Sounding off: Don’t like abortion? Try funding birth control
Letter-writer John Ventre (“Liberals & abortion”) says politicians “don’t see the bigger picture” because they allow fetuses to be aborted while we are losing population. George Wandell (“Logical, truthful sex-ed lesson”) seems to feel similarly. But the really big picture is that this earth simply cannot sustain so many people.
I would challenge these men to show me any world problem that cannot ultimately be attributed to too many people, driving too many cars, heating ever bigger houses, burning more coal. Worse, we burn our candle at both ends by cutting more and more trees, nature’s greenhouse gas absorbers.
Climate change is not a Chinese hoax. Fake news, folks. If we don’t do something fast to control our population, nature will do it for us — by starvation, disease, and the inevitable wars over the remaining resources and land. Modern weapons are pretty scary, and would wipe us all out, fetuses and all.
It’s curious to me that so many pro-life people also object to birth control, the best agent against abortion. If these people were serious about wanting to reduce abortions, they would advocate government-funded birth control. That woman in the ghetto with 10 kids rarely wants another, but can’t afford the ongoing up-front costs of birth control, so she goes ahead with the next one, who will probably have 10 more kids. All on the public dole. Clearly, government-funded birth control is in the public interest.
Nobody likes abortions, but people, let’s be careful what we wish for.
Al Duerig, Salem
Grieving for our democracy
As we prepare to celebrate the founding of our nation, we are in the grip of a narcissistic president who has spent two years successfully violating Amendment 1 and the Emolument Clause of our Constitution. He has joined other populist leaders in the Philippines, Turkey, Egypt, Poland, Hungary and others as they have attacked representative democracies.
His rallies are reminiscent of Third Reich rallies in which he attacks his political opponents, Muslims, immigrants, the free press and anyone who utters a word against him.
I am grieving for our over-200-year experiment in democracy which has provided a life of freedom for so many people and for the other democratic nations which have thrived under our leadership. My hopes are for the freedom-loving citizens in the United States and the world democracies to expel these leaders and restore representative democracy for the betterment of all people.
Richard P. Davis, Saltlick
Celebrating UPMC-Highmark deal
The news about UPMC and Highmark reaching a 10-year agreement is historic (“UPMC, Highmark reach 10-year deal for patient coverage,”). The hundreds of people on Highmark have cause to celebrate. It was the grassroots people of Pennsylvania who banded together and wouldn’t give up as they fought and beat the giant.
Although there is a 10-year agreement, it doesn’t mean the fight is over. The time has come to let our legislators know that they need to make new sensible laws to protect our communities. I don’t want my children and grandchildren 10 years from now having to go through what I had to for their health care.
There should never be an organization that monopolizes and holds people hostage with their health care again.
For now, let’s celebrate, we deserve it. Then soon, we will roll up our sleeves and get started again.
Evie Bodick, Springdale
Trump is the president we need
Some dislike President Trump’s abrasive style and long for the days of Mitt Romney and the Bushes, when Republican candidates respectfully faced unfair and relentless attacks from Democrats without fighting back.
Over the past 60 years, Democrats have befuddled Republicans with aggressive tactics invented by Chicago activist Saul Alinsky in his book “Rules for Radicals,” where he defined aggressive confrontation and intimidation tactics to shut down conservative opposition or to force businesses to meet their outrageous demands.
Republican leaders have politely taken insults, lies and intimidation from rude and aggressive opponents and protesters without pushing back. As a result, the radical left, which is in the minority, has imposed on the rest of us outrageous regulations, taxes, unfair guilt and unwanted cultural changes.
The reason our borders are out of control, so much money is being spent on climate change, hordes of homeless are infesting our major cities, and historic statues are being torn down is because we the majority have cowardly caved to the brazen intimidators from the left.
Although Trump’s style is sometimes not pretty, his behavior effectively counters the hostile tactics of the radical left which have thwarted Republican leaders of the past.
Trump is indeed the man for our time, doing what needs done.
Dave Majernik, Plum
Trump is the disgrace
Donald Trump says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a evil and a disgrace. A true pot calling the kettle black.
Trump says he hates the word impeachment and calls it a “dirty, filthy word.” How does he think I, and many Americans, feel? We think Trump is the most evil, dirty, filthy individual to ever disgrace the Oval Office, the American presidency and our country.
Trump continues to insult the late Sen. John McCain, a true American hero and patriot, who fought in Vietnam and was a prison of war while Trump sat home with his silver spoon in his mouth and said he “was never a fan” of the war.
I will never refer to him as president. He is an insult to the presidency, our country, our Founding Fathers and the true heroes who fought and went through hell defending our country. I would never have voted for him, regardless of party affiliation. I never liked him before, and I didn’t like his TV show, which I sadly believe his presidency has been a continuation of. The only time I found him entertaining was when he shaved Vince McMahon’s head at a WrestleMania event, which is a persona he still portrays as our disgraceful president.
It’s far more than a matter of Democrat versus Republican to me. It’s a matter of common decency and dignity, which Trump never had or ever will have.
Edward A. Svitek, Brackenridge
Tragedy at our border
Recent media articles and commentary, either directly or by implication, project that inadequate child care or security at the southern border are the fault of the U.S. This is unfair and irresponsible reporting and opinion. No country or people in the world have shown more commitment and support to troubled people anywhere or of any age.
As a grandfather and father I have great sympathy for these tortured children. However, the media’s selective dramatic storytelling ignores the true story of the real villains.
First are the political manipulators who lead people into these conditions. Second are the Central American countries who ignore the needs of their own. Third is the Mexican government, failing to prevent it at its source. Fourth, and most important, are the parents who abandon their responsibility and put their children in harm’s way.
And finally, our own political establishment that weaponizes the tragedy by obstructing good-faith efforts to alleviate at least some of the problem.
Until all put people’s interests ahead of their own selfish interests, no problem, humanitarian or otherwise, can be resolved.
Louis F. D’Emilio, Penn Township, Westmoreland County
Thanks for FBI’s vigiliance
Many thanks to the FBI, which thwarted a terrorist attack on a North Side church (“Syrian refugee charged with plotting to bomb Pittsburgh church”). President Trump has disparaged the organization because of its scrutiny on his criminal activity, but its never-ending vigilance is appreciated by every decent American.
Joe Lucas, South Side