People should treat others with respect

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, March 03, 2006

Reading John Mielke's letter to the editor (Feb. 23) made me think about my friend, Sarah, who is happily married and living in North Carolina.

In particular, I was struck by the notion that her 3-year-old son, Otis, may be unaware that the woman who gave birth to him and showers him with affection is actually an "unnatural" and "immoral" human being masquerading as a loving mother. It is sad to think that Otis is growing up in a society where people hate his mothers, for reasons that probably won't make a lot of sense to him.

And, while Mr. Mielke's attitude toward gays is charitable (despite the fact that they are an abomination, we should do our best to refrain from "attacking, ridiculing, or embarrassing" them), I hope that Otis will grow up to respect people for what they contribute to society and not to disrespect them because of their sexual orientation, skin color or ethnicity.

I would also argue that Phil Zastrow's contention (Letters to the Editor, Feb. 23) that higher education is a waste of money because many jobs in Alaska do not require a college degree, partially misses the point. Universities do not only prepare students to enter the work force; they help to create thoughtful, open-minded and caring citizens.

And, Mr. Zastrow, hopefully it will make you feel better to know that the floors of my office at University of Alaska Southeast are covered with old carpet, not marble.

Eran Hood


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