As an adoptee, I am writing to encourage your readership to support Ohio Senate Bill 23 and Ohio House Bill 61. These two important pieces of legislation would provide adopted Ohioans access to their original birth certificates.
In today’s society, it is hard to imagine that government actively prevents certain citizens from accessing basic information about themselves, but by denying Ohioans adopted between 1964 and 1996 access to their birth certificates, our state government denies these people the right to such fundamental information as when and where they were born and the names of their biological parents.
In addition to the basic right to know one’s history, there are other public policy reasons to support these bills. Increasingly, medical professionals rely on medical history to diagnose and treat diseases. Adoptees who are denied access to their birth certificates have no access to this critical piece of their history.
The two bills would rectify an obvious wrong and deserve to be signed into law. Despite overwhelming support from both the House and Senate (H.B. 61 passed the House 96-1 and S.B. 23 passed the Senate Medicaid, Health and Human Services Committee 9-0), the bills have stalled without a vote by the full Senate for several months. Readers should contact their state senators to encourage them to actively support these vital pieces of legislation.
Stop the drone strikes
In Thursday’s paper there was a picture of a 9-year-old Pakistani girl, Nabila Rehman, victim of a drone attack outside her home in Pakistan, where she was helping her grandmother gather vegetables.
She was injured and her grandmother was killed. I looked at this face from different angles and could not picture her as being a terrorist. And yet, the CIA targeted her as a terrorist or suspected terrorist.
The commentary below the picture (“A human face for drone victims”) went on to say that over the past several years, hundreds of Pakistani civilians have been killed by the CIA through its drone-warfare program, or, more accurately, drone attacks against suspected terrorists.
Our ally, Pakistan, apparently is not opposed to these drone raids, but it is no wonder why the Pakistani people hate us. And as long as they hate us, there will be no end to the Middle East War.
Imagine how we would feel if the Pakistani government or any foreign government sent drones over us to target and kill our neighbors, knowing full well that they were not a threat in any way.
Tea party today
In response to the Oct. 27 letter “Like the founders,” in which the writer states that “if I know the tea party, its members stand for paying debts and working for families, schools and one another,” I suggest he doesn’t know the tea party at all.
Working for families? The tea party would defund and repeal the Affordable Care Act. For schools? It would abolish the Department of Education. One another? The tea party would cut Social Security, Medicare and food stamps.
The writer should tune his TV to something other than Fox News and see the truth about those who would rather destroy our nation than work to make it better.
Maybe when the tea party was first conceived, it was what the writer suggested. Not now. It’s just a fear-mongering, hate-filled group that needs to be voted out in 2014.
Not like Harry
Harry Truman. You liked him, or you didn’t, but he accepted responsibility. The sign on his desk said, “The buck stops here.”
Now, our president suggests the buck stops somewhere else, anywhere else, just not with him. Pride and self-promotion just aren’t compatible with honesty and integrity.
John P. Gorey