Hypocritical council members should abdicate
Re: "Crime and maybe punishment in D.C." Feb. 22
Like Jonetta Rose Barras, I have been clamoring for action to be taken against D.C. Councilman Jim Graham for an extended period of time. I find it incredulous that the council would give him a pass after censuring Councilman Marion Barry, and also after certain members called for Mayor Gray's resignation even though he has not been formally charged with any infraction.
Where is the justice in any of this?
Council members Muriel Bowser, David Catania and Mary Cheh should do all of us a favor, and like Pope Benedict XVI recently did, abdicate! By their silence, their hypocrisy speaks volumes.
Unless they have something to hide,they should not be concerned with any threats from Mr. Graham and go about the business of conducting the affairs of the city. Why else are they there?
Marvin E. Adams
Planned Parenthood does abortions, not health care
Re: "Planned Parenthood, McAuliffe go after Cuccinelli," Feb. 17
I found the opening line of this article jarring: "National women's health care provider Planned Parenthood . . ."
That may be what PP wants to call itself. But I think of them as the largest abortion provider in the nation; as the consistent opponent -- in court or in politics -- of any restriction or regulation of abortion, no matter how minimal or common-sense; as the proponents of a sexually libertine lifestyle to our youth; as a greedy hog for government funds; as a bully to Komen for the Cure when they dared to deny them voluntary funding; as the target of repeated accusations of billing scams; as the lineal descendant of Margaret Sanger's eugenic policies; and as collaborators in the cover-up of statutory rape.
As for women's health, PP does not do mammograms. PP does do abortions, which have no proven health benefits but plenty of adverse health effects on the mother, not to mention the dead child.
PP also procures temporary or permanent sterility (the opposite of healthy fertility) for countless women, and when that effort fails and the women become pregnant, PP is happy to sell them an abortion.
National women's health care provider? Baloney!
Senior litigation counsel,
American Center for Law and Justice
Those providing access to firearms are real criminals
In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, one aspect of gun violence which deserves more attention in the media is the issue of criminal liability for the negligent storage of firearms.
A study of 37 school shootings showed that 65 percent of shooters obtained the gun from their home or a relative's home. Unlocked firearms in homes also contribute to higher accidental, intentional and suicidal shootings.
Child access prevention laws, which impose criminal liability for allowing children access to firearms, have proved to be effective through reduced accidents and deaths. Such laws vary greatly state by state, with the toughest imposing liability when children gain access to guns even if they do not use them.
It is time to apply these strict laws at the federal level, and to expand them to address access not only by children, but by any dependents living at home, especially those with mental illnesses.
Rather than focusing on parents who allow their children to play violent video games, the media should focus on the real criminals: parents who allow (through negligence or otherwise) their children or mentally ill dependents to play with guns.