Natural and unnatural
For all of you applauding the Supreme Court decisions regarding gay marriage, how does it feel to have just given the proverbial middle finger to God? Of course, some of you have been doing it for years regarding prayer and abortion; no big deal, huh?
I believe in the natural order of things: sunlight, darkness, birth, death, etc., but gay relationships and marriage don't fit that order. They are unnatural and depend on our natural order to continue.
Regarding "Largo business wins fight against contraception" (front page, June 26) and "Justices rule all marriages equal" (front page, June 27):
On Wednesday, when I opened The Tampa Tribune, I saw that sage U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich decided that corporations do have First Amendment freedom of religion protections. A jubilant Thomas Beckwith, owner of a local electric company, exclaimed, "I fought the law, and the Lord won!" regarding his case against the Affordable Care Act contraception mandate, which violated his religious beliefs.
On Thursday, the front page shared that the Supreme Court ruled legally married homosexual couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. I sense God wants us to fix marriage, not redefine it. Our local fire departments don't go into a burning building or home and then dynamite it.
Tuesday's ruling was a win for God, and Wednesday's rulings were a loss for God. But we must remember that God might lose a battle here and there, but he will never lose the war. The truth, religious freedom and marriage will always prevail on God's side, for it was ordained by him and him alone.
LutzRead phone bills
We recently discovered that we were victims of our own complacency. Several years ago my wife decided we should have cellphones and that our son, who is deaf, should have a text phone. She got us the phones and had the bills paid by debiting her bank account. She noticed increases in the monthly bills but did not read them carefully. They were each 10 or 11 pages long. Last month I noticed a phone bill for over $300. I reviewed the old bills and found that within a few months of starting the service, "subscriptions" for other services were added to the bills for things with strange names like " Jamster" and "Reverse Auction." Over the next year, a total of seven of these were added for a total of $60-plus per month. We had not ordered these, at least not knowingly.
When I questioned the local phone company, they had no explanation, and provided only sympathy. I was later told by another phone representative that these added services, which are provided by outside agents, can occur accidentally by pressing a wrong button ( but nobody does that, do they?).
We are educated people who understand English well, but the jargon used to title these charges as "communication charges" seemed innocuous. If this happened to us, it can happen to others who do not question items that they do not understand on their phone bill.
Carl W. Pflug
Regarding "The acting trade" (Your Views, June 27): Apparently, the catalyst for Irwin Schuster's letter was the premature passing of a great actor, James Gandolfini. Yet, Schuster quickly concedes that he doesn't know whether Gandolfini was a "swell guy" or not. Instead, his letter devolves into a screed against actors and the acting "trade."
Schuster bemoans the privileged status of actors who are supported by a legion of studios, agents, spokespersons, lawyers and accountants. Although the letter is silent in this respect, one can only assume that his knowledge is derived from Hollywood gossip tabloids. I will certainly have to tell my Actor's Equity card-carrying, professional actor son that he is missing out on his entourage as he schlepps from audition to audition trying to land the next job which pays a subsistence wage.
According to Schuster, actors are talentless "puppets" who gesture and posture as they mimic instructions from directors. At last, the truth is exposed about the likes of Lawrence Olivier, Uta Hagen, John Gielgud and Patti Lapone! To be sure, this "culturally destructive industry" spawned by Shakespeare, Euripides, Arthur Miller and Edward Albee is clearly a threat to our society.
Seriously, though, I entreat Schuster to arise from his Barcalounger, turn off the reality TV program he is watching and come to the production of "How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" at Stageworks Theater. I will give him two tickets. And if he is unwilling or unable to witness acting first-hand, I encourage him to audition for the title role in Moliere's "The Misanthrope," he clearly will require no talent or special skills for this role.
Frank R. Jakes
TampaThe writer is vice president of the Stageworks Theater Board of Directors and an actor.