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Letters to the Editor

August 05, 2010

Our choice should always be pro-kids



To the editor:

On Monday, July 26, I was driving my two daughters (ages 3 and 5) to the Washington County Free Library (WCFL) to deliver a "thank you" card to my 3-year-old's story-time teacher. As I steered my car left off of Pennsylvania Avenue onto Washington Avenue, my daughters and I were received by a parade of pro-life supporters holding adult-size photographs of aborted fetuses.

I felt ambushed, hurt, disgusted, sad and angry. My emotions stemmed not from the supporters expressing their beliefs, but from the gruesome manner in which they chose to express their beliefs. Although I believe their intentions were to educate, their actions were thoughtless, if not reckless.

On numerous occasions I have passed by the pro-life supporters on Washington Street and I have respected both their point of view and their freedom to express it. So, I was taken aback by their overtly macabre protesting tactics that subjected my daughters and countless other children to such horrific images along Washington Street. This is a major roadway within the city of Hagers-town that provides access to City Park, The Discovery Station at Hagerstown children's museum and the WCFL; venues that many parents visit with their children during summer break.

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I am also afraid that the women the pro-life supporters were trying to shock were not the women who were being affected by this extreme protesting. Indirectly, their actions were hurting those of us women who are pro-kids: the moms, grandmothers, teachers and counselors who continue to strive everyday to love and help protect the children in our homes and communities.

As a mother, an active volunteer with children (in both my church and in Washington County), and a former elementary school teacher I ask that regardless of your position, pro-life or pro-choice, to always be pro-kid first! Give our children the option to feel blessed and happy that they are loved and that their parents chose them.

Kanika Wilkins
Hagerstown




The 14th Amendment should be modernized



To the editor:

In 1868, when the 14th Amendment became a part of our Constitution, the purpose was to insure the rights and citizenship of blacks and their descendants after the Civil War with the abolishment of slavery.

Section one of the Amendment, states, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

Today, with many ethnic, racial and national culture groups immigrating to our country now, it is time to change the 14th Amendment to meet the time and situation that now exists. If legal or illegal persons have children born while in the United States, the 14th Amendment by some interpretation is causing a myriad of problems. We must provide education, health care and many other services for them and at the cost of all those naturally born here of naturalized parents or those who chose to become American citizens by the rules of law.

The original 14th Amendment did not address or foresee this problem or imagine the consequences it would cause. The existing 14th Amendment does not pertain to today's society. We must recognize this problem and have it more related to modern society.

I suggest a panel of scholars of political science backgrounds be appointed to review antiquated laws and documents and modernize same.

Tom Wilhelm
Williamsport

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