Pro-life? Support gun control legislation
Surprise, surprise another gun massacre in America producing its public outpouring of grief and mourning that fades away without any changes to the nation's gun laws until the next massacre, when it's all repeated with no change.
Guns are America's drug and we are hopelessly addicted. So we move from Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Aurora to Charleston, awaiting the next gun massacre as addicts move from fix to fix. Opponents to gun control cite the Second Amendment and claim proposed gun restrictions won't work. The Second Amendment gives Americans the right to gun ownership, not to unrestrained usage. Conservative opponents to gun laws should consider the Ten Commandments, God's law, which people still break. Should we discard the Commandments, saying they don't work? No, because we try to get better and improve; the same attitude should apply to gun laws.
Also, how can conservatives oppose abortion on the need to protect unborn life and ignore the born? That is utter hypocrisy of the worst kind. Every year 30,000 Americans are killed by guns, so if you are pro-life start supporting politicians who want gun legislation to stop the massacres of children in schools and people in church.
James F. Wisniewski
Support Planned Parenthood
I'm writing in response to the article, "Video reignites GOP battle over abortion," that appeared in the July 20 Herald-Leader. The fact is that 97 percent of Planned Parenthood's activities involve cancer screening, pregnancy prevention and counseling, and prevention and treatment of STDs. Only 3 percent has anything to do with abortion. The Republicans would have you believe otherwise, but these are the facts.
Second, the video was surreptitiously filmed by anti-abortion militants who represented themselves as working for a non-existent health research organization. And, of course, the video was selectively edited to portray the Planned Parenthood representative in the worse possible light. What she was saying was that Planned Parenthood does provide fetal tissue for bona fide medical research purposes, which is commendable, but that they have to charge enough to cover their costs.
I find this attempt to smear Planned Parenthood deeply offensive. My wife and I have supported Planned Parenthood since 1990 and our response to this hit job on a fine organization is going to be to increase our financial support. We strongly recommend that others in the community do likewise
Trump no hero, McCain is
I have heard more than one soldier, spouse, teacher, etc. say, "I am no hero, I was just doing my job." I don't think we call someone a hero just to make them feel good. Heroes are people who do something selfless for others, above and beyond that they wouldn't or couldn't do for themselves.
The only circumstance under which Donald Trump would, in my opinion, have the right to say that being a prisoner of war and surviving torture is not hero worthy is if he were himself a surviving prisoner of war. And, even then, he could only speak for himself. There are lots of heroes in the world, both personal and public, but it is hard for me to come up with many acts of heroism that trump enduring prison and torture for the sake of freedom of thought and speech.
Trump may not think him a hero but John McCain's heroic actions played a role, no matter how small, in Trump's freedom to say so.
Court's fantasy worker rights
Remember that world-famous photo of the student who stood bravely in the path of five tanks during the democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989? It became one of the iconic images of the 20th century. Just search the Internet for "tank man" and you'll find plenty of copies. What happened next? Few really know.
Today, that famous photo fits the U.S. Supreme Court's idea of worker rights. Imagine the student as a worker and the five tanks as an employer. Every time the high court pretends that the rights possessed by an individual worker are equivalent to the rights of an employer, they are reenacting that image.
Their acceptance of the Friedrich's case a few weeks ago indicates some of the justices want to play pretend again next year.
In the real world, we know that the power of an individual worker is not the equivalent of corporate power. This imbalance of power boils down to rights in name only. Some workers organize to prevent that from happening.
But the justices continue to live in a fantasy world where "right-to-work" means whatever an employer wants it to mean.
Fix the border
A few years ago, we suffered through the murder of a border patrolman linked to the Fast and Furious operation. Today, we suffer through the murder of Kate Steinle. An undocumented immigrant has been arrested and charged.
What does it take to secure the border? One word, willingness. There evidently is not the will to secure the border. It is apparent there is no courage to defend the border physically or in Washington. The president desires to cut the U.S. Army by 40,000. Put these 40,000 on the border. Secure the border, build the wall. Stop the nonsense. Debate, words, studies etc., do not offer solutions.
More importantly, what is the value of one life, one soul? What if the patrolman or Kate had been your son or daughter? We have lost our value system with regard to one human life, one human soul. Shame on us.
What are we becoming as a nation, if we no longer have courage, a willingness to stand? It is not rocket science. It is basic core values of life that we're tossing away. We are paying a price for our border folly. We will pay more. Fix it.
Again, the paper has erred in its ways by publishing such a repulsive cartoon that compares Christians to Muslims. How can a beheading execution over wearing a dress begin to compare with a disagreeing, lone county clerk who merely delays a marriage license issuance by the time it takes to get to the next county?
In publishing this cartoon, you have encouraged the persecution of Christians. I am amazed at the growing number of hate-filled people attacking anything Christian. Do they feel so threatened by people who are commanded to love their enemies? I fear your publication has contributed greatly to inflaming passions that are unjust and untrue. Force and fear imposed upon one group of people will successfully lead to the loss of truth for all. Is that what you are promoting?
Camille N. Haggard