With all the scandal involving Benghazi, the Internal Revenue Service, Operation Fast and Furious and so much more, I have recently developed a deep sense of sympathy toward conservatives, especially those who believe that President Obama should be impeached.
To do so would be an exercise in futility, for even though the House could impeach him, it would take 67 votes in the Senate to convict and remove him from office.
It would be a repeat of Bill Clinton, though the Benghazi affair is all about Hillary. The criticism is not unjust, but the lack of civility allows our enemies to laugh as we become more like they are.
If the GOP decides to impeach Obama over these and other scandals, I have a suggestion of what they could do with the articles of impeachment once the trial is over.
They should be placed in the George W. Bush Library next to the memo that Bush received at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, on Aug. 6, 2001, that warned of a terrorist attack in the near future. The document should be signed by Dick Cheney because his name is not prominently mentioned in that library, when he deserves one of his own.
Perhaps we need to realize that in a constitutional republic based on the principles of representative democracy, people get the government they deserve, whether they like it or not.
Michael J. Walzer
Abortion rights for all women
Regarding the May 14 article, “Pa. abortion doctor convicted of murder,” I disagree with the jury and think Dr. Kermit Gosnell should have been acquitted.
Abortion should be safe and legal at any stage in pregnancy. The health and personal decisions of the women must come first, and the fetuses should have no legal rights.
Women need access to abortion care and may need a late-term abortion for a variety of reasons.
Denying women access to abortion providers like Dr. Gosnell will cause late-term abortions to go underground, and more women could die from lack of services.
I am a pro-choice advocate who had an abortion, escorted women at abortion clinics and was violently attacked in Akron by anti-choice extremists, so I know firsthand the violence that can erupt from the anti-choice community.
My fear is that the anti-choice community will use this case to eliminate all abortion services. This cannot happen. In order for women to be full, equal citizens in society, they must have access to abortion care at all stages of pregnancy.
Do not let what happened in Pennsylvania dictate the future of abortion care for women. Speak up, and vote pro-choice.
Thrill of the hill
I grew up listening to my mom’s stories about the Soap Box Derby. She would reflect on how wonderful it was to grow up with it, and it was an important part of the community. I think the community has forgotten the treasure we have in our own backyard.
I wanted to let readers know that my mother was right, the Soap Box Derby is amazing. My 7-year-old son went to his first rally recently at Akron’s Derby Downs.
It was the best sporting experience I have witnessed because of the people, parents helping other parents and drivers and children shaking hands and telling each other “good job.” We had numerous people giving us a hand or guiding us.
When my son was upset with his driving, a parent from West Virginia came over to encourage him.
You see too many children’s sporting events where the parents and children are consumed with winning. Thanks to the Soap Box Derby for truly being a cut above the rest and showing a little boy the true meaning of sportsmanship.