Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 23, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 01/23/2013


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Set precedent for court

We ask Gov. Snyder to give serious consideration to the recommendation of the state's bipartisan commission on Michigan Supreme Court elections. Their recommendation is to establish a panel of respected lawyers and lay people to select a list of prospective nominees to the Supreme Court through a public vetting process.

This would establish a precedent for any future governors, some certainly to be Democrats, to make appointments in a non-partisan manner to this most important third branch of government. He campaigned on a promise of transparency and accountability in governing and this action would demonstrate his commitment to that pledge.

Kris Busk

East Jordan

The writer is chair of the Executive Committee, Charlevoix County Democratic Party.

Adoption an alternative

Forty years ago, Jan. 22, 1973, seven U.S. Supreme Court Justices found a right of privacy in our Constitution, which made void the right-to-life of unborn baby citizens. Under present law, they are no longer considered human beings; therefore, another human being may kill them without fear of punishment.

In our nation, unborn babies were protected under our laws for nearly 200 years. How can you be a human being for nearly 200 years and then one day you're not? When does human life begin? At conception, or only when you are born? Can we honestly say that we don't know when human life begins? Weren't we all unborn babies once?

I would like to see the right to life restored to unborn baby citizens. I hope that many will join me in seeing that it comes true.

Meantime, adoption is a terrific alternative to abortion. Why not have an estimated 1.3 million adoptions here, instead of the estimated 1.3 million abortions that are done every year in this country? The life of the mother and the child are both preserved when the choice is adoption rather than abortion.

Barbara S. Coger

Gaylord