January 23rd Letters to the Editor
Last Sunday, widely referred to as Sanctity of Life Sunday, marked the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the infamous Supreme Court decision on January 22, 1973, to legalize abortion. While much has been done by some states to institute sane restraints on abortion such as mandating education about the pre-born, waiting periods, parental and spousal consents, and making adoption easier, federal law still permits any woman to have an abortion for any reason right up until full term!
Recent medical scientific advancements confirm what most of us already knew in our hearts and what the Scriptures confirm: the fertilized egg is genetically and fully human. The fetus has a beating heart, emotions, and feels pain.
Our culture gives lip service to the specialness of each child, yet utterly disregards the life of the pre-born. The mother-to-be is granted a legal permission to terminate the life of her own baby before she exits the womb, even (often) for the sake of convenience.
Those who vigorously defend so-called “abortion rights” paint worst-case scenarios, such as rape and incest, as justification for legal abortion. But the abortion mills such as Planned Parenthood regularly perform abortions on underage girls who are clearly the victim of such abuse, never seeking to press charges against the perpetrators and the perverts, the abusive males. Such hypocrisy from women who claim to want to empower other women!
Yet, imagine if abortion was suddenly illegal. Would the pro-life community celebrate a tremendous victory? Hopefully we are not that short-sighted. Those who defend the “right to life,” having faith that their prayers and tireless efforts spanning 40 years will bear fruit, should admit the following:
To criminalize abortion will do nothing to transform the promiscuous culture. It will do nothing to impart dignity to the female who begs for worth and affection. It will not guarantee an open door and a loving embrace for each throw-away child. It won’t provide real help to the impoverished, who already have too many mouths to feed.
We can’t expect public educators to restore self-worth to this confused populace, since they are not equipped to teach creationism, only evolution to our boys and girls.
If we are any closer to erasing the scourge of Roe vs. Wade, it is not apparent. It seems daunting to consider the setbacks. Yet, upholding the sanctity of life takes in so much more. As pro-life people we must determine to live with justice and show mercy, the end being nothing less than cultural transformation. This may indeed require us to “…pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor” exhibiting the same courage as the founders.
The promise remains: If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land! (2 Chronicles 7:14) (NKJV)
William Seymor, Galion
I want to thank Mr. Taylor for letting us know there are people that voted for Obama to insure their right to pay more in taxes so they can have less take home pay. More taxes to pay for all that free heath care. It should also be noted that the government health care plan has the right to determine what treatment you will or will not receive and every year and you get to pay more and more in taxes for it. Pay more get less.
Obama is a finance genius he is telling us we don’t have a spending problem but he needs to raise the debt limit. I guess when you borrow more money so you can spend more that’s not a spending problem. You have to be a genius to figure that one out.
Thomas Jefferson said, “The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the constitution.” Obama has ignored the constitution from the time he took the oath for the office he holds. Congress goes not agree with him he just signs an executive order. He will not be happy until there is a one-world government and he is the one ruling over it. If Mr. Obama were in the military he would have been put on trial by now for treason because he took the oath to protect the constitution and done nothing but try and destroy it. Also sending aid to governments who hates us and want to destroy us, like Egypt to support the Muslin Brotherhood, is an act of treason
Mr. Taylor ended his letter by saying the Tea Party should be working with the Democrats there is one major problem with that idea. The Tea Party is fighting to save our freedoms while the Democrats are fighting to destroy our freedoms, to enslave us all on the government plantation. Obama’s way of taking guns away from legal gun owners by executive order, which he was more than happy to do again, is one way. During the Virginia’s convention to ratify the constitution in 1788 George Mason the co-author of the second amendment said, “To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
Duane Rasey, Mount Gilead
Our hearts go out to the family of Catharine “Kay” Stout who recently passed away. Kay was an integral part in founding of Concerned Citizens Against Violence Against Women, Inc., the committee that launched Turning Point. Marion and its surrounding counties are in debt to her for bringing the cause to light. Kay received the Susan B. Anthony Award for her vision and also the National Organization of Women (NOW) Woman of the Year Award for her work in establishing our local shelter. We at Turning Point appreciate her tireless efforts in the fight against violence against women and hope we make her proud in continuing to work for ending violence that plagues so many homes in America.
We unfortunately see that the fight is long and hard. The recent headlines have been that of the murder of Amy Aldrich who was a victim of domestic violence. This loss has deeply affected my staff and the community; it’s difficult to read the testimony of her family members and friends describe what happened that day. There are reports of domestic violence in our area daily and they have the potential for lethal consequences. For fiscal year 2012, we served 974 men, women, and children in our six county service area and those are the brave ones who chose to seek help. Amy’s death should be indicative that we have a large problem on our hands.
