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Letters to the editor, April 26

Published:   |   Updated: April 25, 2014 at 10:52 AM

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Marriage changing

Regarding Rich Lowry’s April 19 column, “The Left Enforcing the New Conformity,” the issue of gay marriage has become irrelevant in modern times. According to my college ethics teacher, marriage was a logical result of human biology.

The world has changed, and sex is now recreational instead of procreative. Culture has also changed, as females can hire child-rearing help and support themselves. Increasingly children are born out of wedlock. Today, most marriages are planned in bed. If these changes continue, most of the married people will be of the same sex, as they will be the only ones who want to be married.

The meaning of marriage is changing, so eventually only gays, the health services and the IRS will care.

John B. Mooney


Better course

High school students are usually steered toward college. However, there’s a more direct route they can take to prepare for a successful career: a trade school.

The Automotive Academy at Wesley Chapel High School is far more than an elective — it’s a specialized training program that prepares students to either go straight into the workforce or continue their education in the automotive field. The knowledge they gain through this program positions them to enter an industry that needs plenty of skilled workers.

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be more than 1.4 million jobs in the collision, automotive, diesel, motorcycle and marine industries. Today’s cars are just as smart as our phones. Recent developments in automotive technology — such as infrared headlights and parental control systems — call for math, science and engineering skills.

Even so, the “auto shop” stigma persists, and it’s time to change the perception. Take it from me. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Michigan State University and then from the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute — a division of Universal Technical Institute.

Having seen the benefits of both worlds, it’s a disservice to our young people if trade schools are not part of the post-graduation discussion.

Jeffrey Corliss

Wesley Chapel

The writer is lead automotive instructor at Wesley Chapel High School.

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