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July 8, 2011
IPRETTY MUCH disagree with almost all of Christine Flowers' beliefs. That said, I found her July 1 column disheartening, not because of the ideas she expressed but because of the emails she says she regularly gets from readers calling her, in her words, a "rhymes-with-witch," "rhymes-with-punt" or "rhymes-with-trucker. " I've had numerous email exchanges with Ms. Flowers. She has always been polite in responding. In one of our first, she thanked me for expressing my views without resorting to name-calling.
NEWS
July 2, 2014 | CHRISTINE FLOWERS
THAT "THUD" you just heard was the sound of progressives, secularists and freebie-seekers thumping their foreheads in anguish. Or perhaps it was the rumble as millions of religious folk fell to their knees in gratitude that the Supreme Court had, for once in a blue moon, gotten the free-exercise clause of the First Amendment right. Or it possibly could have been the clamor of bricks from that imaginary Wall Between Church and State, crumbling to the ground in a felicitous heap.
NEWS
September 17, 2010
THERE'S ABSOLUTELY no way op-ed columnist Christine Flowers can be an intelligent, independent feminist and be antichoice. I have just one question for her: Are you against abortion? Don't have one! Just leave everyone else alone. It's a personal choice between a woman, her family and her medical professional. Please get out of other people's bedrooms. I have a 24-year-old daughter, and if she had an unwanted pregnancy, I'm not sure how I would feel about it. But the LAST thing I would want is for some nameless, faceless bureaucrat making that decision for her. Dennis M. O'Neill, Garnet Valley, Pa. Editor's note: Christine Flowers says she isn't a feminist.
NEWS
April 19, 2011
CHRISTINE Flowers takes the art of begging the question to a new height in her op-ed on the "boobies" bracelets. Her shot at the U.S. Supreme Court for expanding rights is a worn-out conservative canard. We don't know how broad free speech was intended to be because founders like Jefferson and Hamilton couldn't agree on that question. Maybe Flowers never heard of the 1798 Sedition Act debate. Words like "lewd" and "vulgar" have proven too subjective for a working legal definition, and misquoting Potter Stewart's "I know it when I see it" quip doesn't change that.
NEWS
December 20, 2013
'Twas the week before Christmas But thanks to a trend We were calling it "holiday" So as not to offend The creatures were shopping In capitalist bliss Not heeding the warning Of new "Pope Marxist" (er, Francis) The stock market hung On Paul Ryan's brave dare Causing libs and conservatives Equally to swear In sports we were focused On finding a reason That the NFC East still Deserved a postseason Up on Capitol Hill Was our speaker, John Boehner Who, though screaming at colleagues Looked infinitely saner Not so happy the fellow Who we fondly call POTUS Since, by sampling some Danish He ticked off the FLOTUS Then we heard of a marriage That got one teacher fired But it wasn't surprising He was forced to "retire" Since the "groom" was employed At a Catholic spot And his dearly beloved, well- A "bride" he was not. Then a judge ruled polygamy Might not be so awful Raising hopes that a mass "I do" Could soon become lawful.
NEWS
June 8, 2011
RE CHRISTINE Flowers' op-ed about homelessness: I am a chaplain at a psychiatric hospital in South Jersey and am also a retired military veteran. I also serve as a chaplain in Camden at the Trauma Hospital. I see homelessness and mental illness up close and personal every day. She sees them as an "annoyance," and I see them as God's lost children. One out of every four homeless adult males are military vets, and most homeless people suffer from some form of mental illness, drug addiction or traumatic stress syndrome.
NEWS
February 23, 2011
AS A GAY Catholic, parts of Christine Flowers' Feb. 18 op-ed column ( "What a Load of Bigoted Hooey" ) were insulting. While saying she doesn't believe gay equals pedophile, Ms. Flowers believes it is "disingenuous to ignore the connection between the gender of the abusers and the gender of the accused as if it didn't exist. " While many priests did molest boys, some molested girls. At my former school, there was even a nun who molested boys. If Ms. Flowers advocates "rooting out the gay priests in its midst," should we also have rooted out straight priests to stop the rest of the abusers?
NEWS
January 13, 2009
THE FINAL paragraph of Christine Flowers' heartfelt, moving and well-deserved celebration of the life of Dr. John Pryor begins with this sentence: "Some lives are expendable," and continues, referring to Dr. Pryor, "This one was not. " Of course, Dr. Pryor's life was not "expendable. " But precisely whose life is "expendable"? By what criteria is that judgment made? Who makes the judgment? Dan Larkin Merion Station
NEWS
October 9, 2007
CHRISTINE Flowers (op-ed, Oct. 5) is entitled to her view of the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas case. It's my judgment that Sen. Arlen Specter unfairly badgered Hill over four days of testimony about several small but extremely provocative conversations, and that Specter's prosecutorial zeal would have been curtailed in any reasonable courtroom. Flowers has mischaracterized Hill's astonishment at Thomas' continuing anger as a matter only of "memory. " But the astonishment is one that relates Thomas' lack of maturity, to forgive the trespasses of others in his later years, for injuries which occurred so far in the past.
