Saving a young life

Regarding the Jan. 2 letter “Women's civil rights,” basing civil and human rights on viability and dependability sounds like something Hitler would do.

When abortion was legalized in 1973, the court said that science didn’t know when life begins. However, it is now a proven scientific fact that life begins at conception.

It doesn’t matter if a life is dependent on a mother’s womb in its earliest stages or dependent on medications or medical devices in later stages; it is still a human being.

To deny human rights based on dependency is the worst form of discrimination. To deny human and civil rights to that human being because a pregnancy is unplanned is just as barbaric.

Any way you look at it, abortion kills a human being.

To paint a picture that a woman’s life will be ruined from an unplanned pregnancy is also a lie. Giving birth does not make women second-class citizens. It makes them lifesavers. Hitler killed the weak, the mentally challenged and the infirm, not just the Jews. Killing preborn children because they are dependent on the womb is the same.

Denise Leipold, executive director

Right to Life of Northeast Ohio, Akron

 

Spoiling Civic Theatre

In the Grand Hall of the Akron Civic Theatre, where the walls meet the ceiling, there is a row of tiny window panes from which a blue light shines through. Each one of these panes was hand painted when the theater was new in 1929. Now many of these panes have been wiped clean of paint. This is just one of the examples of renovation, not restoration, that has been going on at the theater for years.

The plan shown on the front page of the Akron Beacon Journal (“Funds pledged to improve Civic Theatre”) on Nov. 16 calls for the south wall of the entrance to have a large hole knocked through it to accommodate a modern building that will be attached to the theater.

Why has the theater been renovated and now modernized? It once was opulent, but the opulence is fading and may soon be gone.

Larry Willis Jr., Cuyahoga Falls

 

PFLAG is committed

I was delighted to read the excellent article carried by the Beacon Journal dealing with the difficulties of LGBTQ people with their families during the holiday season (“Holidays can be painful for LGBTQ children and teens,” Dec. 8). I want to remind our community of the work of PFLAG — family, friends, allies, and LGBTQ people united together and committed to advancing equality through peer support, education and advocacy.

At a PFLAG Akron meeting you will find people who have experienced the coming-out process. By telling our stories, and talking about what we did right and wrong, we help those for whom the coming-out process is new. Time and place of our meetings can be found on our website, www.pflagakron.com. There is no cost to attend our meetings. More information may be found at the national website, www.pflag.org.

Rabbi David M Horowitz, Akron

Past president, PFLAG national

 

That clown Cory Booker

How could any sensible person ever consider Democratic Sen. Cory Booker as a presidential candidate after the straight-faced clown act he pulled off during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings?

Unjustified anger has long been a key pet peeve of mine, but in Booker I saw that specious anger is even more infuriating. Anybody who would vote him into the White House ought to be stripped of American citizenship and deported to North Korea.

Don F. McClish, Stow