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Liberal values

January 4, 2006


To the editor:

In 2005, my husband and I attended three golden wedding anniversary parties among our liberal friends in liberal Lawrence. Of the six individuals whose marriages were celebrated, four were retired faculty from the liberal Kansas University. The parties were arranged, attended and celebrated by loving children and grandchildren. Our own 50th anniversary was several years back. Another highlight of 2005 was a joyful wedding uniting large families across two continents, Africa and North America, and celebrated with traditional foods and customs from several communities.

Traditional family values seem to be alive and well here in this liberal blue county in a red state. I do not put the word liberal in ironic quotation marks. Our friends are genuine liberals - that is, they favor progress and reform; they favor the freedom of individuals to act or express themselves in ways of their own choice; they are generous and tolerant of the views of others. Such attitudes are often nurtured by a liberal arts education, available at Kansas University at its best.

But family values also exist in nontraditional families among our single, divorced, widowed and remarried liberal friends. They support aged parents, neighbors and friends, as well as their own children and other dependents. Some of our gay friends are in long-term relationships without the option of marriage. Liberal family values do not depend on narrow, judgmental views.

Mary Davidson,



Ragingbear 12 years, 1 month ago

The first one to correctly guess how many times the word "Liberal" was used in this letter wins a prize..

craigers 12 years, 1 month ago

I'm glad you are comfortable in your liberalism. Conservatism is the way for me.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 1 month ago

indeed, "tolerant liberals" = self canceling phrase. they are "tolerant for anything, everything, and many strange choices which lead to early death, but they are very intolerant of traditional values, based in the faith of our fathers/founders. they try to make the Bible into "hate speech." etc.
thanks for the links Arminius!

"tolerant liberals" indeed, did the LJW print this letter with an ironic smirk on its editorial face?

bearded_gnome 12 years, 1 month ago

that sub probably is autopiloted to crash...ya think?

Godot 12 years, 1 month ago

Did ya hear the one about the submarine named after Jimmy Carter? It was so full of hot air, they couldn't get it to submerge.

ba da bing, ba da boom

craigers 12 years, 1 month ago

What about the USS Monica Lewinsky? It would have no problem going down.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 1 month ago


the uss or ssn clinton...would be rigged to never be able to accurately report its position. constantly changing the report based on circumstances instead of the actual position!

bearded_gnome 12 years, 1 month ago

the USS Ted Kennedy: built an obsolete oversized battleship, travels at only half speed, the guns constantly misfire or when they do fire, always miss to the left. equipped with an extra smoke stack, not connected to the actual engine but to a smoke generator, for extra spouting off. often steers circling in the middle of nowhere, but comes equipped with no lifeboats or other equipment to help people who fall off and land in the water! launched at Cape Cod. cristened by a bottle to usual procedure except bottle is already been emptied.

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