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Perspective - April 20, 2007

Letters to the editor

Preserve the orchard

Dear Editor:

Hurray for Mr. Armand Borel! It is refreshing to know there is at least someone not giving in to housing developments. Every hill and dale is dotted with houses, and what was once ranches and farms now is giving way to a population explosion in housing. People love watching the cattle on the hills, the occasional wild turkey trotting across the road, and viewing the open fields hiking up Mount Diablo. How many locals can identify a walnut tree or a Bartlett pear tree? This was what Danville was long ago. Thank goodness the Iron Horse Trail remains sacred ground. It would be sad to see Mr. Borel's land disappear and replaced by houses or commercial enterprises.

Please, Mr. Robert Storer (Danville Planning Commissioner) let's preserve Mr. Borel's land for posterity as a national landmark much like Forest Home Farms. It could be a working farm with the help of local school children harvesting the walnuts and caring for the property. I bet you could even plan a new senior center there in the existing buildings and the seniors would care for it. What a wonderful community opportunity to preserve Danville's heritage.

Barbara Brick, Danville

Sad ironies of St. Timothy's

Dear Editor:

How sadly ironic that an Episcopal church named for St. Timothy endorses homosexualism, blesses "same-sex unions," and now parades two lesbian cover girls (April 13).

Timothy's own greeting accompanied St. Paul's letter to the Romans, which warned about women who "exchanged natural relations for unnatural," and men "who likewise gave up natural relations with women ..., committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error" (Romans 1:26-27).

Sounds like Someone warned against the tragically self-destructive behaviors implicated in most U.S. AIDS cases, elevated breast-cancer rates among lesbians, and widespread homosexual incidence of other deadly diseases.

Paul was 2,000 years closer to Christianity's foundations than the sexual revolutionaries and Scripture-twisting revisionists leading today's "Episcopal Church USA" and trivializing obedience to unambiguous Scriptural prohibitions as "varying interpretations," or "fear of the unknown."

As an AIDS-infected ex-homosexual said at lunch with my wife and me, it's at best false compassion to encourage, or even blandly to tolerate, behaviors which harm their participants. And as Dr. Robert Spitzer - who helped lead the political maneuvers which removed homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association's manual of mental disorders in 1973 - has more recently found, reparative therapy can assist those seeking to reorient homosexual inclinations.

The Rev. Van McAlister, a traditional Episcopalian, wisely counsels behavioral reform among both alcoholics and homosexuals. Genetic predispositions are sometimes claimed for both afflictions. Both are actuarially unhealthy. But political and (allegedly) religious liberals discourage one compulsion, while irrationally celebrating the other.

Michael Arata, Danville

Church is a breath of fresh air

Dear Editor:

I read the article in the Danville Weekly about St. Timothy's (April 13), and I just wanted to let the Rev. Kathleen Trapani know how much I appreciate her church's open-minded attitude.

I also applaud the Danville Weekly for running the story - you are a continuing breath of fresh air, especially appreciated after the long siege of the Valley Citizen. In addition, the Danville Weekly recently ran an important article about Jordan Riak, who has been a children's advocate for 30 years (see his wonderful Web site www.nospank.net/main.htm).

It's people like the Rev. Trapani, Jordan Riak, and Dolores Fox Ciardelli of the Danville Weekly who keep my hopes up in this sometimes depressing decade.

Lucy Cole, Alamo

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