- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Abortion’s ironic consequences

The article “Pope battled culture of death” (Culture, et cetera, Monday) mentions the stand of Pope John Paul II and conservative Republicans against abortion. Because of who has abortions, that issue has helped this country become more conservative.

Pro-lifers think abortion is morally wrong and are more likely to have babies and raise them with conservative values. Pro-choicers see nothing wrong with abortion and are more likely to be liberals and to abort their babies. This results in the younger generation being more conservative than liberal.

From 1973 through 1986, about 19 million unborn babies were aborted. If they had been born and just 80 percent of them had been still alive, there would have been an additional 15 million potential voters in 2004. Most of them, like the 5 million blacks included in that number, probably would have voted Democratic. The survivors (those who survived their time in the womb despite Roe v. Wade) helped pro-life President Bush get re-elected.

Because another 25 million unborn babies (most of whom probably would grow up to be pro-choice liberals) were aborted between 1987 through 2004, I see a promising future for a conservative pro-life America as the survivors reach voting age. Now we just have to worry that the liberal entertainment industry, public schools, colleges, etc. might corrupt them.

ROBERT BOUDREAUX

Waldorf, Md.

A question of moral standing

Disgraced Cardinal Bernard Law, who moved priests who had sexually abused children from church to church so they could abuse again, led a Mass for thousands mourning Pope John Paul II at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome (“Protesters target Law at Mass in Rome,” Page 1, Monday). What this says to me is that the Catholic Church doesn’t take the issue of priests sexually abusing children seriously, and it makes people everywhere question the moral standing of this religion.

In the past week, we heard how great the late pope was, and that made it look like being Catholic really meant something. Cardinal Law is a man who should be in jail. I can’t believe he’s still a cardinal.

MARC PERKEL

San Francisco

Flawed research on guns and violence

I enjoyed the Op-Ed column by John R. Lott Jr. and Sonya D. Jones (“Watch-list ‘justice’ ” Monday). In fact, I was so intrigued by the comment, “Ultimately, though, despite all the fears generated, background checks simply aren’t the solution.”

According to the article: “The federal Brady Act has been in effect for 11 years and state background checks even longer. But despite all the academic research that has been done, a recent National Academy of Sciences report could not find any evidence — not a single published academic study — that background checks reduce any type of violent crime.” I actually went to the National Academy of Sciences Web site to find that information.

It appears that the columnists and I reached different conclusions. As I read it, the report on guns and violence said that in spite of much research on the connection between guns and gun control, such as background checks, the research is so flawed that it is essentially useless, and no intelligent conclusions can be drawn. The report also implied that guns are so pervasive, both legally and illegally, that trying to control them is almost impossible.

It seems to me, therefore, that the columnists have constructed a straw man to destroy and have essentially wasted not just their own time, but mine. An intelligent and honest discussion about guns and their effect on this society is long overdue, but so long as individuals on both sides misrepresent the facts, any discussion or argument is a farce.

ANN MUSCHETT

Wayland, Mass.

Rural ‘life is good’

It was refreshing to read Jennifer Harper’s article “Press willfully ignorant of U.S. rural life”(Nation, Monday). The press is generally disdainful and misinformed on anything rural.

For those of us who stay in the battle to keep rural America growing and raise our children and grandchildren here, it’s frustrating to read articles about us as if we are a step back in time, intellect and drive.

The term “rural cleansing” has become a fear, not a rumor, and we fight to overcome the idea that we are quaint little failures that didn’t make it to the city.

Many towns and counties thrive with new jobs and new ways to survive by remote work through the Internet and companies that find our challenges less important than our perks.

In our county, we are growing ,thanks to small companies that took a chance and have had patience with the challenges to rural location, and they deserve a hand for giving us the jobs and encouragement we need to keep trying to survive … Thanks for paying attention.

SHELLEY HARTMANN

Mineral County Economic

Development

Hawthorne, Nev.

Free trade on a large scale

Your article on the concept of the world’s largest Indo-Chinese free-trade bloc was interesting (“Prime minister sees partnership with India” World, Monday). Free trade is a capitalistic concept. Its benefits are being seen by socialist and communist countries around the world.

Having India and China combine in partnership through free trade means countless jobs, a booming economy on both sides and peace and harmony in Asia. It would have been even better if India, Russia and China formed a business axis. This should be the next positive step.

Setting aside political or cultural differences and simply focusing on mutual business gain is the starting point for peace and stability that ultimately defuses any political or culture-based differences and clashes.

When giants merge in business, setting aside their cultural or political differences, you see a mega-giant that is a wonder of the world.

The news of an India-China partnership in business should be welcome to both the Chinese and Indian communities in the United States. They can learn from this idea to form a union to further their agendas focusing on advancement of Asian-American interests in the United States. This large and unified bloc even could shape U.S. foreign policy in Asia.

SUNDIP MUNDKUR

Worcester, Mass.

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