Letters to the Editor
PROUD OF PRIDEFEST
I remember the very early days of PrideFest in Springfield (“PrideFest draws thousands,” May 23). The LGBTQ community in Springfield is brave, determined and has been a role model to LGBTQ communities throughout the state. Springfield, Bloomington, Decatur and Peoria are proud!
PROFITS BEFORE PEOPLE
In your recent article on cuts at Gatehouse (“Gatehouse loves stockholders, not newspapers,” May 23) you quote the CEO as saying “The thing that we always have to think about and remember is that our first objective is always what’s the best thing for our shareholders...”. I wish a reporter or shareholder would ask him what he thinks that means.
How is destroying the value of your investment good for shareholders? If I drive my car without changing the oil my income will increase for a while, but long term will not be good for my bottom line. I think a lot of CEOs get confused about the difference between what’s best for shareholders and their personal quarterly bonuses.
Edwin R. Taft
OVERTURNING SETTLED LAWS
I read Rebecca Anzel’s recent article, “Demanding action on liberalizing abortion law” (May 23). As stated in the article, Alabama’s new law was basically intended to get the abortion issue back before the Supreme Court for reconsideration.
Regardless of what one thinks about abortion itself, hardly anyone believes the Roe v. Wade decision is constitutionally sound. Even Justice Ginsburg is confounded by it. The basic problem is the Roe decision is founded on some novel theory of “penumbras” and “emanations,” creating a privacy right that not even our founders knew existed.
With New York and Virginia now expanding abortion rights into the realm of infanticide, pushback from states like Alabama was predictable. If and when the Supreme Court agrees to revisit its abortion decision, be prepared for the Democrats’ battle cry of “stare decisis.” But the Court has corrected itself before, and given the flimsy law behind Roe and with only 25% of the public in favor of unrestricted abortion, pro-life advocates are eager to get the right case back before the Court. Radical feminists have good reason to worry about the future of Roe, which accounts for their legislative hissy-fit and publicity stunt this week.
While pro-abortion harpies like Rep. Cassidy and Sen. Bush will be the first to argue Roe is settled law and thus inviolate, these radical Democrats would be among the first to support overturning the court’s landmark decisions in the McDonald v. City of Chicago and District of Columbia v. Heller Second Amendment cases, “stare decisis” be damned! Hypocrisy is alive and well in the Illinois legislature.