Jan. 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, with the death of more than 55 million babies in its wake. Seeing the harm this has done to families, not to mention the honor of a great nation such as ours, ordinary citizens have begun initiatives, choosing to celebrate life instead, beginning with life in the womb.
To celebrate their worldwide success that was the result of one hour of prayer, two citizen founders of 40 Days For Life (David Bereit, national director, and Shawn Carney, campaign director) will introduce a new book under that same name on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.
In the book, 40 stories document the results of prayer vigils all over the globe: 6,749 babies saved during their five-year history, 74 abortion workers leaving their jobs and 26 abortion centers closed for good; stories that bring despair transformed into hope and redemption.
This demonstrates an epic battle here in America, and will define who we are, as abortion is a foundational issue at its very core. The book can be purchased beginning Jan. 22 at Barnes and Noble and Amazon bookstores.
It is most disheartening to learn that our Western Slope congressman, Scott Tipton, has joined other Tea Party Republicans in voting against federal disaster relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Maybe his vote is just a sign of very partisan times, but it seems that congressmen of both political parties should be uniting together in helping the victims of natural disasters.
As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has noted, disaster relief has never been a partisan or parochial matter in the past. Our elected officials have always pulled together for the greater good.
What will happen in the future if, heaven forbid, Colorado is hit by even larger scale wildfires than we have already seen, or by flash floods, earthquakes, prolonged drought or other calamities? Will Congressman Tipton seek assistance to help Coloradans re-build their lives and dreams, or will he argue that it's too expensive, or that we need to cut other federal programs to pay for the disaster relief? His vote lacked compassion and foresight.
There are so many different addresses going up along Highway 133. Some of these addresses are hidden by brush, only posted on the mailbox in small letters, weathered from age, or have been knocked down.
With a uniform address along Highway 133, it would be a simple matter of getting where you need to go.
For the people who experience a fire or need an ambulance, this type of assistance would be a really good thing. I don't know if it's a county Issue or what.
We visit over in the Hotchkiss, Delta, Montrose area quite frequently and we see the red and white address signs very plainly on the highway. I know that our ambulance and fire engine crews are great at figuring out where people live, but I would think this proposal of having the addresses prominently displayed along the highway would be and could be a lifesaver if minutes count.
I would imagine that there would be a sigh of relief when the residents of houses hidden from Highway 133 had addresses that were very visible to fire and ambulance crews.
This is something to be thinking about and working for, to make everybody's life safer.