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Sunday, January 26 2003

Seeing differently

Perhaps it is because I am blind that I see things differently than do the majority of people. I therefore ask you to bear with me while I reveal some views that are contrary to popular opinion. First of all, the Quecreek nine were miners trapped by a potentially tragic situation some 240 feet under ground. They managed to survive the torrent of water and escape to a higher area of the mine. However, had it not been for the heroic efforts of hundreds above ground who contributed knowledge, time, and equipment to conduct the rescue, those men would have perished. Pat and I stayed awake that night until the last of the nine was safely lifted out of the mine. Since then, the fortunate nine have been celebrated as heroes while the men and women who sacrificed much and worked heroically to accomplish the rescue have faded away with little or no recognition.

My next differing point of view will probably anger many. It has to do with the McCaugheys (pronounced McCoys), parents of the septuplets. I believed at the time and still believe that their decision to allow the pregnancy with 7 fetuses to continue was a very irresponsible choice. They decided against aborting the fetuses on religious grounds. They didn't believe they and their doctors had the right to take a human life. If one uses that rationale, what gave them and their doctors the right to use fertility drugs to create more fetuses than God intended? Weren't they usurping God's right or playing God? My negative judgment of their decision not to abort some of the fetuses is not based on moral or religious ethics but on common sense. No parents, no matter how well-intentioned, have the ability to love and nurture adequately seven children of the same age. Without even considering the physical and mental problems of the children, they will suffer deprivation of the time and attention they deserve. And as for the parents, they have put upon themselves and the community an excessive burden by making an irresponsible decision. And the part that irks me is that they were praised and rewarded for such poor judgment.

While in the throes of ranting and raving, let me reveal one more differing view that has to do with abortion. Now, don't get me wrong. If I had ever had to make a decision on whether to abort a fetus, I could not have done it. However, by the same token, I don't believe I have the right to stand on a soapbox or ride a bus to D.C. and demand that everyone else believe as I do. Such demonstrations, to me, are akin to mob rule. You believe as I do or I will beat you into submission, or worse yet, as a few anti-abortionists have done, kill you. Now, does that make sense?

Let's consider our President, George W. Bush. He has sent men and women off to war to defend the world against tyrants and terrorists. Some sons, fathers, and spouses have died and more will die in this effort. Now in the midst of sending men and women off to potential death, he wants to make it illegal for a woman to have an abortion for the sake of her own physical and/or emotional well-being. It seems to be okay to sacrifice mature men and women in defense of freedom but not acceptable to sacrifice a fetus for the sanity of one troubled woman. And while mentioning President Bush specifically, let me point out another dichotomy I see in the Republican Party in general. They take great pride in saying that they want to take government out of the lives of its citizens and allow them to make their own decisions. How much more can government get into one's life than denying a woman free choice? As that contentious reporter on ABC would say, "Give me a break." It has to be a heart-wrenching decision for any woman to abort a fetus, so why add the burden of making it illegal? Surely, we learned during prohibition that morality can't be legislated.

Some 2000 years ago, Christ came to win the world with love. He didn't have a conquering army. He didn't train his disciples to march in protests and go off to Rome to influence the rulers. He didn't have anyone killed because they believed differently. He didn't ask for earthly laws to bring about his Heavenly goal. If you remember correctly, those who marched, shouted, and protested at the time of the crucifixion were the bad guys.

I warned you. I see things differently.

Disinterested party

A tourist on his way to Holsopple came to a fork in the road and stopped. There was no sign indicating which route went where. Spotting a boy by the road, he yelled out, "Hey, kid, does it matter which road I take to Holsopple?"

"Not to me it don't," replied the boy.

—Sent by Mary Ann Losiewcz

Thought for the day

Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.

—John Quincy Adams
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