I want to thank you for the Jan. 26 front-page coverage of the March for Life Rally that took place in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 25, marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (“Abortion opponents protest Roe v. Wade”).

I was there with hundreds of thousands, among them a full bus from Queen of Heaven Church in Green, where I pastor.

It was so inspiring to see so many united in being a voice for the voiceless. Yes, it was somber, but also a joy- and hope-filled event.

What especially gave me hope was the great number of youths present, so many of various religions, united in their stand for life.

The whole time of the rally, I witnessed thousands of placards and signs that portrayed the pro-life message. I never saw any with a pro-abortion, pro-choice message.

I am sure there were a few somewhere. Somehow, Associated Press cameras were able to find them and crop the picture in a way that made it look as if both sides were equally represented.

Trust me, that was not the case. The pro-lifers outnumbered the pro-choicers 10,000-to-1. Your picture was very misleading.

I pray one day our nation’s law will reflect God’s law, “Thou shalt not kill,” but, most of all, may God change all of our hearts to be a nation that loves, cherishes and protects all human life from womb to tomb.

In the words of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, “The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion.”

She’s a saint. I think we ought to listen to her.

Father David R. Durkee

Pastor, Queen of Heaven Catholic Church


Ban texting, ?save lives

The Akron City Council is debating whether to ban texting while driving. Even though countless studies have found that texting while driving is as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, several African-American ministers, as well as the Akron branch of the NAACP, are against this possible ban.

If this is as big a danger as drunken driving, would they also wish to do away with the laws governing driving while intoxicated?

I would hope not. Their concern seems to be that police officers could use this ban as an excuse for targeting minorities.

If an officer was so inclined, could not he or she target a minority, no matter what the violation?

I find it ridiculous to think that these fine people would come out against a ban on something that has been found to be as dangerous as drunken driving. The priority should be saving lives.

Michael Reitz

Cuyahoga Falls

Veteran needs help

What kind of people do we have in charge of the city of Akron?

We have here a military veteran, Larry Modic, who defended our country, now in need of help in keeping and maintaining his home. The city is bent on tearing it down.

I commend his attorney, Warner Mendenhall, and all the supporters who have committed to monetary help and help with labor for this veteran. I am also a veteran, and I am appalled that the city wants to tear this home down. Akron should be ashamed of itself.

James Bonner


Fit for combat

It’s hard to imagine any reasonable objection to the new rule clearing women for combat in the armed forces. The only caution I have would be in lowering standards, as we have in areas, to achieve better head counts.

We have seen different qualifications for fire and police, for example. Combat would be even more dangerous. If we stay clear of “different” and hold to the “same,” I think the new rule would benefit the country.

Gary Eaton