Homegrown

terrorists

The crazed zealots who promote the murder of American citizens such as George Tiller are no better than crazed Muslim jihadists ("Abortion provider is killed in church," Monday).

They form the same domestic terrorist groups that promote torture, castigate judges who display "empathy," send troops off to die for fictitious causes, stand silent when innocent prisoners are cruelly executed, stand silent as children suffer from poverty, deny the citizens of this country basic civil and human rights, and proclaim their Christianity loudly and with no shame.

When certain people loudly complain that they don't want terrorists from Guantanamo in their backyards, let's remind everyone that there are plenty of homegrown terrorists already among us - and they are not confined to prisons, but are walking free to plan and commit more acts of terrorism.

Karen Porter

West Chester

He was more

than a provider

What a tragic headline: "Abortion provider is killed in church."

Tragic because George Tiller was so much more than an "abortion provider." He was a man, a husband, a father, a grandfather, and an active Christian. Tragic because Tiller cared enough about people facing pregnancies that have gone unexpectedly and horribly wrong that he risked his own life to help them. Tragic because most Americans know nothing about late-term abortion except what the extremists tell them.

In truth, the procedure accounts for fewer than one-fifth of 1 percent of all abortions in this country, according to a survey by the Alan Guttmacher Institute.

I suggest that any "pro-life" advocates who are celebrating Tiller's murder as some sort of sick victory read Gretchen Voss' moving piece "My late-term abortion" (Boston Globe, January 25, 2004).

Marie Conn

Hatboro

mconn56@yahoo.com

We must respect

the rights of all

Intolerance is one of the major motivating factors for the creation of this country. "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is one of the most famous phrases in the Declaration of Independence. These three aspects are listed among the "inalienable rights" of "man"; man being the operative word. Perhaps we need to clarify the universality of this word and its relevance to equality for all.

Kudos to Pennsylvania State Sen. Daylin Leach ("Troubled unions," Sunday) for introducing legislation permitting same-sex marriages in Pennsylvania.

Susan Furey

Bala Cynwyd

Simple

lesson

The lesson of the last decade is a simple one: Never entrust a regulatory government to people who don't believe in regulation or government.

Karl Kofoed

Drexel Hill

Fill out

the form

How is asking for a form to be filled out in order to get free breakfast for your child a hardship? If the parent does not care enough to put in the effort, why should anyone else care?

Yes, a child may miss a meal because of a parent's neglect, but just maybe that parent should not have custody of the child in the first place. This might be a sign that an administrator or teacher needs to look further into the matter, so the child could possibly be rescued from a bad situation.

Steve Fournier

Quakertown

Obama's

promise

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised to eliminate the loophole that allows speculators to cause an artificial price for gas. At the present time there is an oversupply of gas, low demand, and refineries operating at 85 percent capacity.

Why is the price of gas going up? The same speculators are controlling the prices. Who are these speculators? The same Wall Street crooks who brought us the recession.

Ron Costello

Warminster