Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 6, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 02/06/2013


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Only part of the story

The 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion for any reason during a full-term pregnancy has claimed the lives of more than 55 million unborn children during those 40 years. It's anybody's guess if these tiny, innocent little children ended up in sewer systems or landfills.

I noticed that abortion was conveniently missing from services mentioned by Ms. Humphrey (Jan. 23 forum) offered at Planned Parenthood. According to their own reports, she failed to mention they performed 333,964 abortions in 2011. What Planned Parenthood says they offer as "services" is only part of the story.

"Women have a choice," we are told. "No woman should have to have a child." That is true. But once a woman becomes pregnant, she already has a child. A boy or girl. Abortion takes the lives of about 1.2 million of these children annually, leaving their mothers susceptible to emotional and physical risks — all under the banners of "choice" and "reproductive health care."

It kills one person, and maims the other — the mother's conscience, I have read. Each child is unique and a special blessing of love from God. They are not throwaways. Forty years of Roe is way too many.

Joe Lamie Sr.

Traverse City

Improve buffer areas

My first view from the Sleeping Bear Dunes of Lake Michigan and the miles of picturesque beaches was breathtaking and something I will never forget. This incredible vista is something I want my children's children to experience. This area must be safeguarded against the worst extreme weather events in the future.

I am disappointed that, in the wake of super storm Sandy's devastation, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to block the use of relief funds for potential land acquisition, a critical component to coastal recovery and restoration. Sandy's victims deserve to have all of the tools necessary for recovery at their disposal, but the House of Representatives prevented the federal government from using relief funds to acquire land that could help maintain and improve essential buffer areas.

Unfortunately, Dave Camp voted to remove this critical component to recovery. We now look to our Senators, Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, to support the role that land acquisition plays in disaster recovery and restoration — and to vote against similar legislation moving forward.

Emily Eiffert

Ann Arbor

The writer is Field Coordinator for Environment Michigan.

Arm everybody

The shooting in Newtown, Conn., was a failure of laws. The gun-free zone law failed to deter the shooter from bringing guns to the campus. The police failed to respond in a timely manner. The school board failed to take any sort of effective security precautions.

Now there's a bunch of chatter about "improving mental health care." Relying upon psychiatrists is just a set-up for more failure because psychiatry is too subjective to be called a science. The shrinks forfeited their credibility when they quit recognizing homosexuality as a mental disorder.

The only successful way to stop school shootings is to have armed teachers, clerical staff and custodians on the premises. That way, you won't have to worry about the 911 dispatcher getting the address wrong or failing to enter the call into the dispatch computer system.

Don't reinforce failure. Arm everybody.

Richard Gibbard

Rapid City