I agree with the spirit of George Gasper’s letter in the Jan 4 issue (Mail, “Tolerance and Love”), but one statement needs correction, “… to the burning alive of those suspected of being witches in Salem ...” No witches were ever burned in Salem. Hanged, yes. In one instance “pressed” to death in an attempt to elicit a confession. Burning of witches, however, was a European approach.

I’ve made somewhat of a study of the Salem activities because an ancestor of mine, Rebecca Nurse, was one of the “witches” executed during those times. One of her grandchildren later married a grandchild of the “hanging judge” Mather family, which just goes to show you that time can heal a lot of unlikely wounds.

Maybe one of the offspring of the anti-gay Miller tribe will one day marry a grandchild of one of the gay couples now fighting for their existence as a family, and their descendants will sit around the dining room table laughing about how things often turn out better than we have a right to expect.

Becky Thacker

Indianapolis

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