Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - September 8, 2007

Humans must defend animals

In the recent letter, "Consider rights of people first," the writer stated the first writer was speaking from emotion rather than logic. I have to say I, too, think they should throw the book at Michael Vick. First of all, what exactly is wrong with speaking from emotion or from the heart?

I happen to have a wonderful son with a severe disability. After watching the news last week where they showed a 50-year-old autistic woman being beaten by caretakers, do you think I used logic in saying the book should be thrown at them? Absolutely not! That was emotion.

I think that anyone who abuses, rapes, murders, etc. should have the book thrown at them. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. In most cases, with humans (who have actual rights), there is a trial between the suspect and the victim. In the Vick case, the victims (who also have rights, the right to live, be loved, fed, played with and cared for by humans) are unable to speak for themselves. So, some of us who act on emotion have to be their voice.

I don't think either of us are saying, dogs are more important than people. I just think we all have a cause, and ours may be different than yours.

Patty Oneppo


When did real decline begin?

Some of my colleagues have suggested that our nation began its downward spiral after the 1962 Supreme Court decision that deemed the reading of the Bible and prayer in our public schools unconstitutional. I thought this an oversimplification. Now, I am having second thoughts about my thoughts.

About a score years later, the Supreme Court decreed the Constitution granted women the right to abort unwanted babies. Since then, millions of innocent fetuses from age one month to within inches of birth have been murdered. Their crime? Being conceived by parents who enjoy the process but don't care for the product. About the same time this decision was made, the king of Belgium abdicated his throne rather than sign a law permitting abortion in his nation.

As I write this, I think about a few other things.

When Jesus walked this earth, in order to have him murdered, some Jewish leaders, i.e. lawyers and priests, said Jesus was breaking their law and traditions. He touched unclean lepers, talked to prostitutes and healed on the Sabbath. Wow! I wondered what their ACLU was titled.

Generations before our Constitution was redefined, life bore an aura, sacredness. Only those who took the life of another human were considered worthy of a like fate, then by the courts after a trial by jury at which the murderer was represented by a competent attorney.

My dilemma. I see no difference between the Leninist/Stalinist purgation of uncounted dissidents, or the Nazis under Hitler who murdered millions of Jews simply because they were Jews. Neither the dissidents of Russia nor the Jews of Germany had any representation in those courts that doomed them, if indeed there was a court. The murder of the unborn, the dissidents, the Jews, and even now some in the Communist and other totalitarian nations of our world is based on the philosophy of Nietzsche, who declared all undesirables, for whatever reason, worthy of death.

This bothers me for at age 81, some may consider me at or past my usefulness. Murder is murder at no matter what stage or age of life.

As I write this, there seems to be a war in many of our large cities between black gangs and Hispanic gangs. For what reason? By whose decision? Nietzsche, his philosophy, still lives in unchanged hearts.

I challenge every American, and dare all attorneys, journalists writers, editors and persons in Congress to read the book, "Rumors," by Philip Yancy. He has a few others, too.

Gardner C. Koch

Rock Hill