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Tue., June 10, 2014, 8:45 a.m.

Opinion: Adding the words is unlikely to aid in our destruction

I just finished listening to Judy Collins singing "Amazing Grace" from her 1970 "Whales and Nightingales" album, and I am always delighted at how crisp, clear and perfect her voice is. It's a song written by a former slave ship captain, John Newton, who at age 23 had some amazing experiences, then found religion and became a hymn writer. He was "blind but now I see."

It got me to thinking about this whole LGBT issue swirling around with a frenetic life all its own, and there are things I don't understand. I want to "see" and welcome intelligent help.

Newton and others campaigned for abolition and got it, some more-than-equal-to other black men voted from the 1770s and "possessed the franchise of (voters) on equal terms with other citizens."

Jan. 31, 1865: The 13th Amendment abolished slavery, and the world didn't stop on its axis.

Feb. 3, 1870: The 15th gave all black men (and every other male) the vote. No major cities were destroyed by bolts of lightning. Pretty peaceful for the next 20 years as we attended to other conflicts. More here.MIKE SCIALES Guest Opinion, Idaho Statesman 

Do you agree or disagree with Sciales' opinion that it's time to 'add the words'?


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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.