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April 29, 2009

Inbox — April 29, 2009

Letters to the Editor

Douchey Judgments

Daniel F. McHugh furthers the proof of his being a douchebag (LEO Weekly, April 1) — he has the balls, albeit tiny ones, to continue the maddening thought that he should be allowed to push his freedom of choice onto everyone else. My morals aren’t skewed, and having an abortion doesn’t make me a whore or a murderer. My personal history is complicated, but the man I got pregnant with was my boyfriend then and is my husband now, and we had taken multiple precautions against it. I had quite a pleasant romp in the sack with him and still do as often as I can! I had a fallopian tube pregnancy. I was told it could kill me; eventually my body would kill it; or I’d cut out all the guessing and do it myself. Obviously, I chose the latter with my man in tow holding my hand, both of us scared of the unknown, cursed and spit at walking into the clinic. I still don’t see that I killed anything. My body saw it as a tumor; I saw it as a ticket to death. I cannot say if I’d have bent every effort to save “mother and child,” but I did bend to save me. I’d do so again if I had to.

I hold the belief that we’re all given a choice. All I ask is that you, Daniel McDouchebag, understand that you choose not to abort and I do. I don’t hate you for that choice, but I don’t appreciate your inclination that I need to choose like you.

Continuing the abhorrent view of corresponding abortions to Nazis and Holocausts is nauseating; that was a tragedy and intentional. Many women have lost their lives and may continue to if the no-choice idea prevails.

It’s good to know McDouchebag has a friend in the judgment business, Dave Case. I am certain that HIPPA wouldn’t allow a website to include the vital specifics for everyone who’s had anything to do with an abortion.

That is an invasion of privacy. 

Trisha Leisten, Audubon Park

Burning Nostalgia

Thank you so much for the piece about “Burning Fight” and the interview with Duncan Barlow (LEO Weekly, April 22). That era was a critical part of Louisville’s music history and an important element of local culture, which had seemingly been forgotten in recent years. I was really young during the “hardcore era” and remember going to these shows. Thanks for the nostalgia. One gripe though — why no coverage of By The Grace of God, along with Endpoint and Guilt? Maybe BTGG wasn’t in the book?

Sam Smock, Highlands

Slowing Down

In the staffpicks section of the April 8 LEO, there was some information about a forum event at IUS regarding same-sex marriage and Prop 8. The information ended by stating that the forum would be a way “… to examine ways Prop 8 might affect things in the slower parts of the country.”

I have to question what the writer of that piece meant by the “slower parts of the country”? In my opinion, it is this seemingly arrogant and/or impatient attitude from same-sex proponents that has hurt their own cause. Rather than showing some patience while trying to change the culture toward the same-sex marriage issue, proponents of it have tried to force the issue on others through judicial activism and other means. 

As for the comment about the “slower parts of the country,” I wonder if the writer was truly writing about speed or if that was an insult directed at the intelligence level of those of us here in the central part of the nation. If the writer was referring to speed, then he may want to be reminded that the state of Kentucky voted on a same-sex marriage amendment four years before California did. And of course both amendments passed, thereby effectively ending the possibility for legalizing same-sex marriages in those states for the foreseeable future.

Better editing of the staffpicks might have provided a piece that actually encouraged your readers to participate in this forum rather than leave them feeling insulted.

Rick Robbins, Jeffersonville

Bogeyman Airwaves

After reading and hearing so many rants about the demise of American capitalism and the socialism bogeyman, I implore the media magnates in this community to do their job and refute the dangerous mythology and hyperbole that populate talk radio. Thankfully, we have NPR to bring sanity and civility to the airwaves. But in a market the size of metropolitan Louisville, surely there is room for a commercial talk radio program that offers counterpoint to the right-wing fear mongering that poisons the air and rabble-rouses to the extreme.

Why can’t we get the Ed Schultz radio show locally? Ed represents a progressive viewpoint. Yes, he has a bias, but it is to advocate for programs and policies that benefit the middle-class/working people of this country. He does not agitate people into rushing out for more ammo or encourage revolution or secession, as some commentators (and elected officials) on TV and radio have outrageously proposed. The audiences for that content are being used simply to build opposition to any administration efforts to rebuild our economy, bring some parity to the unsustainable imbalance between corporatism and labor, and improve our reputation in the world. We need trading partners and allies.

For those who think the United States must always be “the decider” for the world, please look at a world atlas. There are other countries on it — even entire continents — and they are not U.S. territories.

Ruthanne Wolfe, New Albany

Awesome God

Is the one creator of all humankind a “Christian God”? Is God’s love conditional, based on whether one is a Christian? Doesn’t God hear the prayers of those who call God “Yahweh” or “Allah”?

America is a pluralistic nation comprised of many people of different races, nationalities and religions. We have the guaranteed right of freedom of religion and even freedom from religion. People of faith and of no faith have to learn to live together lovingly and peacefully. The problem is with the self-righteous, unloving views of the different religions’ fundamentalists who will go to war to show their way is the only way.

I can’t forget the man from Tennessee who sent me a four-page letter in response to my letter in USA Today some years ago. He said I should join a Bible-believin’ church and showed his vitriolic anger in saying I should just die and go to hell. As a follower of Jesus, who am I to tell another person of another religion they are going to hell?

Does “In God We Trust” inscribed on our currency give America a “favored nation status” with God? For people of faith, it seems we show our love of and trust in God by doing justice, loving kindness, walking humbly with God, and loving our neighbor as we love ourselves. Doesn’t this apply to all religions?

One of my heroes is India’s Mahatma Gandhi, a Hindu. He once said, “If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today.”

Paul L. Whiteley Sr., St. Matthews