Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Sept. 17

Rape commentary misrepresents Christian view of women

Lexington psychologist Steven Mangine's Sept. 3 commentary, "Akin's rape comment reflects GOP's political fundamentalism," reflects a distorted understanding of the issues underlying the debate about infanticide.

He has to strain to support his accusations by heading his contribution with a cherry-picked and reprehensible 900-year-old quote from a Catholic who otherwise is one of the greatest men in the history of science, a man whose work lay the foundation for the scientific method.

Even contemporary men of science can have rude and baseless opinions. I offer Mangine's opinions as a telling example.

Contrary to Mangine, the Catholic Church has been, for 2,000 years, the world's single-greatest force for the advancement of the status of women, especially in honoring the feminine principle in a balanced theology.

If the strange subtraction of the honoring of Mary from the theology of other Christian sects does arise from anti-female sentiment, then Mangine is guilty of firing wildly and assaulting the innocent one among the guilty crowd.

Such a "ready-fire-aim" assault must be consistent with his character since he also advocates executing innocent human beings, under the euphemistic guise of abortions. In the United States, about 60 million innocents have been murdered so far, well over half of them females.

In the guise of protecting women, Mangine advocates killing them before they can defend themselves, or even escape and hide from the slashing blades of those professionals who share his opinion that we can freely dispose of inconvenient people.

Charles R. Coughlin


Whose lies, deception?

Syndicated columnist Eugene Robinson should be ashamed of himself, purposely distorting Paul Ryan's comments and then calling Ryan a liar. If you're going to quote the fact checkers, look closely at the facts.

Ryan spoke the truth.

Robinson took the facts, went as far as he could with them, then jumped to conclusions and spun out into left field. Ryan did not say President Barack Obama was responsible for closing the Janesville plant; he said Obama said plants like it would stay open for a hundred years if he was elected.

To quote the headline, "Why undermine political debate with lies, deception?" Robinson has a right to disagree with Ryan; they have very different philosophies. He went beyond that when he called Ryan a liar and implied he was a racist because he objected to changes in welfare work requirements.

But that's what liberals do when they run out of arguments.

Carol Donnelly


Syndicated writer Eugene Robinson's Sept. 1 column, "Why undermine political debate with lies, deception?" decried the supposed absence of fact in U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's speech to the Republican National Convention. He cited the closing of the Janesville GM plant, Simpson-Bowles debt panel and the "you didn't build that" comment made by our president.

First, in February 2008, Sen. Barack Obama made his speech, ahead of the election. After the announcement that Janesville was closing, he doubled-down in October 2008, promising to retool plants like that one so they could build green cars.

A majority of the employees were laid off in December 2008. However, the plant rolled its last vehicle off in April 2009. That was several months after Obama took office, and as Ryan commented, Obama's empty promises still remain unfulfilled.

The Simpson-Bowles committee report was Obama's to take action on or not. The vote Ryan had was whether he supported the panel's recommendations. He didn't because they did not do enough to address the looming entitlement cliff we approach. The lack of action on the report is solely the president's responsibility.

I will not address Obama's "you didn't build that" speech, as YouTube video is readily available to get the entire text of the speech and original context. Lies and deception, indeed. Robinson should be ashamed of himself.

Sam Knapp