Letters to the editor (12/05/13)


Speak up about abortion
As I read the Albuquerque Journal on Nov. 14, my heart was saddened because Albuquerque rejected the ban on abortion. I had hoped this would pass and many precious unborn babies would be saved.
In praise of this defeat, the director of their campaign, Jennifer Ford, said “Let this be a lesson to all 50 states and the Congress.”
I would say to her, “Not so fast.”
There are many of us that feel that killing the unborn human babies is wrong. And we will not bow down to your “god” of killing these innocent unborn babies.
I am brought to mind the story in the Bible of the prophet Elisha. (1 Kings 19) Elisha was distraught. He thought all the Israelites were worshiping Baal and not following after God. God answered him saying … “I reserve seven thousand in Israel — all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal.”
I would like to think, we as a Christian nation, will not bow down to these liberal abortion practices.
I am a mother of three, a grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of 22. What a wonderful gift they bring to my life, but I have a deep hurt for the little ones who are not given a chance to live and to the family of missing the joy that this little baby could bring.
This mother of the unborn baby never has a chance to rock her baby. The grandmother of the unborn never gets to make cookies for her unborn grandbaby, and the great-grandmother never gets to hold her unborn great-grandbaby with such pride. How sad!
I am also reminded of one grandmother who went against what “Pro Choice” folks say is the right thing to do. This grandmother’s daughter was the victim of rape at the age of 11. The grandmother raised this baby.
Ethel Waters was this baby. Ethel Waters became the most famous gospel singer of all time. What a gift she gave to the whole world!
No, we can’t change the election vote in Albuquerque, but we can stand up and speak up for the innocent unborn, who doesn’t have a vote for him or herself.

Eleanor Lake Love
Los Lunas

Abortion business not wanted
There is some false information being promoted on the Internet about the proposed ordinance to ban abortions on babies past 20 weeks of gestation in Valencia County.
This ordinance does not limit a woman’s ability or right to get a late-term abortion. If she wants one, she will drive or take the train to Albuquerque to get one just like she does now.
This ordinance simply forbids a business to come into (the unincorporated areas of) Valencia County to perform abortions after 20 weeks.  As far as anyone knows, we don’t have a business like that in our county now and we hope to never have one. Isn’t Albuquerque close enough?
It is easier to prevent a business from opening here than to try to close it down.
The truth is that most of the abortions of late-term babies in Albuquerque are preformed on women who live out of state. We would not like to be a magnet for women all over the nation to fly in to get a very late-term abortion here as they now are doing in Albuquerque.
We have a right to determine what types of businesses are established in our county, like we have done with a chicken processing plant, a power generating plant, a race track, etc.  We can act to protect the rural values and character of our county.

Patricia Esquibel
Bosque Farms

Abortion is homicide
Only justifiable homicide is justifiable. This has nothing to do with when … either before or after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The desire to escape the consequences of promiscuity falls short of justifiable cause for depriving a living being of their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The recent election in Albuquerque asked the wrong question. Voters just decided to allow expectant mothers and conspiring physicians to decide if homicide is justifiable independently of police, attorneys, judges, juries or courts.
Abortion is premeditated homicide, the premeditated termination of a living being. It’s not a decision that society should leave to any individual without requiring reasonable justification. The word “abortion” is a smoke-and-mirrors term that hides the reality that termination of a human life is a homicide.
Abortion should be treated under law as any other homicide. Homicides should be investigated to determine if evidence warrants exoneration or prosecution and trial of both the expectant mother and her doctor.
Valencia County ought not repeat the mistake of our neighbors to the north. Call abortion what it is — premeditated homicide.

Paul Burnett
Los Lunas

Thanks to those who gave
The Mid Rio Grande Retired and Senior Volunteer Program staff would like to take this opportunity to thank all the organizations and individuals that provided support, donations and volunteer time to those in need during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday.
Due to the team efforts of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, Knights of Columbus of Belen, Steve and Lenore Pena, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wallace, the First Presbyterian Church of Belen, Belen High School Staters Club, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Multicultural Commission, the Moose Lodge of Belen, Elks Lodge of Belen, Noblin Funeral Service, Romero Funeral Service and Walmart in Los Lunas, more than 200 needy families and senior citizens in Belen and surrounding areas were provided with a Thanksgiving or Christmas food basket.
RSVP staff thanks these organizations, churches and individuals for their support, cooperation and donations.
You made a difference and made the holidays joyful for more than 200 area families. We look forward to working with you again in 2014.
Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Bertha Flores
RSVP Director