Monday, February 05, 2018 1:00 am
We are such fools
We, as a country, as a government, are such fools.
I see plastered on the TV that our bridges and roads (infrastructure) rates only a D+ and requires $2 trillion over the next 10 years. At the same time, we cut taxes. At the same time, we continue to fight every other country's wars, depleting our ability to maintain our own military machine while our enemy, China, becomes stronger every day, financed by our country's purchases. We are such fools.
We are $20 trillion in debt. Yet we send huge amounts of cash in foreign aid to other countries such as Iran, a sworn enemy, by the pallet load. We are such fools.
Meanwhile, the citizens of this country sit by and do nothing to force a real change on the part of our government. Oh, sure, some of us voted in a new president thinking that real change will take place. But, it takes more than one man. We are such fools.
Concern for children animates marchers
The March for Life on Jan. 27 deserved the photo on the front page of the first section of the Sunday edition.
Wall-to-wall people including children marched from the University of Saint Francis to the Federal Court Building in less- than-pleasant weather. More information was given in “Thousands on the march” on the front page of the Metro section. Yes, more and more people are concerned for the termination of the lives of the unborn.
The headline on the Opinion essay “A healthy dose of intervention” by Dr. Lora Overton, a Fort Wayne obstetrician-gynecologist, in the same edition provides an answer to abortion. Just as she favors reducing infant mortality, so we all should work to reduce the infant mortality for children killed in the womb before birth.
Dr. Overton lists genetics as the first cause of infant death. We can address these issues with advanced research, hoping that progress will be made in the not-so-distant future.
Some deaths of those born before 37 weeks of completed pregnancy can be prevented by providing counseling and medical care to the expecting mothers. This is what Right to Life is advocating.
Dr. Overton could have mentioned that abortion kills more children than any other cause. The president of Planned Parenthood in Indiana and Kentucky takes credit for reducing the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions. What this means is that a child of parents who did not intend to conceive has no right to live.
She might have mentioned that our federal government subsidizes the abortion industry by annually giving Planned Parenthood $500 million of our tax dollars. With that kind of support, it almost functions as a government agency. Following up on Dr. Overton's essay, that money would be far better spent in helping mothers bring their unborn children to full term.
David P. Scaer
Tax break an insult
A $1,000 lump-sum bonus, or a per-hour raise adding $1,000 or $2,000 to your annual income is a joke. Why are the media and a lot of people thinking this is so great? If you're living on $8 or $10 an hour, this piddly amount of income might cover a few small bills, but then it's back to your minimum wage for the rest of the year. There's really not that much difference between $20,000 and $21,000 for an annual income.