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Editor

It was odd that I came across your website. I was looking for information about my biological father who lives in Marcell. I am Pro-Choice and I believe that life begins at conception. I believe that abortion is killing a human being. I am probably in the minority. I am pro-choice in the broadest sense of the term. I don’t believe that the government should prevent me from doing anything as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. But abortion does hurt the fetus, but I think the health of the mother needs to be taken into account. I have a list things that the pro-life people don’t talk about: 

An embryo doesn’t always start growing in the womb. The baby doesn’t have enough room to come to full term and if is not removed the woman will die. 

Pregnancy cause changes in brain chemistry that can cause depression and possible suicide. 

Adoption is great, but look at who mostly adopts – upper middle class white families. What kind a baby do they want? A white, blond haired, blue eyed baby. Children of color and children with disabilities can spend their whole lives in foster care.

And from my own experience – A 21 year old gets pregnant and the guy she was with denies the he is the father and cuts off all contact. My mother had no idea how to raise a child and I don’t believe that a childhood of verbal and physical abuse was better then being aborted. I guess it depends on your own beliefs in an after life. Most of the pro-life believe that children are gifts from God. So is it so bad for those gifts to be returned to Heaven without having to experience any of the bad things in this world?

Laura Hise-Dropps


Editor:

I wanted to let you know as a buddhist I do not belive in a god as most buddhist dont. we do belive in reincarnation but this more of a scientific thought than any other.

As a teacher I have to listen to the pledge everyday and did so as a child. To this day it makes me feel as if I am not a part of this country. In 1953, the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization, lobbied to amend the Pledge in their effort to galvanize Americans against the country’s enemies.

The group urged Congress to add “under God” in order to make official what they believed to be essential for distinguishing genuine Americans from “godless communists.” President Eisenhower agreed and an argument was given in Congress that the “under God” addition “would serve to deny the atheistic and materialistic concepts of communism.”2 In 1954 our government accepted words that transformed the Pledge into a theocratic statement. this is my argument why the pledge should either be changed or not said in schools. There are many religions that do not worship goods as mine does not.

William H. Davis


Editor

I hope you will consider publishing this commentary.

Thanks,
Stephen Crockett
co-host, Democratic Talk Radio
http://www.DemocraticTalkRadio.com


A Constitutional Amendment to Ban Sweatshop Imports

While the Bush Republicans are pushing for a Constitutional Amendment designed to be an emotional, social wedge issue in the 2004 elections, the US Constitution is currently not giving the American people protection against a much bigger economic and defense threat. Our large corporations are undermining the national security of the United States by exporting our economic strength to other nations for their private financial gains.

We need a Constitutional debate on these seemingly legal forms of traitorous behavior by the economically powerful. The large corporations have close to complete control of the Bush Republican political machine. This political machine now controls the Senate, the House of Representatives, the federal courts, the White House and the overwhelming bulk of the American Media. Public policy is no longer serving the public good or looking after the interests of the average American citizen. Only the wealthy have a real voice in establishing public policy.

Our form of campaign financing has made almost all politicians dependent on the wealthy to fund television advertising based campaigns. The growing control of our political system can best be understood by looking at the Bush campaign in this election cycle. Bush has already raised 170 million dollars with many thousands paying the legal limits and many corporations bundling contributions by executives.

It is little wonder that Big Business has had a field day rewriting environmental policies, labor policies, energy policies, open bidding policies in federal contracts and access to legal remedies in our courts. Everything (from defense contracts to prescription drug programs to protecting various industries from lawsuits over misdeeds to tax policies) that could be redesigned to gain private wealth from changes in public policy has been done for the wealthiest under the Bush Republicans.

We are paying a huge price as a nation by giving the Corporate Bush Republicans complete control of our government. Our national strength is being exported. We are not just losing jobs to China, India, Mexico and other poor nations by the actions of these traitors in Corporate America. We are losing future tax revenues to fund defense programs and pay for other national security expenses. Our large corporations are increasing the ability of other nations to fund their weapons programs and build armies. Our large corporations are providing first class technology that will help other nations upgrade their military.

