Letters to the editor, February 10
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Updated: March 11, 2013 6:02AM
Everyone should get health care U.S. Sen. Kirk received
Was it just me or were other people disgusted with the news report on U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s return to Congress?
Granted, all I know about him is he was elected to Congress as a Republican. His first speech I heard was about how the American people must understand millionaires in this country are hurting, too.
The news report of his progress from a stroke showed all the rehab he went through and his determination to walk up those 47 stairs to Congress and wanting to be the poster child for people with strokes. I was waiting to hear “Eye of the Tiger” music from one of the Rocky movies.
The problem I have with this is, at the end of the story, the reporter said most people wouldn’t be entitled to all that rehab. My question is, why can’t a firefighter, carpenter, police officer, steel worker, cab driver or whoever get this type of rehab?
To make matters worse, at the end of the program, Kirk was shown walking up the stairs with cheering congressmen and, as the camera panned the area, we got a glimpse of U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth negotiating the same stairs with her prosthetic legs that replace those she lost fighting for this country. So, the question is, what makes Kirk so special?
Or, maybe that is the problem with this country. What does make him and people like him so much more important?
Ironic Obama cites children when it comes to gun control
When I first saw President Obama use children in his recent press conference, I though how ironic it was.
He said his proposals on gun control would be worth it if they saved only one child.
As I continued to watch, my thoughts changed from irony to hypocrisy.
Obama, while serving in lesser offices, voted against giving life support to children born alive during abortions.
President Obama’s first official act of his first term was to rescind an executive order issued by George Bush. The Bush order disallowed federal tax funds from being used for abortions in foreign lands.
One can only surmise that President Obama does not see any political capital in saving one, no, make that millions of unborn children. Not even the lives of children surviving abortion.
Why are we left wondering how the killer at Sandy Hook Elementary School could have had so little regard for human life?
America, look in the mirror. We have elected leaders at all levels who seemingly see little, if any, value in great numbers of unborn children. Far too many in our society view the unborn child not as someone to cherish, but as a mere inconvenience to be brutally discarded.
We need to stop the political grandstanding and have a serious national discussion as to all the reasons (root causes) why these unspeakable tragedies like the one at Sandy Hook happen.
Robert C. Kolanowski