LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Kudos to Danny Jordan for his guest opinion Oct. 11 calling for the participation of men in the struggle for domestic peace.

As project director of the Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon, I want you to know our organization promotes health care for the underserved populations of Douglas, Jackson and Josephine counties. Our staff understands the complexities of family life and the need for education and interventions in the lives of families.

The high-risk pregnant and parenting women we serve often suffer from maternal depression and anxiety during the prenatal and postpartum periods and need partners and community men to extend compassion and to be a safe resource.

Let us continue to work diligently to provide safe and supportive environments for our newborns, mothers and families. — Lillian Koppelman, Project Director, Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon

As a longtime advocate of populist causes, I'd like to share the inspiration I draw from those camped out near the New York Embezzlements Exchange, near St. Crassus' Cathedral in London, and everywhere from Athens to Ashland.

Many of our ancestors, in many wars, laid down lives and limbs to create a United States of America that would belong to all its citizens. That dream is simultaneously threatened and calling us out for a glorious moment of American struggle and change.

While 1 percent hold 40 percent of the wealth, American kids go without winter coats, cancer patients go without treatment and the disabled usually can't get adequate services to lead acceptable lives. Instead, billionaires amass more yachts and mansions than six generations could use, and play a game of capitalist darts in which money is just the scoreboard and we're the dartboard. — Sean Lawlor Nelson, Ashland

Brad Martinkovich (Oct. 5) suggests that simply leaving a door open shouldn't obligate a couple to "provide (a couch-sleeping stranger) with shelter, food, medical care and tuition ... ."

Martinkovich's stranger is an illegal immigrant. It may surprise him that abortion advocates sometimes make the same argument regarding abortion — that preborn babies are invaders and therefore merit nothing from their parents.

Suppose it isn't an illegal immigrant in the couple's house but their own child? Of course, the couple are obligated to "provide ... shelter, food (and) medical care." This obligation trumps the parents' "choice" and bodily rights.

Why must parents care for their children? Kids don't wander into their parents' lives through an open door. Parents create their child, incapable of caring for herself. The child is "in the house" because parents forced her there. Because parents cause their child's dependency, they're indebted to fulfill her needs. Like all debts, parental obligation should be enforced by law.

When do parents cause their child's neediness? When the child's life begins: at conception. Therefore, parental obligation begins at conception.

To reject your baby, born or preborn, is like forcing the child up in an airplane and kicking her out to her death. It's called murder. — Jacob O. Layer, Medford

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