Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)


Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)


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E. A. Howard, Evansville

Elected women bring compassion to office

As we review the results of the Nov. 6 election, we see hopeful signs reflected in the election of female candidates who share core values. It is encouraging to see the growing number of women serving in the U.S. House and Senate. In New Hampshire, their capital delegation is composed entirely of women. Women bring a humane perspective to core values such as peace, compassion, human and civil rights, fairness in the workplace and the protection of children. These values are manifested in the prospect of affordable health care, the continuing protection of a woman's right to choose, growing support among the young for samegender marriages, now hassle-free service for gays in the armed forces, and some consumer protection against predatory financiers and usurious moneylenders. It is good to see a compassionate man return to the White House. With strong support from the top military brass, he abolished the insidious "don't ask, don't tell" policy which nudged out an estimated 17,000 experienced men and women from the armed forces. In an act of compassion, he endorsed samegender marriages, and he has defended federal funding for Planned Parenthood, a critical and often only source of affordable health care for poor women. In Missouri and Indiana, we saw radical senatorial candidates shoot themselves in their respective feet by making outrageous and clumsy remarks about abortion and rape, resulting in the election of two moderate candidates. In Massachusetts, we saw the election of Elizabeth Warren, who has struggled effectively for consumer protection. And back home in Indiana, Gail Riecken, an advocate for abused children, was re- elected to the Indiana General Assembly. Unfortunately, crippling legislation restricting the rights of gays and women are sure to surface again, and quite possibly with the governor's blessing. There are now 20 women in the U.S. Senate and seven female governors. That's a good start. It may be a long time before women, who comprise 51 percent of the population, achieve parity, but it is sure to come. We welcome it for the reasons cited.

Bill McKeon, Evansville

'Weekend Christian' isn't good enough

The American media says the United States is a Christian nation, but is it rather a nation of weekend Christians? We go to church on Saturday or Sunday and proclaim we are practicing our faith because we are giving God this one hour of worship. …

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