Despite the efforts of Kay Stout and others , our Congress has allowed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to expire and appears to set the example that violence against women is not an important agenda for the American people. It is our hope that 2013 brings them together and reinstates VAWA for the safety and health of our nation.
Since our inception, we have always put client needs first and we still abide by that same motto. We are with clients in court, assisting them with civil protection orders. We are in the local schools, teaching children about healthy dating relationships. We are always on the other end of the phone, day or night.
Turning Point is a non-profit agency. Funding comes for a variety of sources including the United Way and the Delaware/Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. Turning Point offers a 24-hour hotline for victims of domestic violence. If you or someone you know needs help or if you would like more information, please call (800) 232‑6505 or (740) 382‑8988. Turning Point can also be found online at www.turningpoint6.org.
Paula Roller, Executive Director, Turning Point
Dear Sir or Madam:
If someone were going down a road, and there were all kinds of signs, saying “SLOW DOWN, CLIFF AHEAD” or “WATCH OUT, THERE IS A BRIDGE OUT AHEAD”, one would have to be really stupid to keep going at a breakneck speed, not paying attention to the signs, but that is exactly how I see Mr. Obama and his lemming-like followers who support him and his policies. There are all kinds of signs as to what his agenda is for America.
He used his Presidential powers to do an end run around the First Amendment’s Freedom of Religion, by making the insurance companies responsible for furnishing birth control for entities who objected, because of their Religious Beliefs,
Then he threatens the middle class that if Congress doesn’t go along with raising taxes on the rich, everyone will have to pay more, which Congress finally did, only to realize that the Fiscal Cliff had nothing to do with preventing payroll deductions from rising and the middle class again bit the bullet.
Then Vice President Biden hints that if Congress doesn’t follow Mr. Obama’s call to raise the debt ceiling, the President should again use his Presidential Powers to bypass Congress and raise the debt ceiling himself, along with enacting other measures that would void our Second Amendment right to bear arms. Speaking of which, if the mother in Georgia who was defending her home hadn’t had a gun and knew how to use it, her husband would have been attending her and their children’s funerals, period.
One of his minions, Governor Quomo, has suggested the radical idea of Confiscation of Weapons and N.Y. Senator Schumer suggested having a background check for buying ammunition. Both of these ideas are ludicrous and asinine and are only fueling people’s fear that you can’t trust the Government and that is why there is such a rush to buy any kind of weapon and all of the ammunition they can get.
All of the rhetoric put out by the Left about gun violence, instead of curbing gun sales, has only caused them to go through the ceiling.
All of these are signs that America is becoming an America unlike anything our founders had intended, and we should change course as soon as possible.
Mr. Obama is so arrogant and, instead of being grateful that he has been reelected by so many blind sheep and has been given another chance to perhaps improve his until now stained legacy by trying to compromise with the Congress in General and the Republicans, in particular, has only emboldened him to the point that he believes himself to be some kind of Imperial Leader, whose way is the only way and he would be perfectly happy if the entire Constitution were done away with.
God Bless America! Darl Mills, Mt. Gilead
To the Editor,
Recently a headline read “Congress must act soon on guns, Obama says”. Mr. Obama also said, “and a majority of the American people agree with me. “(do they really?). These statements were prompted by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children were killed. The President has redoubled his push to reduce gun violence, pressuring Congress to “act soon to protect our children.” Is it for saving children that our government should pass gun laws? In the last year alone our government has sanctioned the killing of over one million babies (children) in the womb, a violation of one of our basic rights — the right to life from conception to natural death (as stated in The Declaration of Independence “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”). Or is it as Rahm Emanuel said “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste”? Think about it. Is it every time there is a notable shooting stated repeatedly in the news that the progressives in the government want to take away or control guns?
Mr. Obama said “Like most Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms,” “but I also believe most gun owners agree that we can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible, law-breaking few from causing harm on a massive scale.” He added, “it’s time for Congress to require a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun”. In addition, his last point was that there should be a ban on assault weapons.
Do you believe a criminal or someone with mental problems is going to a gun store to buy his weapons? What is an assault weapon? An axe, a baseball bat, a knife, a hammer or most anything else someone would find handy. If any gun is not an assault weapon then it is not a very good gun.
Our Second Amendment guarantees an individual’s right to bear arms. This right was not a guarantee by the founders for the people to go hunting. The Second Amendment guarantees that “WE the People” can defend ourselves from a tyrannical government against which they had just won a war.
Nelson Hack, Mount Gilead