Readers write, April 15

SEQUESTRATION

Canceling Blue Angels

another ‘bold’ decision

I recently read in the AJC that the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demo team must cancel much of their schedule because of the mighty, odious “sequester” (“Budget cuts clip Angels’ wings,” News, April 10).

Even as a former naval aviator, I am so pleased that my federal government makes tough, pragmatic decisions such as this — yet again. Where do we get such bold leadership?

E. MARTIN, PEACHTREE CITY

BASEBALL

Turner Field outing

doesn’t disappoint fan

My family and I just returned from a weekend trip to Atlanta. I have been a Braves fan virtually my entire life and have wanted to see a game at Turner Field for years. This year, I decided to go for it, and come down for the opening weekend.

I must say that my family and I had a great time. It was by far one of the best experiences of my life. My only regret is that we didn’t stay longer and, therefore, didn’t get to do or see all the area has to offer.

Atlanta is a beautiful city, and I plan on making this an annual trip. Thanks for making my dream trip one to remember.

Go, Braves!

MARK KOLAR, BOZEMAN, MT

DRINKING

Reduce alcohol abuse,

imbibe in moderation

April marks Alcohol Awareness Month. Sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), the goal of this observance is to reduce alcohol abuse and encourage adults who choose to drink, to do so responsibly.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, most adults who drink alcohol do so in moderation and are at low risk for developing problems related to their drinking. The key is moderation.

The U.S. Dietary Guidelines define moderate drinking as up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.

Take some time to reflect on your own alcohol consumption to ensure it falls within moderate drinking guidelines. Physicians can also provide guidance on questions related to alcohol and health, and can help you weigh the potential benefits and risks of alcohol consumption based on your family background, medical history and personal drinking decisions.

For more information, visit www.drinkinmoderation.org.

DR. ELENI TOUSIMIS, PRESIDENT, AMERICAN MEDICAL WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION

GAY MARRIAGE

Same-sex couples don’t

merit marital rewards

Arguing for same-sex marriage on the basis of equal rights is absurd. With limited qualifications, such as age and kinship, everyone has an equal right to marry a person of the opposite sex.

And, everyone is by law — and customs thousands of years old — equally prohibited from marrying someone of the same sex. This is actually an impossibility, since no two of the same sex can be husband and wife, the essence of marriage — nor can they become mother and father, the primary purpose for which two sexes were created.

If two of the same sex choose to live together as mates, we should respect their right to do so, but without those rewards intended to promote and protect heterosexual family life, and to perpetuate the species.

JOHN STANFIELD, PEACHTREE CITY