Government should protect, not kill

Any person with a modicum of moral conscience, human decency and basic common sense is reacting with outrage and horror to recent legislative initiatives in New York, and those proposed in Virginia which allow abortion up to birth without the requirement of a doctor’s presence.

The governor of Virginia stated that if a baby intended for abortion was born alive, the mother could still decide to kill the child. These proposals represent a new low in the inhuman evil the abortion culture in this country has embraced.

The “pro-choice” mantra has always been that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.” In actuality it is dangerous, immoral and common. The constant refrain that a woman should have control of her body will now include the right to take a life that has left her body.

Abortion and infanticide are not evil and wrong because the Catholic Church and many others say they are. These attacks on human life in its most tender and vulnerable stage violate the moral law inscribed in every heart. One can be an atheist and still conclude it is wrong to kill another.

What law is more fundamental to society than “Thou shalt not kill”? Any society wishing to flourish welcomes, nurtures and supports marriage, family and children. Legalized abortion and infanticide speak of a culture which has not only lost its moral compass completely, but has also become closed to its own future in a form of demographic suicide.

Every person must resist this culture of death and stand up for the dignity of the human person. I pray that our political leaders discover that the purpose of government is to protect and help citizens, not facilitate their murder.

– Most Reverend Donald J. Hying,

Bishop of the Diocese of Gary

 

Black History Month and smoking

Everyone knows February is Black History Month, but many may not know that tobacco control is a social justice issue.

Although African Americans are smoking at lower percentages, tend to smoke fewer cigarettes, and start smoking later in age, they are more likely to die from smoking-related illness when compared to white smokers.

Historically, big tobacco companies have targeted the black community with strategic and tailored marketing campaigns for menthol cigarettes. They are easier to start smoking and harder to quit. They are also more likely to be advertised and promoted at cheaper prices in black neighborhoods when compared to other neighborhoods. These communities have a higher volume of tobacco advertisements in general, increasing exposure of youth and young people to tobacco products.

This Black History Month, it is time to tell Big Tobacco to stop profiling. We will no longer tolerate biased media and marketing campaigns that target racial and ethnic minorities.

If you or someone you know is interested in free cessation services, call 1-800-Quit-Now or visit eQuitNow.com for judgment-free help.

– Sarah Null,

Michigan City

 

Clean up the basketball games

As a former high school and college head basketball coach in Indiana, I am very disappointed to see how coaches have allowed the appearance of the players to deteriorate to a very low level.

It’s very disheartening to see the long hair, crazy hair do’s, tattoos, beards and ridiculous tights that players are wearing. And what happened to the concept of all players wearing the same shoes as a team? What used to be a beautiful sport has turned very rag tag.

Apparently there is no appetite anymore for having clean-cut players. This is what happens when coaches and administrators get weak and allow deterioration to take place little by little, to the point that now it is absolute slipshod.

I notice at many of the high school games that I go to, the principals of the schools aren’t even at the games, so they are oblivious to this problem and probably don’t care. Basketball, particularly in Indiana, used to be a beautiful thing, but I am sad to say it is not so beautiful anymore.

I know times are changing but that doesn’t mean we should be OK with lowering standards. This needs to change. I challenge coaches to re-evaluate what their teams look like in terms of appearance and take needed corrective steps to make teams look special again. And I challenge school administrators to start paying attention to what is going on.

– Brian Vukadinovich,

Wheatfield 

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