Letters to the Editor (1/26/2013)

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Thanks Shorty
Editor:
If there was ever a person who generated respect for police officers, it would be my friend, Officer Vaiza. And we still have the photo of him in the top of a big tree dragging our psycho cat down from the top branches. The cat was fine, Shorty was clawed from head to toe. Simply put, you sir were a good cop and loved by all.
Frank Etscorn, Socorro

Birthright invites healing
Editor:
On Dec. 14, 26 people were gunned down in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school; 20 were first-graders. Since then the media has focused our attention on guns. That same day in December, and every day since then, more than 3,280 babies each day were aborted in the United States. The actions that caused those abortions were no less deliberate than that of the 20-year-old man in Newtown.
We shudder to think of the loss of life. But even more pathetic is the heartless attitudes of the mothers who turned their backs on their own babies for the sake of their careers or personal plans. Sometimes the mothers were forced by relatives to have an abortion. They didn’t want the inconvenience. They didn’t want the responsibility. It is a pathetic testimony about our society that so few voices object to these self-centered heartless attitudes.
Since Jan. 21, 1973, when the Supreme Court ruled that abortion is legal, some old myths have been exposed. Many thought that a fetus was no more than a small part of the mother’s body, like a hangnail that could be removed if it were bothersome. Since then scientists have convinced us that the genetic makeup of that one cell, resulting from the sperm impregnating the egg, is uniquely different from both the father’s and the mother’s genetic makeup. The one cell is not a part of the mother. If allowed it will attach to the placenta and will receive nourishment from the mother. A pregnant woman is a mother. And no mother has the right to kill her own baby. And no father has a right to kill his son or daughter whom he thinks has brought shame on the family.
There is much anguish and sorrow when we discuss these atrocities. But we can be thankful that there is forgiveness for repentant souls who seek God’s mercy. Jesus’ beloved apostle John wrote, “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”
Birthright of Socorro is one caring organization that can help mothers.
Let the healing begin.
Doug May, Socorro

Donation appreciated
Editor:
Recently La Tienda Secunda Thrifty had made a very generous donation to Socorro village and Vista Montano, and we wanted to voice appreciation for the hard work that this organization and the volunteers that run it do for the benefit of the elderly in the community. Once again, a big thanks to La Tienda Secunda Thrifty for their support and thoughtfulness.
Mary Ann Chavez-Lopez, Jeanie McGoven and Camille Scielzi