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Letters to the editor

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 12:01 am

Pro-life should apply to our endless wars

This is an open letter to everyone regardless of political stripe concerning just how sacrosanct we actually hold human life to be.

Kevin Leininger’s column (“Remembering his short but meaningful 2-hour life,” Nov. 13) made me wonder at what point do we stop believing in the sanctity of life. Obviously, the couple of which the article was about has taken it to the proverbial nth degree. They chose life for their pathetically deformed baby. They chose a vast array of known or perceived hardships in the name of his life. They did it because they believe that every life is precious.

Well, it seems to me that at some point the sanctity of life becomes irrelevant at least to some people, as if they ever held that belief in the first place.

When we allow our government to continue to send our now-grown babies off to potential death in endless wars that do nothing to improve our lives, ensure our safety or promote peace and liberty, that child’s life has now become worth less than it was in the womb.

Henry Kissinger once said, “Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.” That sums up how this veteran feels about his service. They chew us up and spit us out. Oh, but save that baby — we’re gonna need another naive fool or two eventually.

Where is the outcry in the travesty that is our current foreign policy from pro-lifers? Where is the indignation from those who advocate freedom of choice?

Morality is absolute. For us as citizens to condone — no, sanction — the actions of our government that we morally prohibit ourselves from doing is immorality at its worst.

Dan Headlee

Obama poked olive branch in GOP eye

The United States was founded as a republic, not a democracy. The founding fathers knew that all democracies fail when the people find they can vote themselves “food and circuses.”

In a democracy the majority rules (like the two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner).

In a republic, the individual’s unalienable rights are honored and protected whether they belong or do not to the majority.

President Obama offered an olive branch to the Republicans, but unfortunately he poked it into Speaker John Boehner’s eye. He feels that he gained the country’s approval and a mandate, and the minority should give in to his and the voters’ wishes.

This would be true if we were a democracy, but we are not. This goes against protecting minority views in the land (as we have done in the past for all minorities within the country).

Paul Reszel