After reading the deeply disturbing article about the 10-year-old girl from Ohio who was raped and pregnant and had to travel to another state to have an abortion, I wondered what follow-up we might hear from of the anti-abortion crowd. Perhaps: A) Why couldn’t she recognize the gift of God? B) Can’t she be arrested for murder? C) Perhaps we could set up police stations at each state border, so women can be questioned about why they are going to a different state.
Andrew Mitchell, Bloomfield
The January 6 attack on our nation was not a random act by a handful of sore losers, but a premeditated and organized insurrection. Now, thanks to the hearings, there is overwhelming evidence that Donald Trump and his allies were at the helm. We heard from former members of the Trump administration and Republican state officials about how Trump pressured the Vice President, Justice Department and state legislatures to void elections he knew have lost. And when that didn’t work, he summoned an armed mob to the Capitol in a final, violent attempt to stop the peaceful transfer of power. These insurgents have gone nowhere. In fact, more than 100 of them have already won their primaries. It’s up to us to do our part and vote to make sure they don’t win this fall. If these dangerous candidates win, we could have election deniers in key seats of power, like the secretary of state and county clerk, ready to overturn election results they don’t like. Our democracy is at stake. If we are to retain our freedom to vote, to have our votes decide elections, and to rely on elections to control our leaders, then we must vote midterm this year.
Randi Byron, Avon
“Government by the people” has turned into senators and elected representatives of the people who have become sheep who are ordered by wolves (Senate and House leadership) to vote against the initiatives of the other party. This relentless non-cooperation is paralyzing America’s future. We need them to cooperate and face our reality. The climate has changed, and our 4% of the world’s population cannot stop it. In the late 1700s, people expected nothing from national leaders but new laws. The creators of the Constitution could not have imagined that today’s challenges would mean that leadership decision-making would rest solely with lawyers and administrators, unskilled in a technology-dependent world. .
We must force the elected representatives who represent the people to do what the country needs, and not to fight among themselves. We must immediately address monster fires, water shortages, energy needs, threats to our food producing areas, overseas manufacturing losses, infrastructure and reduce the $30 trillion debt by selling American innovations to the world. Our threats and needs today approach the level of priority of the Second World War. We need engineers and architects to innovate smart, affordable solutions and define action plans that support financing and ROI potential. With hard data to support smart initiatives, elected officials can collectively do something worthwhile.
Robert Jastremski, mystic