Executive order is just a cover

Planned Parenthood calls President Obama’s executive order, supposedly prohibiting tax dollars to pay for abortions, a “victory.” This executive order was just a cover for the Democrats who did not have the courage to stand for their stated convictions regarding federal funds paying for abortions.

A 15-year-old gil in Seattle recently received an abortion from a clinic without her parents’ knowledge. President Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelois and Senate majority leader Harry Reid approve of non-parental notification of abortion.

My son wrote in a recent blog: “The slaughter of millions of innocent babies does not go unnoticed by God. He is soverign and he alone will judge.”

Glenda Wellman Conn, Ashland

Larry Branham was heroic figure

With the passing of Larry Branham, Ashland has lost a heroic figure. Many will recognize him for his years of service as a firefighter, a beloved church elder and a tireless civic leader.

We at Ashland Head Start are saddened by the loss of a man so dedicated to a program that serves one of our most important resources — our children.

Larry was a hero to Ashland Head Start. He was devoted to our children, always ready to assist when searching for resources, happy to volunteer his time on committees, and ready to fill a need at a moment’s notice. Larry was a true believer in the tenets of Head Start: School readiness will allow children to achieve greater potential when entering public schools and support to families is crucial to a child’s success.

We will miss Larry and his dedication to our cause. We are hopeful that others in our community will stand up for vulnerable children and families. We are grateful to the Branham family for supporting Larry as he spent countless hours working for children.

Bianca Sexton, Ashland Head Start, Policy Council President

Is this the change we had in mind?

Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of the health care reform bill that “... we have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it.”

Well, it seems that the Democrat majority had to pass the bill so that they too could find out what’s in it. Of course, they knew about the kickbacks they’d be receiving once it became law. But they overlooked the fact that their 2,000-page bill failed to provide coverage to children with pre-existing illnesses, as promised. Also, they apparently didn’t know that their bill will fund medications like Viagra for convicted sex offenders. Of course, they know now because the Democrat majority specifically voted in favor of keeping the “performance enhancing drugs” flowing to sex offenders when given a chance to delete that provision of the law.

It’s true that Obama promised change if elected president. However, I’m not sure that legislation like this is what Americans had in mind.

Hugh Davis, Worthington

People outraged for a good reason

The March 28 editorial had a lot of hand wringing about the uncivility of the nation after the health care bill was passed.

Where were the outraged editors during the Bush years? They were pretty silent back then. No one should tolerate violence but it seems the editorial board feels violence in support of a certain agenda is fine. Contrary to all the naysaying the violence against the tea party movement — both physical and verbal — gets little notice in the press.

For the record, I am a long time independent voter. I think it’s ludicrous to vote for someone because they have a R or D behind their names.

What did the editorial board expect from the American people? With over 60 percent not wanting the health care bill passed in its present form, it seems our elected “representatives” would not listen to their constituents. Now there is a backlash against them, and they and the editorial board are dismayed by the uncivility. Death threats and violence, as I’ve said, should not be tolerated by anyone, but spare the hand wringing about uncivility. The American people are basically a peaceful and forgiving citizenry unless it involves gross hypocrisy.

Instead of wringing your hands and decrying the “uncivility,” The Independent would do better at trying to tell the American people what they can expect from this legistation instead of worrying about what is being said about their favorite politician.

Report the news and offer informed opinions.

Gaylord Cooper , South Shore

Lincoln dinner was like Grayson rally

I am disappointed with my Republican party after attending the 5th District Lincoln dinner.

I was disturbed by the lack of neutrality between Senate candidates Rand Paul and Trey Grayson. I was shocked to see that the event appeared to be a Grayson rally. Every table had Grayson paraphernalia at the centerpiece and Grayson posters lined the walls. It was obvious there was no attempt to be “fair and balanced.”

Even more disturbing was the crowd’s response when the event began with the Pledge of Allegiance to our nation’s colors. We looked like bobble heads! Heads turning, looks of confusion, and my 8-year-old daughter asking me, “Mommy, where’s the flag?”

The hall was adorned with Grayson advertisements, but no American flag to face as we recited the pledge. This might sound trivial, but it is not trivial to me. It is not a “little detail” to my husband and three of his Marines who sat with me and other veterans attending. The focus appeared to be on one candidate. I believe the focus should be on America.

The event was symbolic of what is wrong in Washington and in politics. Our leadership is not focused on America. Their focus seems to be on power and politics. The elite entitlement class focuses on themselves while giving lip service and pandering to veterans and other Americans.

I remain focused on America and I will not live in fear of angering the powers that be. I will remain focused. I will not forget our flag.

Angie Ballou, Williamsburg

Health care reform a long time coming

I thank my congressman, Nick Joe Rahall, for voting for the health care reform bill. It took a man with courage and leadership to step up and lead the fight the way that he did.

This bill has been a long time coming and will help so many. With this bill, insurance companies will be held accountable for the hike on premiums, and 32 million people who did not have coverage will have it. You can’t be denied for pre-existing conditions. Now when you get sick or are in an accident, the first thing you think of is how you’re going to get well, not how you’re going to pay for it.

David Farley, Huntington, W.Va.

Act is huge step in right direction

With a daughter who has many congenital health problems, this health reform issue has weighed heavily on my mind. While we have relatively good (but expensive) insurance, I now feel more confident that she will be able to get the insurance coverage she needs.

Devon has Diamond Blackfan Anemia, an extremely rare bone marrow failure condition, and Aase-Smith Syndrome II, which is a group of physical anomalies. Throughout her her life, she’ll need to have routine blood work. Her heart and her solitary kidney need to be monitored as well.

I thank all who supported this bill, especially Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virginia's Third District. While no bill is perfect to everyone, this one is a huge step in the right direction.

Natalie Wray, Huntington

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