Facts which were left out by Holtzman
Elizabeth Holtzman's article (Other Voices, Dec. 10) was interesting because so many facts were left out.
Fact 1: The Baltimore Crisis Pregnancy Center is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers who provide counseling, locate housing, jobs, plug individuals into social services, provide maternity and baby clothes and, most important, insure that within 10 days an expectant mother will have prenatal care. All this is done in an atmosphere that is non- threatening; the woman is as free to walk out the door as she is to walk in. And all is done without the massive financial support that Planned Parenthood receives.
Fact 2: There are high schools in the area which enable the pregnant teen-ager and her baby to attend classes. There are also numerous other organizations, churches and families which provide similar loving care for women and babies.
Fact 3: The FDA just approved a new contraceptive which can be relatively painlessly implanted into a woman's arm and is effective for up to five years with no serious side effects. It is 99 percent effective.
Fact 4: Post-abortion stress is becoming a nationally known mental problem. So far, it has only been organizations like the Crisis Pregnancy Center which have trained counselors to help women deal with this stress and to educate other professionals in the psychiatric field about this problem. There is no such counseling offered in Planned Parenthood for women victimized by abortion.
I would suspect that Planned Parenthood's true agenda is purely financial. It does cost money to care for people, to educate them, to help them get back into society. The losses in education Ms. Holtzman cites are a drop in the bucket compared to the profitability of abortions.
Pro-life people are not rigid people with draconian desires to punish the unfortunate unwed mother. We care for both the mother and the child.
Nancy A. Young
A suggestion regarding the Persian Gulf crisis that may work and avoid a destructive war. The Pennsylvania Dutch have a word for it: "shunning."
If all nations would cut off all communication with Iraq, remove all embassy personnel and refuse to buy any goods from or sell any goods to Iraq, I believe in a few months Saddam Hussein would be forced to capitulate. It's worth a try if all would cooperate.
Erwin L. Koerber
By this time, most of your readers have received their annual Christmas Seal campaign letter from the American Lung Association of Maryland, the Christmas Seal people.
Although I know that our citizens support this fund-raising appeal every year, I would like to emphasize the importance of continuing that support.
Contributions make it possible for the ALAM to provide free services in our area, including smoking prevention programs for school children, educational support groups for adult lung disease patients, programs for children with asthma and their families and educational programs to prevent lung disease.
As a volunteer for the association, I know how important these services are. Contributions to the Christmas Seal campaign do make a difference in our community.
This is the time of year when one sees wreaths, holly, mistletoe and other greenery decorating buildings. These practices are nothing new; at least 3,000 years ago these things were done in ancient Rome.
In a festival called Saturnalia, in honor of Saturn, their god of agriculture, the Romans lavishly decorated their homes, temples and statues of gods and goddesses with green boughs, garlands, holly, etc. They believed the woodland spirits had to leave their homes and wander around in the cold during the pagan winter solstice feast.
The ancient Romans believed that if they gave these creatures shelter, the spirits, in turn, would bring them good luck the rest of the year. So to entice them inside, people hung evergreens, especially holly, over their doors at the yuletide. Government offices, courts, schools and businesses were closed. Weapons were laid down. Citizens exchanged gifts and indulged in much eating, drinking, gaming and visiting. Masked revelers on the streets engaged in riotous celebration.
America has been characterized as a Christian country. But if it were, it wouldn't follow this pagan practice.
Is it prudent to spend thousands of dollars to light a Christmas tree when many of our citizens have no food, shelter or warm clothing?
Is it prudent for our elected officials to drive around in chauffeured limousines when less ostentatious vehicles would get them to their destination?
Is it prudent for the American people to continue paying the frivolous bills for our crafty, cunning politicians to take their families on unwarranted Caribbean vacations? The list could go on and on.