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NEWS
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
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.
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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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.
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
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.
NEWS
November 21, 2013
IN HER column "A muzzle-bound society," Christine Flowers objects to a Massachusetts law that forces abortion protesters to stay 35 feet away from the entrances to abortion clinics as "preventing people from expressing unpopular opinions. " She further claims that punishing people who violate the statute is "fascist. " No one is being prevented from expressing an opinion on abortion. Keeping people who often shout and hurl insults only 35 feet away from frightened women who are going through a difficult ordeal is not unreasonable.
NEWS
November 12, 2013
TO CHRISTINE Flowers: I've just read your piece on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act passed recently by the Senate. And although I agree with the assessment that most liberals try to paint conservatives as uneducated bigots, I cannot follow you as you affirm that offering the right to marriage matters less when it comes to fight discrimination. Changing people's minds to make them accept and not tolerate another often happens when they consider the other to be part of the same group (at least on some level)
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