Readers Respond

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Letters to the Pilot

A disgrace on the front page


I consider the Pilot Tribune a "class-act" family newspaper. That's why I was so appalled to see "Miss Mona" on page one of a recent issue. Miss Mona'a picture would beautifully grace the cover of the National Enquirer, but what a disgrace on the front page of the Pilot!

Still, it was important for the newspaper to cover the "Miss Mona story". The article made parents of potential and current BVU students, and supporters of the University, aware of the dangerous message BVU students received at that ACES event. Next time, however, let's leave Miss Mona's picture on the cutting room floor and discreetly print the article on page 3. Save the front page for news that doesn't bring shame on BVU and the Pilot Tribune.

- Susan M. Schulz, Storm Lake

Kerry and partial-birth abortion


Sen. John Kerry in one of the most radical, pro-abortion politicians in America. With respect to abortion-related legislation, he has voted in favor of abortion at least 79 times in his career (Citizen, November, 2004, p. 6). If he becomes president, he has pledged to nominate only pro-choice judges for the Supreme Court, thus assuring a proliferation of abortion.

But even more significant is his strong stand in favor of partial-birth abortion. To clarify just what this means, here is a brief description of the procedure.

Partial-Birth Abortion is a way of destroying an unwanted baby's life during its last three months in his/her mother's womb. The procedure is also called Dilation and Extraction (D&X). This method requires up to three days for dilating the cervix. The abortionist guides the child feet first through the birth canal and allows all but the head to be delivered (thus "partial-birth"). Holding the head in place with one hand, the abortionist uses his other hand to puncture the base of the skull with a scissors-like instrument. A tube is inserted into this hole and the brains are suctioned out. (No anesthesia is used.) The skull collapses, and the delivery of the child is completed. The baby is declared "dead."

It's very important to understand that these partial-birth abortion babies are now 7, 8, or even 9 months old from conception. If born prematurely, most would survive easily. Have you ever held a "preemie" in your hands? These beautiful little Americans are the targets of the barbarism called partial-birth abortion. Even Congress has noted that the procedure is almost universally performed on healthy babies that would otherwise be born to healthy mothers.

On October 2, 2003, the House of Representatives, with a vote of 281 to 142, called for a ban on partial-birth abortions. Three weeks later, the Senate, by a vote of 64 to 34, confirmed the ban. But among the 34 Senators in favor of continuing partial-birth abortion was Sen. John Kerry. In fact, Kerry has voted against banning partial-birth abortion six times, calling it "a step backwards for women." (Citizen, Nov., 2004, p. 7) To finish the story, Pres. Bush, on Nov. 5th, signed the bill into law, thus banning partial-birth abortions. But liberal judges have declared the law unconstitutional, thus permitting the continuation of the slaughter of these defenseless little Americans.

I just have one question. Why does Sen. Kerry insist that puncturing the skull of preemie babies and sucking their brains out makes for a "stronger America?" One thing is clear. If you agree that partial-birth abortion is good for America, then you know for whom to vote on Nov. 2.

- Bo Brink, Storm Lake

A good turn for homeless cats


There's someone in our community that I'd like to thank on behalf of abandoned and neglected cats... of which there are many. Karolyn Snedeker operates the Kat Haven shelter, otherwise known as B.V. County Cat Rescue League, over near Newell. Karalyn and her daughter, Cassie, spend countless hours rescuing homeless cats, nursing those who need it and finding homes for these frightened, often hungry, creatures. Few people know that Karalyn started a group called "Friends Forever... getting healthy homeless cats to the elderly, disabled and the handicapped at reduced prices. Karalyn also started a group called "Heaven Sent"...

I want her to know how much I appreciate her efforts to save [the animals]. The shelter Karalyn runs has a "no kill" policy, a blessing in this day of disposable everything, including fine creatures... I've been to Karalyn's shelter. It is clean, bright and airy without offensive odors. The cats I saw there were well-fed, healthy and obviously fussed over. It warms my heart to know this place exists...

You know, there's a verse in the Bible that says "a righteous man cares for the lives of the beasts." That includes all the people who donate time, supplies and dollars toward the care of these wonderful cats. God said it and I believe it... and Karalyn and all the others like her sure fit the bill!

- Peg Loffin, Lakeside