Mail From Colin Froeber

Colin is “passionate about theatre;” the first amendment, not so much. Roll Eyes

Published July 15, 2013, 11:30 PM
Letter: How dare Forum publish letter
By: Colin Froeber, New York, N.Y.
In response to Tom R. Kovach’s letter to The Forum (published July 7): Shame on The Forum. How dare you publish such vile, uninformed hate speech under the guise of “opinion”? Kovach’s ranting and raving is nothing but ignorant hysteria and has zero place in civilized public discourse. (Homosexuality as mental illness? Patently false. Not allowing people with mental illnesses to get married? Good luck with that.)

His “opinion” reads more like satire way too obvious for The Onion, or like something furiously pounded out into some nightmare online message board. Absolutely nothing is gained by giving him such a public soapbox.

Numerous studies have confirmed that LGBT youth are more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. Imagine that confused teenager who lies awake at night, agonizing over his burgeoning sexuality. Imagine him in the morning reading the newspaper and being faced with garbage like Kovach’s letter. Allowing that to happen is an unforgivable sin on the part of The Forum’s Editorial Board.

To that teenager, I offer this instead: I know you. Growing up in Fargo, I was you. I fully understand. Please know that you are right and people like Kovach are wrong. Do not pay him any attention. He isn’t worth a moment of your time or a fraction of your thoughts. He’s simply terrified at the realization that his way of thinking is beginning to place him squarely in the minority (and we all know how Kovach feels about minorities – no wonder he’s so angry!)

To say “it gets better” has become a cliché, but I can’t tell you how true it is. Choose to live your life with joy and love, and you will always be better off than those who are defined by their anger and hatred.

Froeber is a former Fargo resident.

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4 Responses to Mail From Colin Froeber

  1. Kristopher says:

    Freedom of speech is a privilege that Mr. Kovach has taken advantage of. Hate is not something that anyone should have the right to express (Disagreement and civilized dialogue is different than hate, mind you).

    So, I’m sure Colin is all about freedom of speech; I believe he is exercising that right by calling out expression that could hardly be labeled “speech.”

  2. noblindersome says:

    Simply by singling out Colin’s letter Kev himself shows that he ,more than most, does not respect the first admendment either.
    ‘Choose to live your life full of love and joy and you will be always be better off than those defined by their anger and hatred ‘. -Colin’s wonderful words !
    Check out the archive just to the right of our comments and you will find only anger and hatred put out by the author of this first admendment blog. The only love he displays is the love of hisself.
    Kev woulda mock Jesus for his preaching had he the chance!

  3. noblindersome says:

    This is about the third mock /ridicule article Kev has posted against gays in the last month. Check out June 15 . He took the side of another hateful ranter by smirking the ‘gay mafia ‘ would not take kindly to the hateful comments of a Mr Ebsen.
    I thought this blog was conservative /financial/ libertarian ? Why are you so obsessed with the private lives of peace loving individuals ?

  4. Avatar of Kevin Kevin says:

    How much of your standard of living are you willing to give up, Ron, in order to pay for all the new benefits that are being demanded by households who already enjoy the highest net worth?
    “Published July 19, 2013, 11:00 PM
    Letter: Now shift focus to North Dakota
    By: Lenny Tweeden, Fargo
    My partner and I applied for a marriage license on July 17 in Clay County. Our wedding will be at midnight on Aug. 1 at the Clay County Courthouse.

    During this time I will begin to do everything I can to overturn North Dakota’s law to ban same-sex marriage. Times have changed. Most young people don’t understand the problem with gays and lesbians. We are not in the closet anymore. We are part of your family; we are a friend or someone you work with. We are only moving forward on this.”

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