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Letters to the Editor 10/7

October 06, 2000

Letters to the Editor 10/7



More questions



To the editor:

Just a few thoughts provoked by the Gloria George column of Sept. 17, "We ask the questions you would." First, I am glad to know that there is "a very deliberate and clear separation" between her newsroom and the opinion department. That way she will only know about this letter the same way you do, when she reads it in the paper.

Next, the title given the George column is really not accurate. It ought to read "We ask the questions you liberals would." Seldom have I read a news report on an issue important to conservatives where questions conservatives would have asked were asked. As I have pointed out and illustrated in the past, conservative topics are approached adversarially and liberal topics sympathetically.

Also, notice the Clintonesque way George describes her work. About the need to get on board on some issue she says, "Getting on board is not something I do." It is not something she does only if it is a conservative issue that's being talked about. If it is a liberal issue, she is already on board.

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About her work in the newsroom she says, "As executive editor, I ride the fence" - wink, wink. She illustrates, using the stadium issue and repeats, "As executive editor, I don't care if a new stadium is built or not" - wink, wink. Please, tell me, when she is not the executive editor?

Is she trying to suggest that as executive editor she is somehow magically transformed into an objective, unbiased, dispassionate newsperson like Dan and Peter and Tom? Is she suggesting that when she goes home or out to hobnob with her liberal friends, only then she allows her inner self to be subjectively motivated but is able to put that aside at work and not be influenced by it? Please!

Back to the matter of asking the questions we would ask. I have been trying for years to get The Herald-Mail to get answers to questions I have submitted to them and have never had any of them answered. Let me try here again. Take the abortion issue, for example. On the topic of abortion we conservatives would like answers to these questions: Besides regular abortions, does the local abortion clinic do so-called partial-birth abortions? (You know, that procedure where the baby is delivered feet first, except for the head and then has a scissors pushed through the base of the skull and has his or her brains suctioned out, killing it? This is the procedure Patrick Daniel Moynihan called infanticide and Dr. C. Everett Koop said was never medically necessary. It's the procedure Al Gore wants to keep legal and George W. Bush promised to end).

If so, how many have they done here? How much do they charge? How much taxpayer money have they collected so far this year? What do they do with the baby body parts after the abortions?

Do they have anyone there to dissect the fetus/baby after delivery so that usable parts can be "sold" for research? In recent Senate hearings it was revealed that there is a market for baby body parts and Maryland clinics participate. The liver of a fetus at eight weeks goes for $150, spleens $75. The pancreas and thymus for $75-100, limbs (at least two) go for $100, a brain (eight weeks) $999 - a 30 percent discount if fragmented. Ears and eyes $50-75, lungs and heart block $150. The spinal column brings $150 and the spinal cord $325.

Do the folks at the local abortion clinic sell the parts of the fetuses they abort or do they just throw them away? And if they throw them away, where do they throw them? It's time to get on board with this and really ask the questions we would ask!

Edward L. James

Hancock

Leave, Alec



To the editor:

I am responding to an article you had in your paper on Sept. 18. Alec Baldwin was quoted as saying if the Republicans win he would move out of the country. Well sir, here's your hat, what's your hurry? In other words, why wait? What will your next political extortion be? To what length will you go to stamp your little leg and have your public, political temper tamtrum?

Baldwin certainly has the right to free speech. But this statement is bordering on the abuse of his public person. You might think that his statement might not have any affect on any rational voter, that it was made for the sake of his sense of righteousness. Unfortunately, he might affect voters who otherwise might look at not look at issues but at public figures who say they would go to such length to keep someone from office.

We were invovled in the political machinery in South Florida. A certain section of the population there was handed sample ballots, with the favored chosen on the ballots, and then driven to the polls. The people listed on the ballots won in those areas in overwhelming numbers.

It is frightening to think that Baldwin's statement might affect anyone at all. I think that everyone should vote Republican, and see if he carries out the threat. If he does, good riddance. He has certainly taken enough of our money at the theaters, and will laugh all the way to the bank.

Jeanne Malpas

Smithsburg

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