Letters - Saturday 9-8-12

  • Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012 7:55 p.m.

Life is precious from the beginning

A dear friend of mine is asking for prayer. Her precious grandson Bradley came into the world prematurely at 26 weeks, weighing 1 lb 14 oz. I learned that the survival rate at 26 weeks is approximately 80 percent, with a good chance of no lasting premature effects.


According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, in a study of 1,000 very premature births, among babies born at 24 weeks, 67 percent survived.

Right now 37 states allow abortion at 24 weeks gestation. The death toll of unborn babies tops 55 million and is climbing. President Obama voted against a law that would mandate life-saving measures for infants that survive abortion. To many, this is totally acceptable because we are, after all, “evolving.”

I’ve seen grown women wearing T-shirts stating, “Pets are just little people with fur.” Ironically, some (not all) of these women are the very ones who would fight to the death (pun intended) for abortion rights. In reality, it’s not our pets, it’s all of the aborted babies that are little people.

Please pray for Bradley who is courageously fighting to live, and please pray for the millions of little people who were never even given a chance to live. They were human beings, not trash to be disposed of.

— Elizabeth Landry
Salisbury
Jobs & the Big Three

I read Wednesday’s letters with interest. Ms. Stickler was right; the textile and furniture workers made decent livings, working their way up to the middle class. Unfortunately, Americans wanted cheaper products, and managers (and investors) wanted cheaper labor. Enter the outsourcers, sending those middle-income jobs to Latin America and Asia, not likely to return. This has been a structural change in our economy, one which will take years to adjust fully to. Hence, unemployment at 8 percent.

On another note, Mr. Roberts, a professed academic, expects us to accept his word that “research has shown,” etc. He seems to have forgotten about sourcing and footnotes. For his information, Warren Buffett, a multibillionaire Democrat, has pledged to leave almost all of his $41 billion-plus fortune to charity. He just gave $1 billion to help children (Forbes website). Remember Christ’s parable about the woman who gave from her need? By the way, who is Barry Soetoro? Is this another of those Tea Party rumors about President Obama? Again, try checking your facts.

Finally, Steve Pender and GM. Clearly Mr. Pender is more concerned about his investor friends and their financial losses than about the hundreds of thousands workers who invested 20, 30 or more years of their lives in GM, Chrysler and Ford. After all, they’re disposable, but financial investments are important. Of course, that doesn’t include the millions of Americans who depended on the automobile industry. To quote Marie Antoinette, “Let them eat cake!”

The reality is that no one with money would have stepped in to save any of the Big Three, only the American taxpayer. In return, we have a recovering American automobile industry in which we, the taxpayers have a financial share. Was this a perfect solution? No. But it was the best available. If GM and Chrysler had failed, Ford would have gone down as well, leaving us at the tender mercies of the Japanese and Koreans. Is that what you wanted, Mr. Pender?

— Jack Burke
Salisbury
Editor’s note: Lolo Soetoro was the Indonesian stepfather of Barack Obama.

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