Printed letters, Jan. 27, 2011

I would hope the recent news about the abortionist in Pennsylvania — he doesn’t deserve to be called a doctor — will reveal to all the horror of abortion.

How many other women died or were left traumatized by their experience in that horror chamber? To him, it was all about the money and nothing more. This is not an isolated case.

Planned Parenthood would want you to believe that they care for the women. That lie is exposed in the recently released book, “Unplanned,” by Abby Johnson, formerly a director of Planned Parenthood who witnessed an abortion she was asked to assist with.

We must insist our tax dollars do not go for abortion funding in the health care law.

Hair salons and tattoo businesses are more regulated than abortion clinics.

Is this the choice offered to women?

PATTI BROWN

Grand Junction

Children should be taught sportsmanship

After watching professional sports teams this past year, I believe they are setting a poor example for the younger generation of athletes.

The key word is “taunt.” When young, aspiring athletes watch their heroes on the big stage, it is natural to want to emulate them. Consequently, this is where the taunting is prevalent.

To taunt basically means “to reproach scornfully or sarcastically, mock” or “a scornful or jeering remark.” That defines unsportsmanlike conduct to the maximum.

Taunting (primarily in pro football) is commonplace, with the fist-pumping, finger pointing, trash talking, dancing, rolling eyes at officials, boasting after a game, showing disrespect to coaches. All of it violates the sportsmanship clause written by the Colorado High School Activities Association.

Parents and fans should keep in mind that coaches control the actions of the team, but they may or may not condone their players’ actions.

Fans can be worse because some have menacing mentalities and do not believe they have to adhere to any rules. Yes, they do.  They can be escorted out of a sporting event for unruly actions or bad behavior.

If one athlete or team beats another senseless — be it in football, baseball or wrestling — then stands over the helpless youth in a taunting fashion, it would be an abominable act.

Teach your children good, old-fashioned manners and they will carry over into all facets of life, even sports.

RAY COCA

Grand Junction

Challenger explosion devastated Denver crew

Jan. 20, 1986, is a day I certainly will never forget. I was working at Martin Marietta Aerospace in Denver — a company I worked for proudly for 31 years. On that day, the whole plant stopped working and gathered to watch the Challenger being launched. Much of our work was going up on that rocket, just as it had on others, starting in 1961 with John Glenn’s flight.

The launch went perfectly and we were all cheering loudly, but a minute later, something went terribly wrong and the Challenger blew up. You could have heard a pin drop in that room. It was like a member of our family had died. In a way, it had.

HARRY ROATCAP

Clifton

Congress members should relinquish health plans

I feel that if cutting costs and adding jobs for the unemployed were the true aim of those in Congress opposed to health care for everyone, they would start by dismantling their own very expensive — and expansive — health care. If these members would start with their own benefits and salaries, they would have more credibility with the public.

When every member of Congress cancels his or her Congresscare, returns salaries to the 2008 level and proves that balancing the budget is really their primary aim, this action would seem less hypocritical to me.

CAROLYN S. WILDER

Grand Junction



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