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Over the summer of 2010 I began to ask myself, "what do you do if two of our Rights, as citizens of these United States, are diametrically opposed?" I came to the only viable conclusion: you compromise. Our great Nation works when there is compromise.

Right now most of you will agree with me that our political system is broken. What we currently have is: the politics of destruction; special interest groups who have the power and money to dictate policy; politicians who must spend their time raising money for the next election instead of doing the People's business; and, there are those who are so concerned about getting re-elected they cede their responsibilities to the citizenry to those groups making the loudest noises and the greatest threats.

The attacks that we were inundated with during the this election cycle belittled the democratic process. Shame on everyone involved. And, shame on the political obstructionists who are more interested in gaining and maintaining power than doing the people’s business. During these very difficult times all of us should be supporting our President. The challenge for all of us is, how do we improve upon this imperfect union that we call the United States of America? One thing I know for is not by dividing us.

I can remember when I was sixteen years old there was a day when my father called out to me, "Jackie, come quickly. You have to hear this. It's Winston Churchill. Come listen." I raced to the radio and for the first time heard a recording of Churchill's speech to a Nation standing alone against the greatest evil the world has ever known: "...we shall defend our island no matter what the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; and we shall not surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until in God's good time, the New World, with all it's power and might, steps forth to the rescue and liberation of The Old."

That day my hero was born. Where are our heroes today? jkt

Saturday, August 25, 2012


I cringe when I think of the possibility that the GOP and Right to Lifers may succeed in banning abortions amd restricting birth control. I grew up when women didn't have the rights they enjoy today. The Republicans are chipping away at women's freedoms and our privacy. I hope the young women of today don't wake up one morning and find themselves stripped of those rights.

When I was a young woman, someone very close to me got pregnant. The father was a military man temporarily stationed near by. He had no interest in becoming a father. This young woman was desparate. The social stigma attached to an unmarried pregnant woman, fear of her father and her inability to raise a child on her own drove her to seek an abortion. Desparate, she flew all alone to her destination and had an abortion. She made it back home, thank God. However, within a day she was hemorrhaging and was rushed to the hospital. She survived, but she was never able to bear children because of that botched abortion performed in a back room in the slums of Pittsburg, PA.

Women have always sought out methods to prevent pregnancy and there have always been abortions. The fact is that there will always be abortions. It's just a matter of whether they will be available to everyone, no matter their socio-economic class and whether they will be performed safely in a sterile medical environment.

Statistics show the links between family planning and a Nation's increased prosperity and security. Do we want a strong and prosperous country or do we want to sink back into the dark ages of servitude?