SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio -- The Plain Dealer on Jan. 28 reported on the well-attended "March For Life" annual event in Washington, D.C. Supporting this event was Vice President Mike Pence. The vice president stated that President Donald Trump had asked him to attend this rally.
The assembled marchers, advocates for "Life," never mentioned or advocated for the preservation of life's elements: clear air and clear water. What about the air that mothers and children breathe for life? President Trump's tweets, statements and actions indicate a disregard for life's sustaining elements. The president's nominations of Scott Pruitt for the Environmental Protection Agency (water and air) and Rick Perry for Energy (methane and sulfur emissions) pose an assault on the clean air and water that support life.
On the health front, new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price selectively opposes women's health and marginalizes low-income women and children who have benefited under the Affordable Care Act. In so doing, Congressman Price undermines life-supporting systems.Ken Freeze wants a healthy environment for the next generation.Ken Freeze
An accurate title for this D.C. march should have been a 'March for Fetuses." This would speak accurately to the event with the implied disregard for children to be born healthy and grow to be productive adults.
Ken Freeze says he is lucky to have a best friend, his wife, in his life, and lists among his concerns a healthy environment and an educational system that prepares our youth to be informed participants in a democracy.
About this project: As part of an effort to bring a greater diversity of voices to bear on timely issues, Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer are reaching out to 18 published letter writers every few weeks -- five who appeared from their letters to be conservatives, five liberals, and eight who wrote in apparently neutral ways about issues. For this installment, we asked for brief commentaries either on Trump's words versus his actions or on the $140 million Quicken Loans Arena upgrades in Cleveland. Eleven of the 18 said they would write; all had submitted their essays as of Tuesday morning. We also received a Trump essay mailed in by one person we'd reached out to in the prior round, for 12 essays in all -- two on the arena upgrades, which we posted separately, and 10 on President Trump. Several of the letter writers whom we contacted did not wish to write on either topic and asked us to reach out to them with another set of questions as the project continues, which we will do.
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