Our government is undermining child labor laws, anti-pollution regulations, anti-monopoly laws, fair trade practices, laws controlling the length of the work day, worker safety regulations and much more in America by permitting large corporations to move operations abroad where these legal constraints are do not exist. We need a Constitutional Amendment to prevent our corrupted political system from selling out the national good to wealthy international interests. No imports made under working conditions that are significantly below American standards should be permitted unless taxed by our government to equalize the playing field.


Editor

Usually I don’t pass this kind of thing on, but in this case I have to agree with it

Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe and tried to light it? Did you know his trial is over? Did you know he was sentenced? Did you see/hear any of the judge’s comments on TV/Radio? Didn’t think so. Liberal media at work again?

Everyone should hear what the judge had to say. U.S. vs Richard Reid Ruling by Judge William Young U.S. District Court Prior to sentencing, the Judge asked the defendant if he had anything to say.

His response: After admitting his guilt to the court for the record, Reid also admitted his “allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the religion of Allah,” defiantly stated “I think I ought not apologize for my actions,” and told the court “I am at war with your country.” Judge Young then delivered the statement quoted below, a stinging condemnation of Reid in particular and terrorists in general. January 30, 2003 United States vs. Reid. Judge Young: Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you.On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the United States Attorney General. On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison. On each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutive with the other.That’s 80 years. On count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years consecutive To the 80 years just imposed. The Court imposes upon you each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 for the aggregate fine of $2 million. The Court accepts the government’s recommendation with respect to restitution and orders restitution in the amount of $298.17 to Andre Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines. The Court imposes upon you the $800 special assessment. The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires it. But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need go no further. This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes.

It is a fair and just sentence. It is a righteous sentence. Let me explain this to you. We are not afraid of you or any of your terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid. We are Americans. We have been through the fire before. There is all too much war talk here. And I say that to everyone with the utmost respect. Here in this court, where we deal with individuals as individuals, and care for individuals as individuals. As human beings, we reach out for justice. You are not an enemy combatant.

You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that reference, to call you a soldier, gives you far too much stature. Whether it is the officers of government who do it or your attorney who does it, or that happens to be your view, you are a terrorist. And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not treaty with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists. We hunt them down one by one And bring them to justice. So war talk is way out of line in this court. You are a big fellow. But You are not that big. You’re no warrior. I know warriors. You are a Terrorist, a species of criminal guilty of multiple attempted murders. In a very real sense, State Trooper Santiago had it right when you first were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the press and where the TV crews were, and he said you’re no big deal. You’re no big deal. What your counsel, what your able counsel and what the equally able United States attorneys have grappled with and what I have as honestly as I know how tried to grapple with, is why you did something so horrific. What was it that led you here to this courtroom today?

I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask you to search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable hate led you to do what you are guilty and admit you are guilty of doing. And I have an answer for you. It may not satisfy you. But as I search this entire record, it comes as close to understanding as know.

It seems to me you hate the one thing that is most precious. You hate our freedom. Our individual freedom. Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose. Here, in this society, the very winds carry freedom. They carry it everywhere from sea to shining sea. It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom. So that everyone can see, truly see that justice is administered fairly, individually, and discretely.

It is for freedom’s sake that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your behalf and have filed appeals, will go on in their representation of you before other judges. We are about it. Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties. Make no mistake though. It is yet true that we will bare any burden; pay any price, to preserve our freedoms. Look around this courtroom. Mark it well. The world is not going to long remember what you or I say here. Day after tomorrow it will be forgotten.

But this, however, will long endure. Here in this courtroom and courtrooms all across America, the American people will gather to see that justice, individual justice, justice, not war, individual justice is in fact being done. The very President of the United States through his officers will have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which specific matters can be judged, and juries of citizens will gather to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to mold and shape and refine our sense of justice.

See that flag, Mr. Reid? That’s the flag of the United States of America. That flag will fly there long after this is all forgotten. That flag stands for freedom. You know it always will. Mr. Custody Officer. Stand him down. Unquote. So, how much of this Judge’s comments did we hear on our TV sets? 
We need more judges like Judge Young, but that’s another subject.

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