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LETTERS: Wednesday

June 29, 2010

Weinstein’s daughter speaks

This letter is in response to Paul Baranek’s June 24 letter to the editor, titled “Who cares about Weinstein?’

We all find our footing in a world replete with a brilliant array of faiths, looking for guidance along the way, given (usually) by our parents. I was raised with the idea instilled in me that only a person with unstable and unsound beliefs tries to silence those with beliefs different from his or her own. Ironically, it is Paul R. Baranek who instilled this belief in me, the same man now wishing to silence Mikey Weinstein.

Technically speaking, Paul Baranek is my father, but it is more accurate to describe Mikey Weinstein as my father. It is not by blood but by heart and choice that makes Mikey my father. He is the one who believes in me, the one who protects me.

He is the one who defends me. He is the one who stands and speaks for me when no one will listen. He is the one who knows me. And he, Mikey Weinstein, is the one that I call father, that I call Dad. Paul Baranek is none of these things to me. He does not know or speak for me and has even less claim to know my father, Mikey.

But Mikey is much more than just my father. Every military member seeking help from Military Religious Freedom Foundation, whether they are Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, or Christian is treated the same way he treats his own children.

Mikey is the only person willing to protect our military members and stand up for them when no one else will listen, ensuring they have the same constitutional right of religious freedom guaranteed by our country’s forefathers, the same rights that he himself fought to protect during his service in the Air Force. He has been there to answer countless calls for help in the middle of the night and has even taken those he helps into his home.

So, silencing Mikey, as Paul wants, would also silence these thousands of military members he serves. It is nice to have a ‘support our troops’ sticker on your car, but my father has this motto etched onto his heart, and it shows in his actions every single day. He is the epitome of supporting our troops, and the epitome of a father supporting his children. He does so under the constant threat of personal and financial harm, and endures lambasting from lesser men than himself.

We know Paul Baranek and his ilk don’t care about Mikey Weinstein (or any Weinstein for that matter), but every American who supports our troops should damn well care about my dad Mikey, and his cause.

Amanda Lee Weinstein

Fairborn, OH


Words of guidance, support

While I have the pleasure of knowing Mikey Weinstein and his family, I have never met Mr. Baranek. Nonetheless, my heart goes out to him.

Life cannot be easy for a man who believes that he must choose his faith over his own daughter, simply because she married a Jew.

Although I am not a Christian, I am familiar enough with Christian doctrine to know that love is paramount, and that the Bible can offer guidance and support.

Mr. Baranek might consider reflecting on Proverbs 11:29: “He who troubles his own house shall inherit the wind.”

Barry Fagin

Colorado Springs


Enough on Weinstein

I, too, am sick of hearing about Mikey Weinstein.

I have to wonder about the 3 letters lately from not only out of city, but out of state saying what a great guy he is. Come on! Two are from relatives!

I think it just might be possible Mikey may have gotten these people to write in defense of him. Ya think?

The one in Texas definitely has facts wrong as it states Mikey’s future wife “married Mikey at the Air Force Academy when he was still a student.”

If this is true Mikey should have been kicked out of the Academy, because cadets are not allowed to be married.

Please stop the Mikey nonsense Gazette!

Diana Barlow

Colorado Springs

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