NEWS
December 5, 2012
CORRECTIONS * A story in Tuesday's Daily News about a lawsuit settlement by the University of Pennsylvania and a fraternity with the family of a student who died in a fall in 2011 contained incorrect information. Suds Beer Store of Trevose, Bucks County, agreed to pay $375,000 to the family. * A blog post by Christine Flowers that was reprinted in Tuesday's Daily News misstated information about Kasandra Perkins, who was killed in a murder-suicide by Kansas City Chiefs player Javon Belcher.
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NEWS
July 10, 2014
THE HEARTBREAKING and alarming news that one in five high school students is involved with either DHS or the juvenile justice system should be a wake-up call for systemic change. Even though we should never abandon these students or give up hope, the intervention that has the best chance of saving them must happen as early as possible. Blaming their dysfunctional homes as an excuse not to fund early intervention programs only exacerbates the problem. Meanwhile, many teachers apply for positions in urban schools at all levels for the purpose of making a difference.
NEWS
July 2, 2014 | CHRISTINE FLOWERS
THAT "THUD" you just heard was the sound of progressives, secularists and freebie-seekers thumping their foreheads in anguish. Or perhaps it was the rumble as millions of religious folk fell to their knees in gratitude that the Supreme Court had, for once in a blue moon, gotten the free-exercise clause of the First Amendment right. Or it possibly could have been the clamor of bricks from that imaginary Wall Between Church and State, crumbling to the ground in a felicitous heap.
NEWS
May 23, 2014
ONCE MORE, Christine Flowers has deigned to bless us earthlings with her biased opinions. Sine we live on different planets it will probably take a few days for this message to get to her. I would like to know what laws are not based on emotion, i.e., this is good, this is bad? Just because you don't like it doesn't mean any law is being violated. If you disapprove of gay marriage that's OK, but don't pretend it's illegal or unwarranted. Too many people disagree with you, although that's never stopped you in the past.
NEWS
May 15, 2014
IN HER opinion piece on Emily Letts' video, Christine Flowers conflates a number of issues to which Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC would like to respond. While Planned Parenthood had nothing at all to do with the abortion video, the point is that abortion is a deeply personal, often complex decision for a woman to make. Ultimately, decisions about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy or raise a child must be left to a woman, her family and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor or health-care provider.
NEWS
March 11, 2014
TO CHRISTINE Flowers: I think you are right. I am totally against sodomy in all of its forms and had to place myself in the shoes of those in Arizona who can't conscientiously serve homosexuals. If I had a service of some kind in the state, I couldn't do anything that would encourage or express any approval of this form of sexual perversion. (I would say the same about fornication, adultery and pedophilia.) I suppose that I could be sued and put out of business. And this is probably true in many or most other states.
NEWS
February 27, 2014
I WAS amazed to read SRC Chairman Bill Green's remarks about Dr. Hite's impatience with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers during contract negotiations. Do the leaders of the school district not understand the process of negotiation? Despite stalled discussion of the needs of our children in this school district, our teachers have not abandoned the children and have continued to support learning despite extraordinary working conditions. Teachers have not lost patience. They have continued to "stay the course.
NEWS
February 25, 2014
IN RESPONSE to Christine Flowers: You are right when you say that there are always a few bad apples. If found guilty, the union ironworkers that have been charged with wrongdoing will pay the price they deserve. As union membership declines so have the average wage and benefit packages for most working men and woman. I'm sure this statistic does not fit into your right-wing talking points. It seems to me that in your worldview the only bad apples are the working men and woman who built this great country.
NEWS
February 13, 2014
RE: CHRISTINE Flowers' column on Philip Seymour Hoffman's death: I agree completely. As a therapist, I see many who don't have the courage to face themselves, and use the excuse of disease. It's our fundamental nature to be selfish, that's why we need greater purpose to guide our lives. To live knowing we are called to suffer and sacrifice for the good of others is what helps us keep at bay our self-centered nature. Dale M. Hayden Wexford, Pa. Christine: I find myself in the unusual position of agreeing with everything you expressed.
NEWS
February 12, 2014
CHRISTINE Flowers' column calling Philip Seymour Hoffman "selfish" because he overdosed and died was odd. Ms. Flowers acknowledged that addiction specialists believe that some addicts are too weak biologically and/or psychologically to overcome their addictions and therefore succumb. Ms. Flowers' response is, "I don't believe that. " I awaited her evidence that would refute all the trained addiction specialists, but all she offered was the trite "the human spirit is strong. " Well, I'm glad that's settled.
NEWS
February 5, 2014
I HAVE no special love for the Clintons, but Christine Flowers' and others' obsessive sexual curiosity of Republicans for Bill's public exploitation of those who worked for him seems remarkably unself-conscious and unself-aware. You are surely aware, Ms. Flowers, of the many Republican bathroom and bedroom proclivities, some with congressional employees. Recent Republican White House occupants would count themselves lucky, in their advanced age, to be capable of such escapades. One particular occupant might have had trouble due to prior bouts of alcohol and drug use. Hillary Clinton should not be tarred with the moral deficiencies of her husband any more than Geraldine Ferraro's diet should be judged by the contents of her husband's refrigerator.
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