Opinion: Letters to the Editor

Letters for Jan. 14

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Opinion,Letters to the Editor

NCAA should shut down Nittany Lions for good

Re: "Pa. governor sues NCAA over Sandusky," Jan. 3

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has struck a blow against decency and for trial-lawyer enrichment with his legal action against the NCAA.

The NCAA should respond by doing what it should have done in the first place: immediately, totally, and permanently abolish the whole football program at Penn State in addition to the hefty fines it has already issued.

Andrew Margrave

Fairfax

Most vulnerable are destroyed, not protected

Re: "Planned Parenthood reports record year for abortions," Jan. 7

Two related news stories demonstrate a failure to protect our most vulnerable. The first is Planned Parenthood's most recent annual report showing it performed 333,964 abortions -- an all-time high. The second is the sharp criticism aimed at Virginia state Sen. Thomas Garrett, R-Hadensvile, for introducing legislation to eliminate taxpayer funding for abortions when a baby has genetic abnormalities.

Forty-five percent of Planned Parenthood's $1.5 billion empire is funded with taxpayer dollars. Abortion industry apologists like state Sen. Donald McEachin, D-Richmond, worry that without taxpayer funding to abort them, more children who he believes are "tragically incompatible with life" would be born.

His statement is like icy water thrown in our faces. What does it say about our society when nearly 50 percent of all pregnancies in Richmond- and 63 percent of African-American pregnancies -- end in abortion?

The death-defying alternative is found in our nation's community-based pregnancy centers, which are supported by private donations and staffed by caring professionals and more than 71,000 volunteers. They provide compassionate medical, relational and material support that empower women and men to make life-affirming choices and enable them to parent children they bring into the world.

Nobody should get to decide that someone is "incompatible with life" just because they are vulnerable.

Roland Warren

CEO, Care Net

Landsdowne

RFID chips can easily be abused

Re: "Equip all firearms with GPS, RFID chips," From Readers, Dec. 30

Joseph Ryles may be a competent computer engineer, but he does not know how to think like a hacker.

Remember the debit card problem? Hackers with RFID readers they bought on eBay were reading card numbers just by passing within a few feet of the cardholder. People had to start shielding their cards with a small sleeve.

Show me an RFID gun, and I'll show you an RFID shielded holster or even a simple coating that requires no expertise to acquire or apply. If a hacker really wants to get evil, he can extract the RFID from one gun and implant it into another, or better yet, affix it to your neighbor's dog. How creepy is that?

If RFIDs become industry standard, cartels and organized crime will quickly learn how to sidestep the safeguards and force law enforcement to chase their tails. All the while, those of us who actually obey the law will have compromised our privacy.

Brian Wrenn

Washington

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