A recent cartoon in this paper made light of the fact that we risk putting some to death even though they are innocent. The implication was that we should abolish capital punishment because we may inadvertently send an innocent person to his death.
A variation of this argument is used when teaching young hunters in Minnesota (without the guilt component). We don't shoot at unidentified sounds in the woods for fear that the sound may potentially be a person.
My question, however, pertains to abortion. (There seems to be much gnashing of teeth recently over the administration's position on this issue.) In the case of capital punishment, the situation is clear. The person on death row is generally accepted to be a person. In the case of abortion, the question is not so clear. The unborn is certainly alive and it is also a human (as opposed to an unborn fawn). But is it a person and just when did it become a person?
Evidently we put some kind of premium on personhood. It is also evident that the question of when personhood begins has apparently already been proven since some oppose any changes to the abortion laws. Their argument is that private choice, not personhood is the overriding issue.
Can someone tell me just when a person categorically becomes a person? If you can't, then tell me why we should avoid potentially killing an innocent person on death row but not an innocent person in the womb.
What's the difference?
What's so different about America and Saddam?
The U.S.A. sticks scissors in babies' skulls and sucks their brains out and throws the fetus in the garbage. While Saddam Hussein gives a gun to a man to shoot his family member.
The U.S.A. also has chemical weapons for mothers to kill their babies inside the womb! And the schools teach our teen-agers to have learned all the negative reasons why babies are inconvenient and shouldn't be.
God bless America.
I read the article in the Jan. 17 issue of The Wall Street Journal about your quandary deriving from the largest section in the ice on North Long Lake which no longer freezes over during the cold winter months.
Having cleaned a number of natural springs during the summer months as a boy, I noticed that the water in those springs always was 45 degrees whatever the temperature of the air. This makes me wonder if those interested in determining what makes part of North Long Lake stay open during the winter months perhaps might have better luck finding the cause if they concentrated their research during the summer months at the bottom of the part of the lake which now doesn't freeze over.
It would seem possible that some new springs have developed under that area that did not exist in past years. Then the question would be why did those springs develop only in recent years? One can guess at a number of possible causes but you are on the spot and should be able to find out with just a little detective work.
Perry A. Peterson
Rapid River, Mich.
In Wednesday, Jan. 22, article about the Minnesota Senior Federation agreement under which members are able to order prescription drugs from Canada for about half the price of those same prescriptions in U.S. retail prices, no phone number was listed. Please call 1-877-645-0261, extension 124, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for information, prices, and so on. This is a member benefit, so non-members will be told how to become members, if they wish.
There are many importation programs offered by various sources, but the Federation agreement offers prices lower than the others. It won't cost you anything to make the call to find out about this program.
Eileen Iverson, president
Minnesota Senior Federation
As a very, very frequent flyer out of the Brainerd Regional Airport, I would encourage the airport commission to proceed as soon as possible to lengthen the runway in order to be able to accept regional jets from Mesaba.
The difference in flying regional jets versus the Saab turboprop is akin to riding in a Jaguar versus a Yugo. As the changeover from Mesaba is coming, I would hate to see our service deteriorate if our airport could not accommodate the regional jets.
As someone who travels through a number of airports around the U.S., I can say with some degree of objectivity, that the Brainerd Regional Airport is well run and the local Mesaba personnel help make any flyer's experience a much more positive one.
Carbon monoxide detectors
I've recently suffered the loss of a close friend, Ed Kmiec, who died due to carbon monoxide poisoning. His chimney for his gas/hot-water furnace was faulty, in that the pipe was made of galvanized steel rather than stainless steel. The galvanized steel corroded over time, developing holes. Vermiculite insulation between the pipe and the brick seeped into the pipe, causing it to plug up completely.
To prevent others from suffering the same type of tragedy, I'm encouraging people to have their chimneys checked and install carbon monoxide detectors. (In this situation, smoke detectors don't help.)
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