April 4's Letters to the Editor
I am responding to the inaccurate Letter to the Editor by Ms. Carver who really should have done more research prior her response to the “letter regarding the ‘Rush Limbaugh’ controversy.”
Ms. Fluke was not invited to testify because the democrats did not give Chairman Issa the required 72 hour time frame to investigate what Ms. Fluke would be speaking about. Darrell Issa’s Committee was looking into whether or not Obama had the “constitutional authority to demand and mandate that Catholic universities (or churches or schools) provide not just contraception, but other medication that facilitates abortions (i.e., the morning after pill) taking place or that causes them to happen?”
That was the original purpose of Congressman Issa’s hearing, and the committee had a witness lined up for the hearing whose name was Barry Lynn. I don’t know if he was the “male religious leader” the writer spoke of but he was to testify to Obama’s constitutional authority (or lack thereof) to the mandate. Late in the afternoon the democrats pulled Barry Lynn and said that they wanted Sandra Fluke to testify instead. Darrell Issa inquired as to what Ms. Fluke was going to testify about and wanted the required 72 hours to determine whether she was an appropriate witness for that particular hearing.
Apparently the democrats knew that investigation would not pass the investigative test, so Pelosi and other female Democrats stage a press conference (calling it congressional hearing). As for the controversy itself, I won’t wade too deeply into that, however, it still amazes me that an unmarried young woman, or any woman for that matter, would go to the United States Congress to discuss her need for contraception, tell them that she was unwilling to work to pay for it (because it would take her an entire summer to pay for 3-years worth), and then tell them that she wanted the American people (through higher insurance premiums) to pay for the contraceptives/morning after pills.
Keep in mind this young woman applied for and was accepted to a private Catholic law school of her choosing. Also, please keep in mind this congressional hearing was about to be about the constitutionality of Obama’s demand/mandate not about how expensive Ms. Fluke’s birth control pills are and how she would have to work an entire summer to pay for 3-years worth of them while going to law school.
Another point regarding Ms. Carver’s Letter to the Editor, it always has troubled me when I read, “I am a Christian myself but…“ You either are or you are not, there should be no “buts” about it. I listen to Rush Limbaugh every chance I get, he gives accurate facts and backs them up with documentation. If you are willing to research his statements you will realize this statement is also a fact. Rush Limbaugh was correct in his assessment in the Fluke matter; however, as he indicated several times, the terms he used were ‘in-artful’ and on the level of democrats like Bill Mahr.
For now, Obamacare is in the hands of the Supreme Court of the United States. Let us each pray to God that they remember their oath of office, read the Constitution, and follow it.
Cindy Fricke, Mount Gilead
Will we let the magic of our schools fade? Already core teachers have been cut; the music programs, decimated; clubs, organizations and field trips, wiped out; professional development, all but gone. Perhaps the bones of education remain but not the spirit.
Years ago the Ohio Supreme Court, mostly Republicans, ordered the legislature to make school funding more equitable. There were $17,000/per pupil spending discrepancies between rich and poor districts, and you can guess where Morrow County was. The Ohio legislature (mostly Republican) refused to honor the Supreme Court’s ruling three or four times. The inequities between rich and poor school districts continue to grow, robbing our wonderful kids of opportunities others take for granted.
Stimulus funds held off some cuts, but Governor Kasich’s budget axe is biting into the quick of our schools. Now he says he wants to use a proposed increase in gas and oil drilling severance taxes to give tax cuts instead of restoring funds to schools. That means money that belongs to the entire state will go predominantly for tax cuts for the wealthy, who do not need even more money.
Are we just providing cheap labor for the wealthy or do we believe in equal access and opportunity? Our kids deserve better. Let’s invest in them.
Jill Grubb, Bennington Township
To the Editor,
In response to the letters written in response to my letter regarding people in college spending several thousand dollars a year on birth control, I must admit that I did not take into consideration the many health benefits that birth control pills sometimes afford women with health issues, having nothing to do with the control of birth.
However the larger point of my letter was the fact that under Obamacare, the Religious precepts and beliefs of the organizations that administer certain hospitals and universities are not even considered and, therefore, it is my belief that by mandating that these religious affiliated entities adhere to the demands of the Government, despite their own religious beliefs, they are ignoring the Constitution and the Freedom of Religion; that it affords and is such an integral part of. The Government is not permitted to force the Citizenry of America to go against their own individual religious beliefs.
Regarding my reference to Pastor Neimoeller’s quotation, whether it is verbetum or not, the main idea, that if you do not care what the government does or does not do, in regards to others and their circumstances, simply because you do not share their beliefs or circumstances, is absolutely correct. If you allow the Government to run roughshod over others, and you do nothing, sooner or later, they will be running roughshod over you and no one will be there to help you.
Lastly, simply because I wrote my letter in response to all of the flack that arose, because of a comment by Rush Limbaugh, does not make me a Rush Limbaugh fan. If that were the case, every news hound on TV and Radio that brought up his remark would be considered Rush Limbaugh fans and that is certainly not the case. I know Wolfe Blitzer and Rachel Maddow are definitely not fans of his, but they mention him and his quote, in a derogatory way, every chance they get. For the record, I think Mr. Limbaugh is an arrogant butthead, despite the fact that most, and I repeat most, of what he says regarding the Left seems to be true.
Thank You, Darl A. Mills, Mt. Gilead
To the Editor,
I have asked before — where is the outrage? I don’t know how many people read these letters to the Editor. What I do know is that they don’t all show up at the Morrow County TEA Party meetings. There have to be more than the 30 to 40 Constitution-loving people in this county that are willing to take a stand to protect our freedom and liberty that our Founding Fathers, with GOD’s blessing, gave us.
The Progressive Movement entered our government a hundred years ago under Teddy Roosevelt. Since that time Progressivism has infiltrated our schools, universities, and the news media. Progressivism is no less than socialism and, ultimately, communism.
You tell me where in the world have socialism and/or communism been successful and good for their population. Now progressives have teamed up with the big unions, muslim extremists and the United Nations Agenda 21 to take down our way of life. Doesn’t this motivate you enough to tear yourself away from your “reality” TV and Starbucks? These are very real threats, not simply clichés. Our republic is under attack! We are about to lose this country and to have our Constitution shredded.
If we lose FREEDOM here, where in the world can anyone go to live free? You were born at this time and place for a purpose. Start now to make a difference.
“We the People” meet at the Morrow County TEA Party every third Monday at the Mount Gilead Library Annex at 7:00 pm. Come and become educated by knowledgeable speakers and informative films.
Nelson Hack, Mount Gilead
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One of the toughest challenges people face is getting to and from much-needed cancer treatments. They may be too sick to drive themselves, may not have a car or someone to drive them, or may not be able to afford gas or other transportation costs. The American Cancer Society provides patients with free rides to treatment centers, and that’s where you can help.
Your American Cancer Society is looking for people who can use their own vehicles to drive patients who are undergoing cancer treatment to and from their appointments. Interested volunteers can call Jennifer Knotts at 1.888.227.6446 ext 8057 or Candi Rotolo at ext. 3011 to find out more about this important program and how they can get involved. By giving a little of your time, you can help save lives while fulfilling your own.
We will be holding an informational/training session on April 24 from 2:30–4:30 at the Morrow County Helpline office. Please call if you are interested in becoming a volunteer for this life saving program and would like to register for the session.
Jennifer Knotts, Community Resource Navigator, Dublin, OH