Thank you, Kris Hasskamp, for telling voters to "consider the source" in my previous letter regarding her voting record. Of course in her Aug. 17 letter she was really attempting to shift debate away from her votes and deflect it over to me personally, while keeping many voters in the dark. I will however take her advice and "consider the source," not of myself, but to detail her disputed votes.
While Ms. Hasskamp trumpeted her NRA association, I must point out that she didn't deny my allegation that she voted against the public's "right to carry." Once again she claims one position but voted otherwise. She in fact did admit her "vote against an amendment in 1998 that would have replaced the word 'privilege' with the word 'right' on the hunting and fishing amendment, stating that "the two words mean the same thing." Have you heard of the 'privilege' to bear arms? Kris is either naive or deceiving. The debate actually centered on differences between the two words, with 'right' to hunt and fish being basically unalienable, while 'privilege' granted by the state would be more easily manipulated by politicians like Ms. Hasskamp, which was the original purpose for the amendment in the first place. Animal rights activists had attempted restricting the right to hunt and fish in 1997, and this amendment was an attempt to make that kind of legislation much more difficult.
I look forward to "consider the source" of many other dubious Hasskamp votes and hope that voters will reconsider when their legislators have dismal voting records on very important issues. We can't really assume that politicians' vague claims of voting for their constituents' best interests are always true. It shouldn't be considered partisan becoming more informed and discussing voting records when our rights and tax dollars are at stake.
In the era of the 1960s and the 1970s, hope was building for the world's human population. There was the Peace Corps. The last two of the Catholic popes, at that time had really considered the human problem of over population, and were looking at the church's stand on birth control. And in 1970 Ruben Tanesco, a Jesuit, made a telling statement to a family planning seminar when he said, "Within the whole Catholic church there are two general views. The first view is that of the pope and the second is a dissenting stand."
But something happened on the way to the year 2000. That happening, is a Papal Agenda that I feel every U.S. voter must become familiar with, to the point where they can better understand many of our political candidates and their issues. That agenda is tied to the 1995 Evangelium vitae, an encyclical that explicitly instructs obedient Catholics in Congress, State legislators, and even to the Supreme Court Justices, in their official capacity to oppose any law or proposed law which would permit abortion or euthanasia.
In the above the key words seem to be, law which would permit. Not a law, which would prescribe, decree or mandate. All voters and future voters should seek information to better understand both sides of the agenda, and its ultimate effects on our Democracy, and the world. As part of this, you have seen the anti-birth control amendments added to all money bills, and especially those of foreign aid. And, though abortion is their flagship, all birth control is included in their efforts to demonize.
And in 1998 the pope issued the document Ad Tuendam Fidem, which is an incorporation into canon law the requirement of obedience to the pope by all Christians on such doctrines as abortion.
Dennis G. Gordon
Our community lost a true statesman recently, with the death of Barney Winkelman. Barney served on the Brained City Council for many years. He was always gracious, willing to listen and took time to explain the intricacies of the ordinances to those who questioned. His keen insight often clarified issues of discussion; as Council Chairman he encouraged others to speak openly and he treated them with respect. I remember his dignity, his humor and appreciated his ability to take a stand when the time came to do so. He served our community with great distinction, we are all the better for it.
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