Entries by vminjesu

Letter to Attorney Mapes regarding Dieseltec Gay Hating Owner

Dear Attorney Mapes: This Email follows my reading your post about Dieseltec and the dust storm/firestorm the owner of Dieseltec has ignited. First, I doubt that Bryan Klawiter actually received death threats or the like. Even so, if he did, such threats likely came from straight folk. Or, if one chooses to be more pernicious, […]

Email to Ruth Marcus, WashPost

Dear Ms. Marcus, Good morning! Your column in last Sunday’s Washington Post caused me to pause and reflect. My family’s history is rooted in the lower Midwest: Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. My grandfather and great grandfather owned large tobacco farms along the Ohio River. My birth mother was born across the river in Warsaw, Kentucky. […]

The 47 US Senate Traitors

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Recent national events have left me nothing short of seething with anger and outrage. The treasonous ordeal acted out by House Speaker John Boehner and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu did not even rise to open censure of Boehner. That was a huge national disgrace and a direct slap in […]

The Tyranny of Religion

Recent events involving the Islamic State’s barbaric, subhuman beheadings and immolation of men and women compels me to look at faith and religion in general. ISIS, as it is known, regards as the “infidels” all who do not bow to the whim and will of Islam. As a boy, I grew up on a small […]

Thoughts on being gay

Now some forty years after coming out with my first partner, it challenges me at times to witness the degree of gay-hate that still exists in our country. Long ago I came to the conclusion that being gay or lesbian is as natural to the gay or lesbian as being straight is natural to the […]

Email to Seth Stephens, NYT, re Hate, 20 JUL 2014

Good morning. I just read your article on Storm Front, the hate group. Your article arrived in my Email, as I am a regular recipient of NYT commentaries. Hate is a powerful, dangerous emotion. As a man who “came out” 46 years ago as gay, I am somewhat familiar with hate. However, “coming out” in […]

Email to Dan Balz re low Voter Turnout, 27 JUL 2014

Dear Mr. Balz: The following is written in response to your column in today’s Sunday Washington Post, focusing on low voter turnout. I consider the crux of this problem to be the fact the larger population of the electorate has become dangerously disengaged because of a reaction, “Why should I vote? My vote won’t count […]

Reverend M. Vince Turner

Each of us is a composite of how we see ourselves and how others see us.  Over time we change.  Or, at least we should. Who am I?  I am all that I have been.  I am an eclectic collection of realist, dreamer, spiritualist, rationalist.  I see all people as equals.  Look down on no […]

Witnessing the rise of America’s underbelly

The character of a nation, or an empire, begins to erode severely when the unacceptable becomes the accepted.  When the barriers of propriety and formality, where anything goes becomes the rule rather than the exception, when dignity and common decency no longer are part of the soul of a nation that society begins to deteriorate […]

A Letter of Apology

To Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl: A Letter of Apology I do not know you.  You do not know me.  It is unlikely we will ever meet one another; or, have an opportunity to get to know one another.  In spite of that, I am compelled to share with you what follows. I was and continue to […]