If you protect lives, then protect children

I find myself puzzled by recent events. I wonder why people who call themselves "pro-life" are committed to protecting the lives of the unborn, yet those same people don't care enough about protecting children in schools from being massacred to see that laws are changed. They protest abortions, sometimes to the point of violence at clinics, yet don't ban assault rifles or make it harder to obtain a gun. I know — the Second Amendment.

But does anyone really believe the writers of the amendment had in mind what we live with now because of the proliferation of guns? If it's important to you to protect unborn lives, then start agitating to protect children who are already here.

Cathy Dreger


The fight for choice begins anew for us

A Supreme Court stacked with partisan justices stolen by corrupt politicians has overturned Roe with its recent ruling on Dobbs and gutted the federal protection of abortion rights and control over women's bodies. I'm here to say that we won't go back, and we won't back down.

The Dobbs ruling will impact people of color and poor people the most. People of means and privilege, mostly white women, who can afford the travel, expenses and potential wage loss, will continue to get abortions. Make. No. Mistake.

I won't stop fighting for abortion justice, and I'm not alone. You'll hear us. Millions of us; our voices loud, fierce and united. You'll see us. Millions of us; strong, committed, continuing the fight for abortion rights in our cities, towns and state houses across the country.

We will go to the polls. We will vote for elected officials that support protective federal abortion legislation and abortion rights in our states. And we will fight until we defeat every candidate, every legislator, who wants to impose bans on our bodies.

I will vote. And I am not alone.

Shelby Cobb


Will they be coming for me the next time?

Pastor Martin Niemoeller spent seven years in a concentration camp for his opposition to the Nazis. Let me update one of his quotes. Maybe you will realize the parallels.

First they came for immigrants, and I did not speak up because I was not an immigrant.

Then they came for the transgender community, and I did not speak out because I was not transgender.

Then they came for a women's right to have an abortion; again I did not speak out because I was not a woman.

Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.

William Hubers, East Ridge


Adams will work to expand CARTA

I worked at an engineering firm in Denver back in the early 1990s. Our company handled the research and development for Coors Field, which included an extensive transportation study. Where would folks park? How would they get to the ballfield? How were neighborhoods and downtown businesses positively or negatively impacted? If Hamilton County wants to invest large sums of money into projects such as the new Lookouts' stadium, we hinder the potential of these projects without proper public transportation; we also exacerbate current traffic issues.

Hamilton County mayoral candidate Matt Adams is thinking about and planning for the future. He recognizes the need to expand CARTA with investments from the county. Tourists, students and residents would all benefit if public transportation was more accessible and offered an affordable way to get around town.

Now is our time to make sure we have the right leadership in place. Join me in voting for Matt Adams for county mayor.

Lynn Newton