Letters to the Editor - June 9

June 09, 2011

We need more folks like Betty Jordan

To the editor:

I would like to thank a very special lady that has come into my life. Her name is Betty Jordan. Since my parents passed away about two years ago, she has been there for me and my family. She has given moral support and calls regularly to check to see if I am all right.

I wish there were others like her. No matter what, she is always there for support. She has taken us in as her own family. She is the most precious lady I have ever known, other than my mom.

God bless you, Betty, for being there. I love you very much.  

Debbie Beall

Abortions are often sought by women feeling pressured

To the editor:

Each year, more than 1 million American women undergo abortions. Published academic research indicates that 64 percent of abortions involve coercion. Studies show that some women undergoing abortion feel rushed, uncertain and pressured by others. Coercion may involve partners, parents and family, or authorities, health officials, gatekeepers and guides. Pressure often comes from all sides and escalates.

It is my belief that most women don’t want abortions. Some who have abortions do so based on inaccurate or inadequate information, lack of support and intense pressure, which can escalate to violence.

Women deserve authentic support, positive choices and accurate information about available alternatives. All Americans need to know about the trauma to women and other heartbreak and risks.

Sherman Jones

If evolution is true, why is it disputed?

To the editor:

Allan Powell (May 27) continues to preach his materialist philosophy as true science, bewailing that Darwinian evolution is not forced into the minds of our children. If the truth of this “science” is self-evident, why all the opposition (including from plenty of Ph.D. types)? I don’t see anybody disputing a round earth, the theorems of geometry or the structure of DNA.

On the other hand, materialism/evolution as expounded by Powell is a metaphysical construct about the nature of being — how we are what we are and the reason for it all. Nothing new here that was not kicked around by the pre-Socratic philosophers. It is not accepted because it remains an unproven theory. Why accept the word of scientists who do not know what constitutes 96 percent of the universe? The math simply does not add up.

Every day, fossil finds revise current models of the “tree of life” or the relative ages of all sorts of species. Why do National Science Foundation leaders demand that scientific problems with the theory not be discussed in schools? I was reading an 1849 economic essay by Frederic Bastait that ended, “... but the worst of all is the monopoly of education.” Very apt. Why do liberals demand conformity on this issue?

Richard Giovanoni

Sen. Cardin offered no solutions to Medicare crisis

To the editor:

Is this not the way of politicians? To write an editorial that not only denigrates another politician’s bill, but uses such simplistic terms as “jeopardizing the health of seniors” and “kill Medicare” to, in essence, scare the most vulnerable in our society — the elderly and disabled. I’m referring to the letter in The Herald-Mail (June 1) written by Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland.

First and foremost, has the senator even read the budget of Rep. Ryan? Having heard that many in the Senate and House of Representatives don’t read bills but vote them in, I am seriously doubting it.

Secondly, I have read the portions of the budget that deal with Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and I would encourage those in the public, especially the senior citizen population, to contact someone from Rep. Roscoe Bartlett’s office and get the pamphlet entitled “Path To Prosperity.” It is 73 pages long and can be sent to you who have email; otherwise, request it to be sent in the mail to you. Pages 44-49 deal with Medicare and Social Security and will dispel any misconceptions that have been presented by Sen. Cardin.

According to the House Budget Committee, this budget does not “kill Medicare” — it in effect saves Medicare for current and future generations while making no changes for those in or near retirement. For those younger workers, starting in 2022, new Medicare beneficiaries will be enrolled in the same kind of health care program that members of Congress now use. You will be able to choose the plan that best works for you and operates similarly to the Medicare Prescription Drug program where wealthier beneficiaries would receive a lower subsidy, the sick would receive higher payments if their conditions worsen and lower income seniors would receive added assistance to cover out-of-pocket expenses.

Lastly, Sen. Cardin gives his premise of what this budget does and why the “Defeat of Ryan Budget is a Victory for Seniors.” But one thing the senator doesn’t do is give the solution to stopping the crisis in Medicare. When I see his solution, then maybe I won’t be so critical of his opinions.  

Mary S. Burkholder
Chambersburg, Pa.

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