Till Death Do Us Part

Taking on a deeply personal topic, Ron Ciancutti’s January column titled “Wedding Vows” generated a large response – even by Ron’s standards.

Reprinted here is just a sampling of the mail we received in response. Interestingly, with the exception of one letter, the mail was entirely positive.


Mr. Ciancutti,

I would like to thank you for your beautiful, truthful and timely article titled “Wedding Vows. I Do, Forever.” I was surprised to see this topic in a parks and recreation magazine that I casually opened in my office today. I was even more surprised to see how simply but poignantly you covered a topic that most people try to ignore. Thank you again. I am overjoyed to see someone unafraid to write about truth.

Thank you,

Natalie Hellerstedt

Administrative Senior, PARD-Aquatics

Austin, Texas

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Hello, my name is Christine and I just received Parks & Rec Business magazine. I was flipping through it and your article caught my eye. I just had a child 4 months ago and am not married. I keep going back a forth about what I will lose and gain.

My fiancée and I have had some problems that have been caused by my decision of whether to get married or not. Reading your article was like looking into my life, you are right about how much as a society we have changed when it comes to commitment. I just wanted to say that your article was great and really has helped me realize what is going on and that I do want to have the “the little club” together as a family.

Thanks for writing that article. It was great.


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Hello Ron,

I just finished reading your article “Wedding Vows ‘I Do, Forever’” in the January issue of Parks & Rec Business and I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed it. I am not very good at words but you made a great point that we must sacrifice things to keep our vows. I really do believe that. And when you said your son had all of his grandparents at Grandparents Day and that he was bursting with pride that brought tears to my eyes. I have a baby boy and that is what I hope for his future.

Thanks for the article.

Julie Leslie

Senior Graphic Designer


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I would like to take this opportunity to compliment you on your article in the recent Parks & Rec Business magazine. I found what you wrote enlightening. As an Italian man, I strongly believe in family. To hear my grandparents talk about how it was ” back in the day” gives me a strong sense of honor and tradition. I only hope and pray I can be half of what they are. Thank you again for writing such a compelling article.

Sal J. Rovetto

Recreation Program Supervisor

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Thoroughly enjoyed your article on wedding vows. Many are the times I’ve ranted about the same thing. Thanks for doing such a nice job articulating my thoughts.

Carol Kirkland

Admin. Assistant

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Mr. Ciancutti,

I really enjoy and appreciate your articles in Parks & Rec Business magazine. It’s encouraging to hear someone stand up for wholesome, traditional values.

I hope you’ll keep writing. I look forward to next month’s article.

Thank you,

Brad Barnes, Assistant Director

Incline Village Parks and Recreation Department

Incline Village, Nevada

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