Weatherford Democrat

March 29, 2013

Letters to the Editor – March 29, 2013

Weatherford Democrat

Nixon family grateful for prayers, generous support

Dear Editor,

We are so fortunate and blessed to live in such a caring and compassionate community. No words I can express can even come close to the appreciation that our family feels towards each and every one of you.

Our heartfelt thank you and gratitude to our many friends and neighbors for your prayers and support during Jack’s illness. Jack is making progress with his illness, and the proceeds raised will help with medical and daily living expenses for the next few months while he continues fighting this illness.

Our hearts go out to all the volunteers who helped organize and operate the fundraiser. We would like to say “thank you” for everyone’s overwhelming attendance and support.

Many thanks go out to all the sympathetic people who donated money, auction items, time, food and gifts. My family will forever be grateful to you for your care, compassion, understanding and support during our crisis. Thank you for your words of comfort, encouragement, and all the prayers. This community has such an exemplary and kind heart, and we cannot thank you enough for all you did (and continue to do) to help us get through a difficult and scary time.

Again, our thanks to the donors, volunteers, merchants, Brock ISD and the Brock-Dennis Fire Department that made this benefit such a success. The support we received was overwhelming. It goes to show you what a great community we live in and how everyone comes together in a time of need.

Ephesians 1:16: I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

God bless you,

Jack, Johnnie, Jordan and John Nixon

Like the optometrist says during the astigmatism test – is it better or worse?

Dear Editor,

In a previous letter, I included a quote from our U.S. National Institutes of Health, which operates the largest and most prestigious biomedical research facility in the world. For those who distrust American sources of data and rely only on foreign-funded sources (such as Fox News, BBC and Al Jazeera) here is an almost identical quote regarding abortion from the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment. “Disease Trends: The incidence of spontaneous abortion is estimated to be 50 percent of all pregnancies … many pregnancies abort spontaneously with no clinical recognition.”

To understand why, one needs to appreciate the complexity of our reproductive process. The male and the female gamete each contain a set of 23 haploid chromosomes. During the fertilization process, 23 pairs of diploid chromosomes are formed by fusion that involves millions of molecules inside a microscopic zygote.

Proper formation and alignment of the diploid chromosomes is highly dependent upon the chemical environment experienced by both gametes, male and female, before and after fusion.

Chromosomal abnormalities are by far the most frequent abnormal finding in spontaneous abortions.

Americans’ love affair with chemicals, both legal and illegal, limits our ability to reproduce.

Americans seem to have little or no motivation to cease engaging in activities that have been proven to trigger abortions, such as the use of tobacco products, drinking alcohol, using painkillers, smoking pot, taking meth, etc.

Our political and religious leaders divert attention away from the big problem of spontaneous abortions by trying to demonize Planned Parenthood and medical personnel who work in women’s reproductive health care.

In the real world, people who manufacture, distribute, sell and consume the products that trigger spontaneous abortions are responsible for many more abortions than all the abortion clinics in the United States.

America is a land of freedom and free choice, just as it should be. Americans who are sincerely opposed to abortion can freely demonstrate their sincerity by withholding financial support from people who profit from products that trigger spontaneous abortions.

Larry Mason, Azle

U.S. mirroring Nazi Germany?

Dear Editor,

Is the United States now emulating Nazi Germany in the early years of the 1930s? It would certainly seem to be the case in this writer’s opinion.

The current administration’s all out, no-holds barred assault on the Second Amendment is not only unprecedented, but unwarranted. Not one of the new rules by executive order, or proposed anti-gun legislation, will make anyone safer or stop mass killings by mentally ill persons. As trite as it may sound, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. If guns are not available, baseball bats, rocks, knives clubs or other means will be put to use to achieve the same result.

When Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ruffled California Sen. Feinstein in their conversation over her intent to gut the Second Amendment, she told us what the real problem is when she replied that she had been there over 20 years. She has established a fur-lined nest in Congress and will never be replaced until she dies. It is utterly impossible to unseat a sitting member of the House or Senate, due to big money interests who control the elections, and elect the people who will serve them, rather than serve the average citizen.

Since the very rich pay little or no income taxes, it is apparent that the working middle class pays for all the perks that members of Congress enjoy. Due to shipping jobs offshore and other means, the working middle class is a fast disappearing segment of this nation’s ability to pay its debts. When China, Russia and our other debt holders call in our loans, and we can’t pay them, the resulting chaos will make the “Great Depression” of the 1930s look good by comparison. Do you want to face those circumstances as an unarmed servant, or as an armed citizen? I will choose the latter, thank you very much.

Is the current administration serious about curbing gun-related crime? It would appear that they are most certainly NOT. In 2010, 76,000 firearm purchases were denied by the Federal NICS system and sent on for further investigation. A total of 62 were referred for prosecution (giving false info on the application to purchase a firearm is a federal felony) and just 13 of those cases resulted in convictions. Do those statistics tell you that a.) the system is not working; b.) the people running the system are not working; or c.) both? Just 13 total convictions out of 76,000 felonies committed? Way to go DOJ! Why create more anti-gun legislation when we don’t, or won’t enforce the laws we already have on the books? This makes no sense to me at all.  

I fear my current government much more than I fear any other entity on this Earth. Home invaders, robbers, murderers do not have tanks and armed drones, and they don’t normally arrive at your house in an armored vehicle like the “Homeland Security” troops now stationed across this country. The original “homeland security” was and still is, the Second Amendment to the Constitution of these United States. Until that Amendment is rescinded, I will no sooner register my firearms than I would ask this newspaper to register its First Amendment rights.

J.E. Cavenah Sr., Fort Worth