Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
I appreciate the right given me by God and the First Amendment to express my opinion and this newspaper to do so in 350 words or less.
First of all, I do not believe in abortion. Some women and an activist court in 1973 say they have a right to choose. So be it. The “Jane” in that case has regretted it to this day.
I submit the baby has rights, too. Upon conception, the baby has separate DNA, blood type, gender, heartbeat, hair color and all things that make a human being. They should be allowed to live and be loved by someone. God loves them already.
A professor at UCLA medical school asked his students this question. Here is a family history: the father has syphilis, the mother has TB. They have already produced four children. The first is blind, the second has died, the third is deaf, the fourth has TB and now the mother is pregnant again. The parents are willing to have an abortion. Do you think they should? A majority say yes. “Congratulations,” said the professor. “You have just murdered Beethoven.”
I think the above speaks for itself. You might conclude that had Beethoven’s parents lived today he would very likely not have been born. The same could apply for thousands of other great men and women who, by living, have made our world a better place. The doctor of a very famous woman recommended she abort a child or risk dying herself. She chose to give birth to Tim Tebow.
God bless women for their gift to give life.
I want to thank the person who tore the anti-Obama sticker off my car last week. This theft prompted me to do something I had been thinking about for a long time. I purchased 24 more Obama “Idiot” bumper stickers to give away to the dozens of people who regularly stop to ask me where they can get one like it.
So not only did this person not achieve their goal of silencing my free speech – liberals only believe in free speech when you agree with them – but there will now be 23 additional Obama “Idiot” bumper stickers driving around, thanks to this person.
I would like to thank the employees at Glenwood Springs Amtrak for service that is far above any expectations I could have had.
During the last year I traveled to the East Coast twice and Los Angeles once. Because of medical problems at the time, I was unable to lift more than 10 pounds.
Byron Gardner brought my suitcases the block and a half to my home twice and even came to my home to pick up a suitcase for me. And Mr. Gardner, Sandi Brown and Dawn Robison all graciously helped me when I had to change my schedules after I had purchased tickets. They even helped me change reservations by phone when I was in Philadelphia.
At a time when politicians think it’s expedient to pick on government employees, I could not have received better service.
I write in response to Ross Talbott’s April 10th Out on a Limb column, in which he states, “Our society has sunk to a level where people are more passionate about protecting animals such as their dogs and cats.”
Mr. Talbott may claim that the pandemic of damaged families we see today is attributed to recent cultural shifts – the decline of religion and morality or the influence of crime-driven television. We have exhausted the debate over “why.” It is more important to reflect on what we do know. Consider that more American children currently live in a home with a companion animal than with a father.
CARE has the privilege of working with DU’s Institute for Human-Animal Connection and they teach us that early proper care of animals has been found to be supportive of healthy child social and emotional learning and a protective factor in healthy child development.
Conversely, cruelty to animals has been correlated with the development of anti-social attitudes and increased violent behavior. We know across the lifespan, the quality of people’s relationships with animals appears to be an important measure in the quality of life.
I say that our society has risen to a wonderful level where we value humane education and embrace the importance of our pets. As part of healthy growth and development, a child’s bond with animals teaches empathy and compassion. As well, a beloved pet can become an elderly person’s only family, friend and source of comfort and companionship.
The “killing of babies” in whatever way he chooses to define it exists on its own, and by reaching for a comparison to the passion people have for their companion animals leaves any judgment lost in an empty battle.
Mr. Talbott should be very careful to so quickly disregard the pet. Law enforcement agencies are even incorporating animal-related questions into their child abuse and domestic violence risk assessment protocols. Laws to protect animals are put in place for great reason.
The strength, responsibility and influence that emerges from a growing understanding of the human relationship with animals is certain to enable our society to develop into a positive and compassionate one.
There is an ongoing battle of words over the topic of abortion and Planned Parenthood.
Phrases repeated enough tend to lose meaning over time and become difficult to use in an articulated argument. Recently, I found myself in a heated debate over a bumper sticker that read “Pro-child, Pro-family, Pro-choice.” My initial comment that the words themselves were indefensible was immediately lost in an emotional argument of the back and forth debate of abortion.
Please allow me to explain. I will take no stance on the abortion argument. However, I would like to assist those who do chose to argue their cases one way or the other to rethink the way they frame their arguments in order to argue their cause based on its own merits and not by repeating meaningless, politically-charged words.
“Pro-child, Pro-family, Pro-choice.” These words sound positive and surely give the owner of the automobile a sense of pride on the stance they are taking. On the other hand, I have yet to meet a single person who would describe themselves as “anti-child.” Only around reunions have I ever met anyone self described as “anti-family,” and even that fades after a few weeks. “Anti-choice” is certainly arguable, as here in Carbondale we will all soon be stripped of our ability to choose to use plastic bags or not. Although I imagine none who voted for this would define themselves as “anti-choice.” But I digress.
Pro-this, anti-that, religious-right, progressive-fascists, etc. These words kill and polarize the conversation. Mention Hitler, you’re done.
Clarity will win the argument. There are dozens of issues, each as specific as the next. For example, rape and incest is horrific, as is casual use of abortion as birth control. Taxpayer funding for things the public abhors is as wrong with abortion as it is with bombing people halfway around the planet. Margaret Sanger was not a nice lady. Does that make Planned Parenthood racist? Inner-city cultures have a live-birth to abortion ratio of about 1:1. That’s a lot of abortions, it’s also a lot of unwanted children.
Argue specifics, not semantics.
Government officials often decay liberty by overstepping their legal authority by controlling, interfering with and complicating various freedoms.
For example, they claim that Congress has a duty to regulate commerce, but ignore the true and proper meaning of that word. When our Constitution was written, our founding fathers used the word “regulate” because it meant, and should continue to mean, “to make regular and free-flowing; to ensure lack of restriction; to protect from interference.”
However, because of how many have perverted the meaning and virtue of our founding documents, today the word “regulate” means: To control or restrict.
I believe that if we understood our founding documents more, we could keep our liberties and freedoms from being eroded and diminished so easily.
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