To the editor:
I can understand people’s objection to abortion on religious or moral grounds, and I understand the rationale for not using any of their tax monies or other of their funds to support abortion or, indeed, contraception. I would accept this more easily if we also would prohibit the use of tax dollars to support other governmental activities that are unacceptable to other people as matters of faith or conscience.
- no more public funds for killing people in foreign lands.
- l no more desecration of natural spaces such as the Wakarusa wetlands.
- l no more jailing of huge numbers of mostly young men of color for selling or possessing chemicals comparable in public risk to others that are legal.
- l no more tinkering with the tax system in order to favor the wealthy at the expense of the poor.
- l no more subsidies for oil companies while gasoline prices soar.
- l no more support for a massive arsenal of nuclear weapons.
- l no more limitation of access to voting to prevent largely nonexistent voter fraud.
- l no more support for industries that pollute, such as coal-fired plants, the Keystone XL pipeline and oil sands devastation rather than serious efforts at conservation.
I do understand these are complicated issues, not purely black and white, but it does seem the “conservative” political agenda espouses the abortion issue while rejecting these and other comparable issues.
Please consider this in what passes for political debate this year.