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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
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
July 6, 2016
I SHARE the anguish expressed by Christine Flowers in her powerful op-ed on why she feels forced to vote for presidential candidate Donald Trump, whom she loathes. Her deepest concern is the possible Supreme Court justice the next president will nominate to replace late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, and possibly others. Hillary Clinton has already expressed support for Planned Parenthood and hailed the "victory" of the recent SCOTUS decision striking down a Texas law that abortion clinics be hospital-ready for emergencies.
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
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
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.
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NEWS
July 6, 2016
I SHARE the anguish expressed by Christine Flowers in her powerful op-ed on why she feels forced to vote for presidential candidate Donald Trump, whom she loathes. Her deepest concern is the possible Supreme Court justice the next president will nominate to replace late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, and possibly others. Hillary Clinton has already expressed support for Planned Parenthood and hailed the "victory" of the recent SCOTUS decision striking down a Texas law that abortion clinics be hospital-ready for emergencies.
NEWS
February 5, 2016
SOLOMON JONES hit the nail on the head, when he wrote his column about the difference between black and white, with the MOVE confrontation and the ranchers' protest in Oregon. The city of Philadelphia under the command of Commissioner Gregore Sambore burned down a whole block because people who called themselves MOVE and were the followers of John Africa. All the people in involved in the move confrontation were of African descent. The white people in Oregon took over property that belonged to the United States government.
NEWS
January 7, 2016
OVER THE WEEKEND, I read a column on philly.com by Christine Flowers. It was about Bill Cosby and William Lynn. In it, the author wrote that Lynn was charged under a law that does not apply to him. That is not correct. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled, in Lynn's case, that Lynn could be charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Since the author's incorrect statement of the law seems to be the basis for her conclusion that Lynn was convicted of a crime he did not commit, the entire column - as it relates to Lynn - is false.
NEWS
December 9, 2015
IN HER RECENT column, Christine Flowers writes, "I reject the premise that language, even harsh language, can trigger havoc. Words don't kill. Sick, evil people do. " Therefore, she claims, the inflammatory language of the anti-abortion movement has nothing to do with the violent attacks against abortion providers. Ms. Flowers also indicates that she is an "unapologetic Christian. " She should remember, then, the flyers that were circulated in El Salvador in the '70s and '80s instructing soldiers to "Be a patriot!
NEWS
October 28, 2015
WHAT IS A UNION supposed to do for its active paying members? I'm trying to figure this one out. A few Philly cops tested positive for drugs and the only comment from Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby was, "We [the union] don't represent officers who do that stuff. " People turn to drugs for a number of reasons; it could be from a bout of depression from losing a loved one, financial problems, a previous injury that now led to an addiction, etc., but instead of rooting out the problem of the drug use and getting you help, your union who has accepted and deposited your dues for however long you've been a cop decided to turn its back on you . . . wow . Don't a lot of companies offer programs to their workers who have such problems - they will get you treatment, offer you a sponsor, etc.?
NEWS
September 29, 2015
WITH GREAT faith, hope and love in my heart, I decorated the front of my house in South Philly to honor and welcome our Holy Father Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia. Unfortunately, a sinner robbed my decorations not once but twice! I want to thank you for trying to test my faith, trying to make me angry, trying to make me feed into your evilness! I enjoy being tested! You could rob all the material things I own but you and no one else will ever take my faith away from me!
NEWS
December 16, 2014
I MOVED TO Center City in 1988. I lived four blocks south of the Gallery. It was very convenient living so close to a major mall. The Gallery was not a great mall, but it had three anchor stores (Strawbridge and Clothier, Sterns, and J.C. Penney) that made it a decent place to shop. Unfortunately, all three are gone. In November 1988 I had a fall and became a quadriplegic. At that time the Gallery was very accessible because each of the anchor stores had elevators that went to every level.
NEWS
December 4, 2014
WHEN the grand jury did not indict Officer Darren Wilson, two key elements were established as fact: The grand jury showed that a crime was not committed by the officer, and it also showed that the root cause of the rioting was based on the recollections of people who were shown to be not telling the truth. When I see pictures in the Daily News and cartoons of people with hands raised, I wonder if the creator of the cartoon (Signe) or the protester actually read the grand-jury report that showed that no credible witness claimed Michael Brown's hands were raised when he was shot.
NEWS
August 6, 2014
KUDOS to Temple University for its commitment to access and diversity and its bold and courageous move to make the SAT or ACT an option and not a requirement for admission to the university beginning fall 2015. Temple becomes the first national public research university in the Northeast to make standardized test scores optional. In looking at the whole picture and a student's entire high-school body of work - GPA, class rank, rigorous subject choices, overall achievement - and recognizing that there do exist intelligent and outstanding students who may not standardized-test well, Temple is helping to ensure that many more deserving students with the potential to make an impact on the university and on the world do not fall through the cracks and are now given the opportunity to attend Temple.
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.
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