Support follows birth

The writer of the Dec. 5 letter “Pro-life groups care about birth, not life” believes that government programs in certain circumstances must play the determining role in whether an unborn child is allowed to live. I pray the writer has a change of heart.

The writer offered a diatribe of questions to the executive director of Right to Life of Northeast Ohio.

Catholic Charities USA, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, community pregnancy centers and many other nongovernmental organizations across the country support women and children regardless of their faith orientation. Pro-lifers volunteer and work at and donate funds and material goods to these nonprofit organizations.

When Gov. John Kasich introduced the Medicaid expansion in Ohio, Ohio Right to Life endorsed that expansion.

God is the author of life, and to answer the writer, that is the ideal place to begin constructive dialogue. God said in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.”

At Christmas we celebrate the most joyful birth of Jesus Christ, who came to Earth as an unborn child to save humanity. Human killing of unborn children is evil and not from God.

Patrick Kunklier, Fairlawn

 

Trump not listening

How can anyone explain putting someone in charge of 320 million people, even though he has never demonstrated any ability to put himself in someone else’s shoes? A man so vindictive he couldn’t find it in his heart to reach out to the John McCain family while they grieved.

You don’t have to experience poverty to care about the less fortunate. This president sees them as simply losers. I wouldn’t consider a president too busy to show respect to those buried at Arlington Cemetery on Veterans Day as a person who would have my back. He figured a phone called would suffice, really?

Empathy has to do with listening instead of talking. Our president doesn’t have enough impulse control to do this. How we can feel comfortable, or confident, that he will not make a military decision that would put us all in peril?

His America First mantra has alienated us from what used to be our most loyal allies. Why should they trust a man who is a total narcissist? His what’s-in-it-for-me attitude cancels any deals that would benefit this country. We now stand alone. It’s not a good or safe place to be.

Welcome to Trump world, where tweets have become more important than the truth.

Kenneth Owen, Twinsburg

 

Tired of labels and lies

I am tired of people who disagree with what President Trump has done being called “liberals.” Just because someone disagrees with the president or the Republican Party, it doesn’t make them a liberal. It means they see what is going on and what is happening to our country and they are speaking out.

I have heard the Trump supporters calling the media fake news for far too long. So far, what the media have said is being supported by those who have been indicted and who are going to prison, by the laws that are being passed that have a negative effect on the middle class and by the 6,000 lies the president has made in less than two years.

Timothy Manning, Massillon

 

Beautiful way to recycle

What a wonderful idea to provide pages of wrapping paper in each edition of the paper. With all due respect to the wrapping paper industry, I’ve always been of the opinion that wrapping a present with paper that will soon be thrown away is an unnecessary waste. The Jewish tradition teaches us not to wantonly destroy God’s bounty. We call it Bal Tashchit.

Rabbi Stephen Grundfast, emeritus, Beth El Congregation, Akron