News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Letters

January 1, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Jan. 1, 2013

Distorted view of biz success

Let us briefly address the distortions in the letter from Micah Clark, American Family Association of Indiana published Dec. 27, 2012. Mr. Clark makes the assumption that states with no same-sex marriage are better than other states for businesses because they (1) have higher per capita personal income growth; (2) rank higher for possible business and job growth; and (3) are business friendly. He does not even consider that perhaps these states are simply in better financial and economic condition than others in the first place. After all, it is much easier to blame those who want equal protection for corporate failure than it is to place blame where it truly belongs.

His second paragraph seems to be true, insofar as it goes. He writes about how marriage has a number of business benefits. Marriage means stronger employment status, increases in productivity, less poverty among women. This is true, but Mr. Clark makes no distinction between marriage and same-sex marriage. One can only assume that marriage, in and of itself, is beneficial to businesses and individuals.

As an aside, there are many kinds of families. A mom, no dad, three children and no child support; dad with a job and a son who has to spend extra time at daycare so dad can work to make enough to support his boy; grandma, retired grandpa, daughter and her children living with them on their Social Security income and lifelong savings. Do not pretend to tell me, Mr. Clark, that a “family” is only a working dad, mom and 2.2 children. Family stability has everything to do with responsibility, NOT gender.

The truth is there are many reasons why businesses fail, Mr. Clark. A product that doesn’t sell, mismanagement and corporate greed come immediately to mind. A business will be run the way the owners want and as laws dictate whether or not employees are straight or gay, married or not. Some states simply do not have an appropriate site for development for some businesses. There are many reputable reports that states with same-sex marriage have seen an enormous boost to their economies. So, Mr. Clark, I read your letter as nothing more than a blatant attempt to scare the public into believing our business community is going to tank because of same-sex marriage. It just is not true.

— Ann Carlisle

Terre Haute

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Mother of 2 Makes NFL Cheerleading Squad at 40 Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Airstrike Shatters Fragile Calm in Gaza Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. Judge OKs Record-setting $2B Sale of Clipper 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Suspect Dead, Marshals and Cop Wounded in NYC The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Raw: Sirens After Explosions in Israel
NDN Video
NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now!
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity