‘Discrimination can be positive’ – Brent Reid

first_imgStuff.co.nz 19 Sep 2012Wairarapa man Brent Reid, who stood as the Conservative Party Wairarapa candidate last election, discusses his view that changes brought about by the bill would render marriage “meaningless”.Louisa Wall’s gay marriage bill, or in her words “Marriage Equality Bill” is said to remove discrimination from another area of society. Discrimination can be an ugly thing so removing it from all areas of society seems like a good idea. But discrimination can be a positive thing. Under current law, to get married one has to be above the legal age of sixteen and not married to anybody else. Your potential partner cannot be too close a relative e.g. brother, sister uncle, aunt etc and you have to be of the opposite sex. Interestingly love is not a requirement under law.If we remove the rule that says you have to be of the opposite sex, then it is only fair (fairness being a core value of the Labour Party) that all other discriminatory rules also be removed. A man could then have more than one wife. Two fourteen-year-olds or twelve-year-olds could get married and all those relatives who fall in love with each other could tie the knot and sanction their union. This would bring about equality. The question of equality has me puzzled. In a same sex relationship, particularly when raising kids you are essentially saying men and women are the same at either job, that is, they are equal. Not so, my wife is far superior to me, but at least I can say I’m different. Polygamist and polyamorist (groups of men and women) as well as genetic attraction groups (brother and sister, father and daughter, mother and son in consenting incestuous sexual relationships) in Australia, the U.S and Canada are talking about marriage.They argue that if the gays get their way then they have the “right” to marriage also. And who can deny them? To do so would be ”discriminatory, bigoted, hateful and hurtful”. Wall says her bill is only about two people of the same sex wanting marriage, not other types of relationships. It does however pave the way for another MP in the future to introduce other bills on the same grounds.Homosexuals often identify themselves within the wider group of GLBT – that is gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Following the theme of equality and anti-discrimination, then the rights of this group would have to be advanced together. Like being able to donate blood, this is another bastion of discrimination where GLBT’s are unwelcome. Once marriage equality is achieved then a couple of straight mates could get married. Brothers even! It could be useful for immigration or any other reason I haven’t thought of. Or is same sex marriage for gays only? You could ask them to prove that they are gay in front of a marriage registrar, but this would be discrimination.“I’m OK if my son is gay” Yeah Right! That’s what a friend of mine said would make a great Tui billboard. It would create a lot of discussion because it says a lot about how our society really feels about homosexuality. Do parents still have the right to teach their kids morals regarding sexual behaviour?The Bible declares, “The State giveth and the State taketh away”. OK, it’s not in the Bible but its close.Marriage existed long before civil government came to be. The state recognised it as good for society and gave it legal status. Same sex marriage would be a creation of the state. The difference is that one is state recognised and the other is state created. They (homosexuals) have never desired marriage before in history. Why do they want it now? Many heterosexuals just live together. Is it to equate homosexuality with the great institutes of society, like marriage? Their struggle for ‘equality’, which has been very effective, is often compared to racism. But it’s not quite the same. One is based on discrimination against unchangeable physical characteristics – the other on who you like to have sex with.A farmer told me two bulls don’t make a cow. The more public this discussion becomes, the more people will talk about homosexual sex. Normal or unnatural? Moral verses immoral ? Choice or not? As yet science cannot find any genetic driver.Most opposition to the gay agenda is shut down by calling people vicious names, particularly Christians. Not much is said against the Muslim view of homosexuality. Is it because Christians are more tolerant?Gay adoption is the next step to gay marriage. Society laments the many serious social problems to do with children, most of who are raised in fatherless homes. Kids with the best outcomes are raised in homes with a mum and dad. To say otherwise is to ignore screeds of studies and research. Why would the state override research and deliberately create motherless and fatherless homes by allowing gays to adopt kids? This also overrides the rights of a child to a mother and father.Marriage breakdown is a blight in our culture – to redefine marriage would render the word meaningless.When a word means everything, it means nothing – therefore why would people bother getting married? The end result would be marriage for nobody.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7701062/Marriage-equality-stories-Discrimination-can-be-positivelast_img read more

