Time to retire song

When I first heard that a Cleveland radio station was going to refuse to play the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” because of the sexual nature of the lyrics, I thought it was ridiculous. However, after listening to the song I can see the reason for banning it.

Many object because it is considered a “traditional” Christmas song, but the song's focus is not Christmas, but the hopes of the man to force the woman to spend the night so he can “score” with her (or so he seems to hope). The woman is practically begging him to take her home, but he refuses. The song is a reflection of the culture of the time it was written, the 1940s, when women were seen as “conquests” and to ''score'' was an expression of manhood. In the 70 or so years since it was written, women are asserting ownership and control over their sexual lives and bodies.

Some call the decision not to play this song an example of “political correctness.” What is political correctness but the willingness to respect the feelings of others before we open our mouths or act in a way that achieves our own wishes, often at the expense of others? It can be inconvenient, but giving a little respect can make life more pleasant and in some cases less frustrating, something the man in the song doesn’t seem to understand. I agree with the decision not to play this song; it is offensive.

Keary W. Crim, Cuyahoga Falls

 

Ohio not solving issues

I continue to be frustrated with the Ohio legislature’s obsession with abortion legislation, the latest being the “heartbeat" bill. Abortion did not start in 1973 with Roe v Wade. Women have been terminating pregnancies for hundreds of years, and they will continue to do so. It is not a decision any woman takes lightly, and it is a decision in which our government has no business being involved.

My real frustration lies with the time and tax dollars our legislators continue to waste on abortion legislation when they could be doing more for Ohioans who are living and working outside of the womb. Our public school funding system is in shambles, yet our legislators keep punting when it comes to a solution to end our unconstitutional property tax funding system. We have an opioid epidemic that is leaving many families struggling and the children of overdose victims in real jeopardy. Our poverty rate is above the national average. Our small, local governments are being squeezed and receiving less and less revenue to do more and more work.

The continued focus on the polarizing, ideological issue of abortion keeps us divided and moves our focus away from issues that truly affect us.

Lizette R. Barton, Randolph Township

 

Trump in the clear

Regarding the Dec. 14 column “Is Trump more Nixon or Clinton?” by Noah Feldman, President Nixon did not order the Watergate break-in, as Feldman alleges. This is common knowledge by anyone with a basic understanding of history and has been proved on the White House recordings at the time.

President Clinton had an affair with an intern in the White House while he was commander in chief and committed perjury. Donald Trump’s alleged affair happened 10 years before he was even running for office, which even Feldman admits, but he doesn’t mention that Trump was recorded demanding that everything be documented and taken care of under legal methods.

Michael Cohen was not given direction to do something unlawful because the act wasn’t illegal.

No matter how many lies the media perpetuate, voters will fight back and re-elect Trump in a landslide in 2020.

Bill Haney, Brunswick