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It was so reassuring to learn from Joy White in her March 29 letter that “a mere 3 percent” of Planned Parenthood’s services involve abortion, and many of its other services help prevent abortions. Utilitarians are applauding: It sounds like a case of the greatest good for the greatest number, and as for what is done to the 3 percenters, well, it’s not a perfect world, is it?

I’m put in mind of Robert L. Yates of Spokane. You know the type: family man, skilled and decorated military reservist and pillar of the community … when he wasn’t out murdering prostitutes. He likely didn’t spend even 3 percent of his time trolling for, executing and disposing of these women, and the rest of the time he was a model citizen. So cut him some slack. Besides, his victims weren’t the sort whose lives were going to be worth living anyway, right?

Bad analogy? I’ll concede that abortion, being both legal and without malice, doesn’t rise to the definition of murder, but it sure looks, walks and quacks like it. In one respect it’s worse, since its victims are so utterly voiceless, defenseless and blameless.



And then there are the women, whom Ms. White considers “empowered.” Empowered by what or whom? To what end? To make a choice that they will question for the rest of their days? We all have that “power,” and it’s best exercised with fear and trembling.

When politicians speak of a “mere 3 percent” federal budget increase, they’re speaking of many billions of dollars. In whole numbers, Planned Parenthood’s “mere” 3 percent, on a national scale, amounts to hundreds of thousands of abortions.



As for the rest of Planned Parenthood’s mission? As Shakespeare’s Marc Antony noted, the evil men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones. Planned Parenthood needs to refrain from what it apparently regards as the necessary killing, refer the relevant clients to the Pregnancy Resource Center instead and work to leave a legacy it can truly be proud of.

Chad Klinger

Carbondale

Big oil is a useful designation to stir up wealth envy of a very important segment of the economic health of the nation, including employment. Consider which is bigger, big oil or big government. How does it all apply to President Obama’s proposal to stop what he deems to be a tax loophole or tax break for oil companies?

The price of gasoline is up at the pump. Obama accuses the companies of reaping huge profits. Obama won’t admit that profits go to stockholders and will be taxed again. When you consider the price of crude is way up, the company pays more for a product to deliver to market. The claim that there is an increase in profit does not compute.

If “big” is described by what the oil company makes at the pump compared to what big federal government and states siphon off, oil loses its “big” label to government. Confiscatory taxes win the big title over little oil. This letter will give readers credit for the ability to examine statistics that support or disprove this statement.

Big government reaps big benefit through taxation of a product produced with high risks. It is the risk-taking incentive that Obama wants to end. If successful, will other depreciation and tax incentives for large and small business be attacked? Very likely they will under the present regime.

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa

This letter is in response to Jan Walker’s letter of March 21 about the four-day school week. I think parents are getting too worried about a simple change.

Many people don’t realize that Garfield County Re-2 school district is not the only school district that is going to a four-day school week. There are several school districts in Colorado that are either already on a four-day week, or are moving to a four-day week. Prowers County Re-2 school district is making this change, and McClave has been on a four-day week for years.

In regards to the free breakfasts that Highland Elementary serves to students, the school would not be able to do it without the grant it received for that specific purpose. I obtained that information from a teacher at a transition meeting that was held for parents of incoming kindergartners.

I might add that the teacher who told us about this added that she has seen a difference in the students’ ability to focus on their school work after said free breakfasts.

Ms. Walker needs to make sure that her information is correct before she starts saying that the money used for this purpose could be used for other things. When a grant is given, they have to use it for the purpose that the grant is given.

In my opinion, the four-day school week is not so much a punishment for not passing the mill levy, as it is a plan to make the budget that they have work. I voted down the mill levy with everybody else, but I do support the four-day week because I believe that it can work.

I’ve seen it work, and when I experienced it, parents had the same concerns, but they made it work. I understand the concern for the working parents, but what do they do to work out vacations? I think that parents are making a mountain out of a molehill. Give the four-day week a chance. They might find that they like it better than the five-day week.

Sheila Alvey

Rifle

I just want to give a shout out to the person or persons who took it upon themselves to steal, or to be nice, take ownership of my trash can.

I had grown quite fond of that can over the past four years. As this person laughs in victory, I hope the smell of that can flows from every part of them and that they be blessed in every way possible that a thief can be blessed.

Oh, I forgot to say, it didn’t even have a lid.

Michael Colson

Glenwood Springs

I was saddened to hear of the loss of Steve Di Campo. He always treated me with generous kindness and a smile. He was a good man. I will miss him. My sympathies go out to Steve’s family and friends. All are in my thoughts.

Herb Bishop

Woodland Hills, Calif.

Editor’s note: Steve Di Campo of Glenwood Springs passed away on March 24, 2012.


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