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September 20, 2012

COLUMN: What do you think? (part 2)

— About: Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong, the famous astronaut, died on Aug. 25, 2012, at age 82. This man, along with his co-pilot Buzz Aldrin, is a real American hero. I, along with millions of people worldwide, watched the first moon landing. The quiet calmness of Armstrong’s voice, his spacecraft running out of fuel as he searched for a suitable landing area, was just amazing. This feat enabled the U.S. to win the race with Russia to put a man on the moon. The date was July 20, 1969. A little later, in his spacesuit, Neil climbed down from the landing craft, and as he stepped onto the surface of the moon he spoke those famous words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” I think a statue should be commissioned depicting that event because it is still man’s greatest exploration ever in manned spaced flight. We should all salute these three great men who fearlessly flew into the unknown and came home heroes to the entire world. What do you think?

About: Fairness Fort Worth

I saw the article titled “Fairness Fort Worth” by Marty Sabata in the Aug. 26 Star-Telegram. I thought what is this, so I read the piece. I learned that Fairness Fort Worth is an “advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of the community.” Perhaps you, like me, had no knowledge of this group. Attorney Jon Nelson has been elected president of the group. These people should not be mistreated or denied their civil rights, but I still condemn their way of life. What do you think?

About: Circumcision

The Associated Press article in the Star-Telegram of Aug. 27 says in the headline “Doctors tout benefit of circumcision.” At the end of the article, which was a discussion about why medical insurance should pay for circumcision, it says “the procedure costs between $200 and $600.” Wow! My four boys were all circumcised and the total cost was $40. The cost would and should be higher now, but I can understand why medical insurance companies do not pay for it. What do you think?

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