The terrorist attacks in London forces us to examine our own situation. Why hasn't the US mainland been attacked since 9/11? Maybe because in the U.S. the Muslim communities have blended into the fabric of our society -- they've become American.
Or because President Bush contends that if we fight them abroad, we won't have to fight them at home. His opponents have never accepted that fact. Eighty percent of al-Qaeda hierarchy has been killed or captured since 9/11. Their remaining leadership is on the run in the mountains, sleeping in caves for the rest of their short life spans. In Afghanistan the Taliban are scraping the bottom for recruits -- now using 14 year olds in the battle.
Or because President Bush and a Republican Congress put the U.S. Patriot Act in force about 1 1/2 months after 9/11, and it has been effective. During the reauthorization debate on July 21 several interesting facts were revealed. Public library computers were used by the 9/11 hijackers, and due to provisions in "the act" there have been 395 arrests and 212 convictions on national security violations. Finally, 43 House Democrats "saw the light," crossed over, and voted for the reauthorization of the Patriot Act on July 21.
So, who is going to protect our families in the future? The United Nations? The ACLU? I'll put my money on President Bush and the Republican Congress to hold the Muslim extremists accountable.
Some claim that abortion should be legal because of reproductive rights.
Killing a baby in its mother's womb isn't about reproduction; its about the destruction of a human life.
This is Natural Family Planning Awareness Week and a great time to clarify a recent misinformed Open Forum letter. The method of NFP that the writer alluded to is obsolete. Just like an old ice-box that we would not dream of using, the old Rhythm Method of NFP (where calendar days are counted to know when the fertile time of a woman's cycle falls) is now unheard of. Current medical science has proven NFP to be 99 percent effective when learned and used correctly.
Basic health care is needed for families all across America. That basic health care should include the current information on NFP. Many doctors do not know, or choose to not believe how effective NFP is. There is no profit in NFP for doctors, no pills to prescribe, no shots to administer, no barrier devices to be fitted for. NFP is based on a woman learning what is going on in her body without any chemicals or devices to interfere with her natural fertility. NFP is 100 percent natural...your body knows.
The divorce rate in the US is around 50 percent. The divorce rate for couples using NFP is less than 5 percent. That statistic alone should be enough to make people want to become informed about NFP. To find out more for yourself about NFP, check out some web sites: www.OMSoul.com; www.boma-usa.org; www.popepaulvi.com; or call our office at St. Joseph's Medical Center (218) 829-2861 Ext. 6217.
Pay for teachers
I question why our governor's "magic formula" for his needed performance-based pay increases for public school teachers, didn't also apply to his recently endorsed across the board pay increases for our 30,000 Minnesota government union employees?
Historical data has always placed both Minnesota students and government workers near the top in national rankings.
As a 34-year Minnesota public school teacher, my wages were based upon across-the-board increased education and experience. Since our governor now describes today's agreement as a good deal for the state, taxpayers and our valued employees -- "plus deserved raises," shouldn't he also now see our present day teachers in the same light?
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