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Forum, June 10: Abortion’s disproportionate effects on Black community

Published: 6/10/2022 6:02:19 AM
Modified: 6/10/2022 6:00:11 AM
Abortion’s disproportionate effects on Black community

In light of recent violence against Black shoppers in Buffalo, there are cries to exterminate “systemic racism” in America. Meanwhile, the recent leaked draft Supreme Court opinion by Justice Samuel Alito has thrown the pro-choice movement in America into a maelstrom, and demonstrations and protests against an opinion “overturning” Roe v. Wade — which is not even final — have been launched all over the country.

Let’s look at how Roe v. Wade has affected Black people in America over its 49 years of existence. Black women made up 38% of all abortions tracked in 2016, and in recent years there were more Black abortions than live births in New York City. Let’s remember that Margaret Sanger, who laid the foundation for Planned Parenthood, originally proposed sterilizing Black women, among others, and implemented various measures to discourage Black women from procreating.

But there is hope, because Black Americans are no longer allowing themselves to be duped into population reduction. America needs more, not fewer, Black citizens, and especially those who recognize their noble destiny and are rejecting perpetual victimization. What Black, Hispanic and Native American citizens need is a hand up, not interminable handouts. It is long past time we stopped insulting them by insinuating that only mass infusions of government aid will help them. One hundred and sixty years after the Civil War, they need to come off the plantation. Democrats are pinning their hopes of retaining political power on creating and maintaining a permanent dependent underclass, largely through a porous southern border that allows thousands to enter without accountability and be dispersed through the country without processing or documentation. Voters can change this in the 2022 midterm election.

William A. Wittik


Biden is failing America

I see from a recent Reuters poll that President Biden has a 36% favorability rating. I find that astonishing. I would have always questioned the accuracy of these things, but this number really has me puzzled. How could that be possible? There isn’t one aspect of American life, at least what’s left of it, that isn’t being quite deliberately sabotaged by this man. How could it be that fully 36% of U.S. voters could be in support of him? I would think that he would be into deep negative numbers by this point. Are there Americans who actually enjoy this self-destruction?

I don’t really know. I only know that it’s up to us, the people, to save this country from the continuing wreckage of the establishment uniparty. It’s not a question of Democrat or Republican. I’ve said it for too long: With leaders like these, who needs enemies?

Neil Meliment


Keep an open mind on gun safety measures

Steve Nelson, in the Sunday, May 29, Valley News, made the untoward comment that Americans are apathetic toward gun violence. That comment could not be further from the truth. Tell that to all the grieving parents, siblings, relatives and friends of loved ones who died for no reason at all. We are not apathetic. We are at a loss as to what to think, say or do. Nelson implies that society is disintegrating at a rapid pace. But other egregious things have happened in the past and we have survived. Think Civil War. Twenty-five thousand men and women died.

But these shooting incidents are different from wars. Wars can be won. Can we win this one? We seem to be at war with ourselves. Life is getting more and more complicated with each generation. Especially for young boys. But shooters are not all young. Many adults are involved. What are they angry about? Are their minds diseased? Can these dysfunctions be cured by psychotherapy? I don’t know. Does anyone know?

There have been 233 shootings in the U.S. in the last six months. I fear that restricting and regulating the sale of guns might not be enough. As much as some might vehemently disagree, I believe a plainclothesman or woman, preferably a retired police officer, carrying a concealed weapon should be stationed in every public school in the U.S. They are highly trained in the use of handguns. And metal detectors should be installed in the entrance to every school. There should be only one entrance for the students. Other outside doors should be locked from the inside with crash bars installed.

If these precautions are taken and many lives are saved, the effort will have been worth it. Isn’t it worth a try?

Bob Cattabriga

West Lebanon

Leave Hartford Town Forest alone

The Hartford Selectboard should vote against logging the 45-acre tract of the 423-acre Town Forest. Instead, we should leave nature alone and let the forest manage itself.

AJ Follensbee, the forester promoting the logging in the Hartford Town Forest, says the plan is to selectively log to “mimic nature.” Can humans really “mimic nature” with chainsaws, feller bunchers and skidders? Science barely is scratching the surface of the mysteries of forest ecology and the interconnected web of life in soils, mycelium and fungi. Logging to “mimic nature” sounds like human hubris.

Proforestation, not logging, is a global trend. Dartmouth College alum Dr. Bill Moomaw, former member of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and others recently concluded in a peer-reviewed study “that protecting and stewarding intact diverse forests and practicing proforestation as a purposeful public policy on a large scale is a highly effective strategy for mitigating the dual crises in climate and biodiversity and ultimately serving the ‘greatest good’ in the United States and the rest of the world.”

Another study shows timber harvesting in the U.S. releases more carbon dioxide annually than fossil fuel emissions from the residential and commercial sectors combined.

There’s no good reason to log the Hartford Town Forest.

Meg Sheehan


The writer is a member of Lyme Conservation Commission and an environmental lawyer.

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