Mike Luckovich’s cartoon about climate change (Opinion, July 2) indicates one of two things to me: that Mr. Luckovich is ignorant of the facts about climate change — a natural event which occurred several times in the last 2,000-plus years — or he is willfully ignoring the facts for political purposes.
It’s one thing to jab at your opponents, and another to base your opposition on ignorance, or to accomplish an end by any means necessary.
EDWARD A. WATKINS, LILBURN
Elections matter more than citizens’ coverage
The urgency to “do something” for the millions of people without access to health care was the driving force behind the way the Affordable Care Act was rammed through Congress. Once we took Nancy Pelosi’s advice to pass the bill, we found that the bill delayed most of its provisions until after the 2012 elections.
Since then, health care bureaucrats have been crafting more than 11,000 pages of regulations dealing with every aspect of the system. Then, we were told that major provisions would be delayed again. Recently, we were told that the major provisions affecting many employers have to wait because “we have listened.”
Someone is listening to their pollsters, maybe — but not the public. As for the plight of the millions of uninsured? Elections matter more than people.
GARY O’NEILL, MARIETTA
Who can be married is state’s right to define
Regarding “Barr has not always been true to DOMA” (Metro, July 3), Bob Barr has DOMA right.
The definition of marriage is the prerogative of the states and the people therein. The federal government (all three branches included) needs to re-learn its constitutional limits. Congressman Barr, unlike many other politicians, understands that the ends don’t justify the means — that mere agreement with a policy imposed by the courts, the executive branch or Congress is no justification for supporting an ever more intrusive central authority.
ROBERT D’AGOSTINO, PROFESSOR, JOHN MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL, ATLANTA
Prayers for heroes who died fighting fire
“To God we belong and to Him shall we return” is the prayer that I said when I read about the 19 firefighters who died in the Arizona blaze.
These courageous men were not looking for any publicity or glamour — nor were they looking for any recognition. They were doing their jobs of protecting everyone and everything from the path of fire. They were brave men, real heroes, and a shining example for the rest of us. May God bless them, and all the brave men and women who risk their lives every day to save others.
May God elevate their status in heaven, and help their families bear this loss.
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