Board I wrote an article on the future of marriage and I would like to thank Tom Wilson Weinberg for affirming what most of us knew all along, but would have been maligned had we ever expressed ourselves as a heterosexual: that gay marriage is not about "marriage equality," it’s about money.

Mr. Weinberg states that there are 1,138 privileges that traditional married couples receive that same-sex married couples do not. He calls them rights, but since they are not directed at all citizens it’s clear that they are privileges.

As a person born to be a bachelor — and, quite frankly, I like my lifestyle and will not get married — I, too, do not receive the 1,138 privileges you mention. So, they are not a right — rights extend to everyone.

I would like to say that I am not against gay marriage. If two people love each other, they should spend the rest of their lives together.

I am pretty sure that nothing is stopping a gay couple from renting a hall, inviting their friends, getting married and living happily ever after.

The only thing is that the federal government will tax you as a single person. Just like me. So, same-sex couples can marry; they are just not extended the monetary benefits given to traditional couples.

So, I would like to thank Mr. Weinberg for explicitly saying what gay marriage is about: free apps, property transfer without paying taxes, tax-free transfer of property and assets after death, free health insurance and free Social Security benefits for yourself and any children you adopt.

The truth is out there thanks to Mr. Weinberg, and I salute you, sir. Everyone now understands that money is what gay marriage is all about. Money.

And nothing is free; the rest of us will pick up the tab for the choices you made in your life.

Tom Sexton

Philadelphia

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