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Letters to the Editor

April 07, 1999

A loss for women

To the editor:

With the death of Justice Harry Blackmun, America has lost one of its greatest champions of women's rights.

For nearly 25 years on the high court, Justice Blackmun's eloquence and concern for the underdog shaped many rulings, but it will be his legacy as the author of the landmark Roe versus Wade case, recognizing the right of women to choose abortion, that has had the greatest positive impact on the lives and health of women.

For his insight, Justice Blackmun and his family suffered through death threats, drive by shootings at his home, and other forms of the domestic terrorism we see escalating today. Yet, he remained steadfast in his support for this landmark decision.

In 1996, Planned Parenthood Federation of America awarded Justice Blackmun the Margaret Sanger Award, Planned Parenthood's highest honor. The award was inscribed: "For outstanding lifelong contributions to protecting reproductive rights, on behalf of millions of women and men worldwide who have benefited from his courage and conviction."

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Life before Roe versus Wade meant death and serious injury to millions of women who sought back-alley abortions. Justice Blackmun recognized that reproductive rights was not only a necessary part of a woman's health and well-being, but that it offered control over her destiny. Planned Parenthood of Maryland is saddened by the loss of Justice Harry Blackmun.

Roberta Antoniotti

President and CEO

Planned Parenthood

Maryland

Wartime irony for Clinton

To the editor:

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed how ironic the current situation in Kosovo is for Bill Clinton? The man who has been responsible for totally dismantling the military for the last six years, now wants to use it whenever he wants to look presidential. Here is the man who didn't want to go to Vietnam because he didn't believe in the war, sending our pilots into a war that has been going on since the 1300s. When Ronald Reagan decided to supply arms to one side in a war in Nicaragua (which was over the spread of communism in our backyard), the liberals were screaming that we had no business being involved.

But now that their boy is in charge, they seem to have no problem sending our boys to fight a centuries old war. Clinton claims that we have a duty to protect these people, yet when the Chinese murder their own people, he gives them most favored trade status. If the whole Monica scandal weren't the big headline, most Americans would be screaming treason for what Clinton has done.

Bill Stryker

Hagerstown

Bring on 911

To the editor:

My blood pressure rises at the very thought of these people having the audacity to complain about their street names, the value of their home and the ridiculous waste of court time to hear about it.

I want the 911 addressing to be completed in a timely manner. I am not especially thrilled about my street name, but if the fire department can find me in less than five minutes I'll be thankful for that address.

The people spending my tax money to push this process through a court system have no idea how stupid the portrayal of their request appears. Many jokes have been repeated at the expense of West Virginians and this only proves the state is filled with backward, poorly educated opinions. The truth is we are smarter than we're given credit for.

The Paul Olivers and the Tom Groves of this state are probably transplants from Montgomery County, Md., or other points where they no longer desire to live. Maybe they didn't like the streets there either.

By the way, I work for a company that delivers goods to your homes. It is rather difficult to find a house sometimes when the directions are "the blue house with the white shutters past the big rock on the left." Think about it.

Dawn A. Dodson

Native West Virginian

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