Letters to the editor: May 7, 2022

Precedent must never outweigh principle

I see that every letter printed in (Thursday’s) Herald is from somebody bemoaning the presumed Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, just as earlier courts overturned other precedents like the Dred Scott decision and Plessy v. Ferguson.

Precedent must never outweigh principle.

Human life begins at conception. By definition, the deliberate and premeditated taking of a human life is murder.

— Robert Hellam, Seaside

Alito draft decision cites jurist Sir Matthew Hale

Devout Catholic Justice Samuel Alito, who apparently had a slight problem with the Eighth Commandment during his confirmation hearings, could not find the right to have an abortion (or die with dignity, marry someone of the same gender or a different race, or, if you’re a woman, leave home without a burka and male relative) in the Catechism, errrr, Constitution. But he did find plenty of support for his position in the writings of 17th Century English jurist, Sir Matthew Hale, who had two women executed for “witchcraft,” believed 14-year-olds should be eligible for capital punishment and wrote in support of a marital rape exemption.

Now we know that a large number of the rulers of Republican states are preparing to follow Texas, Alabama and Florida, etc., in turning those states into concentration camps for pregnant women. And, by the way, “people” don’t get pregnant, “women” do. Now is not the time to sacrifice the much more important issue on the altar of extreme political correctness. We also know that women, and perhaps thousands of them, are going to die in these camps, in childbirth, from ectopic pregnancies or carrying dead fetuses like the woman in Ireland, at the hands of back-alley butchers, on the ends of wire coat hangers or knitting needles, from drinking some old-fashioned concoctions ala “The Phantom Of The Opera,” or even from suicide. But so what? First of all, none of those women was ever going to vote Republican. And second, if you ask any Catholic priest or other conservative clergyMAN, he’ll tell you that all of those women were going to hell, anyway.

— Diane Kelsey, North County

Supporting Jake Odello for county education board

I am so excited to see Jake Odello running for the Monterey County Board of Education. His determination and perseverance are second to none. I have known Jake for many years, seen him grow up through our local schools, and now he wants to give back. Jake does not sit on the sidelines; I know he will work tirelessly to represent our community effectively and bring fresh, new ideas with him. In addition, I know Jake to be a team player, and not only will he work for Trustee Area 1, but he will work for all Monterey County alongside the entire board and county superintendent. Voters in Trustee Area 1, which includes the Peninsula, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Valley, Cachagua and Big Sur, should consider Jake Odello for Monterey County Board of Education. Please vote Odello!

— Heidi Markow, Carmel

The Bible does not use the word abortion

There are a lot of comments concerning abortion in the news, due to the leaked Supreme Court draft on Roe v. Wade.

There are citizens and pro-life groups who believe the Bible has statements that abortion is wrong and a sin, though the Bible does not use the word abortion. I would like to point out the Bible has 31 verses about man spilling one’s seed and this too is wrong and a sin.

Why then is it not wrong and a sin when a man spills his seed (using a condom?). These citizens and pro-life people never say anything about this.

Allow me to take another approach on this issue. This approach is one of cause and effect. What is the cause of pregnancy? A union of a man and a woman. Why then is not the man part of this discussion? Why is the woman carrying (no pun intended) all the responsibly?

If we are going to burden a woman with an unwanted pregnancy, should we not burden the man who caused this pregnancy? I suggest a law stating “wrongful conception” as a civil offense. This will allow us to collect revenue to support all or most of the unwanted births that result if this law is struck down.

— Joe Zoccali, Salinas

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