The 50th anniversary of John Glenn becoming the first American to orbit the Earth made me ask myself, “Where have all the heroes gone?”

Watching the footage from 1962, an era of which era I was not a part, I saw something that today’s United States doesn’t see. I saw a nation rallied for something great for the human race as a whole.

I saw a president, John F. Kennedy, come before the cameras at the White House to address the nation. Kennedy spoke from the heart, without the teleprompter.

Today, it seems like heroes are people who do bad things or sell their souls for the highest amount.

We have a president who is a nice man but a bad leader who is not challenging young people to do better.

I should admit that when Barack Obama became president, I was very proud that our nation could rise above the old prejudices of the 1960s, and we would see a nation that came together.

We have now become more and more separated.

So, where are the heroes of 2012 and beyond? I don’t see them in government, the entertainment industry or professional sports.

No, I see them as everyday people, police officers, firefighters, doctors and school teachers.

We as Americans need to start celebrating these people because without them, our great nation will not endure.

Kurt Hurner

Copley Township

Edict from ?the president

Those using the fact that 98 percent of Catholic women use contraception as a battering ram against the Catholic Church should take out their earplugs and listen to what is really being said.

The “concession” that President Obama made to his edict on health care is no concession at all.

He has merely shifted the burden from one hand to the other, putting the load onto the insurance providers, without consulting them.

My insurance premium will now increase.

This edict is not just a smack at the Catholic Church, it is a direct hit on previously guaranteed freedom.

If you are Lutheran, Quaker, Mennonite or Buddhist, you better start building your wall and digging your moat because the next edict is going to be hurled directly at you.

Thomas E. Giffels

Akron

Prenatal testing?saves lives

Rick Santorum wants to do away with prenatal testing.

He says that it leads to people having abortions.

He either ignores or doesn’t know or care that many babies and their mothers are saved by prenatal testing, which may disclose fetal problems that can be repaired by surgery in the womb.

He ignores or doesn’t know or care that there are many problems, such as that of incomparability of blood type between mother and baby, which can be discovered by prenatal testing and dealt with in such a manner that the baby and mother survive.

The U.S. was in 2009 46th in infant mortality rates around the globe, with 6.26 out of 1,000 births resulting in a dead baby. Singapore had the best ratio, 2.31 deaths out of 1,000 births.

Santorum doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

Do away with prenatal testing, and we will end up with many, many more deaths of infants.

In Angola, where there are very few medical facilities and options, the death rate of infants is 180.21 per 1,000 births.

Janet Daily

Doylestown