Printed letters, April 15, 2010
I had several problems with Anne Weaver’s April 14 letter to the editor. While she is correct that political discourse in this country has gone downhill, it did not just happen with the election of President Obama.
The discourse and vitriol directed at President Bush during his eight years in office, including movies made about assassinating him, were as severe as anything since the vitriol directed at Abraham Lincoln. This does not excuse the current situation, but one wonders where Ms. Weaver was the last eight years.
Ms. Weaver is correct that change is frightening. I am not frightened by change for the good of the country, change that promotes freedom, change that restores our economy. I am frightened by any change that brings more power to the federal government, change that restricts freedom of choice in my life decisions, change that will ultimately bankrupt the country.
I also object to her broad brush of painting talk radio as radical and hateful. Her suggestion that we find more unbiased sources for our information is laughable. Ninety percent of the national news reporters on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and the rest of the mainstream media are biased toward the left. There are few sources for conservatives to have their voices heard, primarily Fox News and talk radio.
Finally, I must challenge her statement that this administration has respect for life. The brave men and women who continue to put their lives on the line for this country are volunteers. They knew when they signed up that the risk of conflict and death were part of the job description. Unfortunately, the unborn who will now be killed using federal government funds are not volunteers. They did not ask to be brushed aside, as an afterthought.
There is a deepening rift in this country. The cure will not come from matching vitriol with vitriol. But the cure will also not come from people like Ms. Weaver, who refuse to acknowledge the other side of the argument.
Concern given to Buddy should also go to unborn
I am thankful there are people in America and apparently thousands around the world who have found concern in their hearts for one of God’s four-legged creatures that went by the name of Buddy. My heart was encouraged to know there are even some generous business owners who would donate a memorial stone to help us remember this tragic event.
I find this entire saga to be an outrageous showing of inhumane disregard for any living creature. What a terrifying and lonely way to go. To be dragged to your death truly would be a frightening experience for any living being. I cannot fathom what Buddy must have been feeling in those final moments of his life.
What I do ponder is the lack of concern Americans have when it comes to the life of a human being. We have yet to hear a great wave of voices shouting out support toward the protection of those who cannot speak for themselves — those killed through abortion.
Why haven’t we set up millions upon millions of little memorials from coast to coast to help us remember our lost generations? Generations of babies that would have been doctors, lawyers, teachers and everyday people that could’ve raised their voices against the Steven Romero’s that are out there, determined to run their selfish course on innocent victims — a four-legged, helpless victim named Buddy and all the other victims who have no one to weep for them.
Top-notch care provided at St. Mary’s Hospital
I was recently hospitalized at St. Mary’s Hospital for a few days and I want to thank all of the people there. The services from the doctors, nurses, nurses’ aides, food servers, janitorial people and anyone I’ve missed were all top-notch.
These people serve our community well and deserve more recognition. I’m recovering nicely and thank them all, as well as my family doctor, for the expertise and care they have given me.
KIM J. CRANE
‘History Here and Now’ prompts enjoyment, trips
I enjoy reading every “History Here and Now,” written by Kathy Jordan. Every week I drive by the locations she writes about to see where the history took place. I’m looking forward to this Friday’s story. (Today’s “History Here and Now” can be found on 7B.)