Attorney general wages war on women
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- We have lived and worked in West Virginia for many years and have been outspoken advocates about many social justice issues. We believe strongly in a woman's right to make informed decisions about her own body and her own health.
We absolutely disagree with Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's dictatorial style and the changes he is making, including his unnecessary attack on licensed health facilities that offer abortion services.
We want our state tax money used to fund activities like a strong consumer advocate division which has always been of great service to West Virginians, especially the elderly. We don't want our state tax money used to launch an attack on the already-limited options for a pregnant woman facing one of the most difficult decisions of her life.
We wish West Virginia had a Planned Parenthood chapter which could help mobilize opposition to Morrisey's "regulatory review." It seems clear from his short time in office that his years spent representing wealthy corporations as a lobbyist in D.C. have blinded him to the real-life struggles and challenges of the ordinary, often extraordinary, people who live in this state.
Mr. Morrisey, please take the all that money that helped you come to West Virginia, and go somewhere else!
Tell the truth about Civil War leaders
In response to Howard Swint's letter about Gen. Robert E. Lee: He always wants to put down Confederate heroes, but he never tells the truth about his Union heroes.
He said that Gen. Lee didn't like black people, but what about President Lincoln? He said in his debates with Douglas that blacks were inferior to whites and would always be in servitude to them. He did not want to make them equal. He was making arrangements to send many to other countries. His wife had a black maid who was not a slave but also was not paid because she was black. He was not against slavery for moral purposes but political ones. Many Union generals including Grant had slaves before, during and after the War Between the States.
Slavery started in the North long before it was in the South, and there were still slaves in the North after the war. Many of the biggest slaveowners were free blacks who did not want to end slavery. There would not have been a war if Lincoln had let the southern states leave as they wanted to and had a right to. He did not want to lose the tariffs he was collecting from the southern states. If they had agreed to pay higher taxes, he would have made sure slavery was not a problem. Lincoln violated the Constitution more times than our present president, if that is possible.
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