Zalewski shining in Bielema’s spring corps

first_imgAJ MACLEAN/Herald photoAfter entering last season as the biggest question mark on a defense featuring a talented line and experienced backfield, the Wisconsin linebackers returned all three starters heading into this year’s spring practice. However, with senior “will” backer Dontez Sanders nursing an injury, several youngsters have stepped up for Bret Bielema’s defense.“Obviously, we have guys that haven’t had many reps in live game situations,” Bielema said. “The more you can put them in those situations through scrimmages, pressure situations, understanding what the point is in the football game that they need to do this, this and this for this to happen. That’s going to happen, but there’s a big, big learning curve. They learn every day, you can see it literally happen within a practice.”One of those youngsters who has grabbed the coaching staff’s attention this spring is redshirt sophomore Casey Hogan. Hogan worked at safety last season, but shifted to “sam” linebacker prior to the spring session and has earned a spot on the second team defense after beginning the spring buried on the depth chart.“What we’ve really done is put him in a position where he would have more success physically, in theory, than the other position,” Bielema said.The transition to linebacker has been, by Hogan’s own admission, tough. However, the new “sam” backer has been studying film and learning from teammates.“It’s definitely a lot more physical,” Hogan said of playing on the strong side. “I’ve definitely been in the training room a lot more than I’m used to. I’ve just got to use my size and my long arms to my advantage and know where I’ve got to line up in formations and stuff and just do my keys and I’ll be alright.”Hogan has made the most of his chances thus far, showing his combination of speed and quickness for a linebacker. The lanky 6-foot-5 Hogan has also used his atypical size to create problems for the UW offense on blitzes during scrimmages. For the Cross Plains native, his play of late is a culmination of many hours of hard work.“The goal coming into the spring was just to get the coaches to notice, work hard in the weight room and get bigger, faster and stronger with [strength and conditioning coordinator John Dettman] and company,” Hogan said. “I’m just working hard, trying to get up in the film room as much as I can, get up with the coaches, talk to them. I’m lucky they’re noticing and I’m making the plays and getting the opportunity.”The man ahead of Hogan on the depth chart, junior Mark Zalewski, has had one of the best springs of any player on the defensive side of the football. While senior Lamarr Watkins, who has played in 31 games (starting eight) in his career, has taken the majority of snaps with the first team defense at “will” in Sanders’ absence, only Zalewski appears to have a real grip on a starting job.“I think Mark Zalewski is a good football player,” Bielema said. “Zew’s probably my best linebacker at any position, and he knows that. He’s really competing well amongst himself. He knows what he has to do to become a better football player. The rest of the guys, it’s a wide open battle and they’re doing some good things.”A position in an upheaval of sorts this spring has been “mike” backer, where sophomore Andy Crooks, who took over the starting spot for five games near the end of last season, has been among a number of players working with the first team defense in the middle.Junior Reggie Cribbs, who started prior to Crooks’ emergence until he was limited by an injury last season, has been a noticeable absence this spring. Cribbs has not participated in practice reportedly due to academic issues, and his status for the fall remains uncertain.Along with Crooks, junior Paul Joran and redshirt freshman Josh Neal have each spent time at first team “mike”, with Joran seeing the most time of late.The group as a whole will receive a boost in the fall from a talented freshman class that includes highly touted linebackers Travis Beckum and Elijah Hodge. However, the influx of new talent could also leave several current Badger linebackers fighting for spots on the depth chart.“We can’t worry about them,” Hogan said. “We’ve got to do our job right now, it’s spring ball and they’re obviously not here. But when they come in, we’re going to welcome them and try to help them into our family at linebacker, help them as much as we can and make us a better unit.”last_img read more

Public hearing for South Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging will be June 18, 2014

first_imgRozie O’BrienAging Projects, Inc.325 N. WalnutHutchinson, KS  67501620-669-8201 Janet DonleySumner Board for Senior Services217 W. 8thWellington, KS  67152620-326-2500 Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The South Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging will hold a public hearing on June 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Sumner County Health Department, 217 W. 8th, Wellington on the FY 2015 Area Plan Comments may be made at the public hearing or mailed to the South Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging, 304 South Summit, Arkansas City, KS  67005For additional information call 1-800-362-0264Contact PersonJodi Abington,South Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging304 South SummitArkansas City, KS  670051-800-362-0264last_img