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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
January 19, 2009
CONGRATS to Christine Flowers on her Pulitzer-quality op-ed on the late Dr. John Pryor. I can't recall ever enjoying an article more. At church, our pastor quoted from W.H. Auden's "For the Time Being," and I'd like to share it inasmuch as I feel it perfectly describes the John Pryors of this world. "To choose what is difficult all one's days/As if it were easy, that is faith. " Dr. Pryor's shining example in all facets of his life shows the enormous faith that he must have possessed, and I pray that we all can gain.
November 26, 2013
CHRISTINE Flowers may not have been born when John Kennedy was elected, but I was. At 12 years old I was already a veteran of the Catholic school system and years away from understanding or appreciating this unwanted "gift" from my parents. My father was a Naval Academy graduate, die-hard Republican and a Catholic convert who married my one-hundred-percent Italian mother. My younger brother and two younger sisters all flourished in a combined atmosphere of love, discipline and accountability.