Let’s not distract drivers more with moving art – The Virginian-Pilot
Regarding “What is it on the corner of 23rd Street and West Avenue in Newport News? Art that moves.(May 10): I don’t live in Newport News, but if I did, I’d wonder how much this “sculpture” cost taxpayers. What is the annual maintenance cost of this mobile structure? Is it stable and secure now and in the future? Why didn’t engineers erect something that could charge electric cars, which would have been far more useful than a cute toy? And finally, does Newport News really need to grab the attention of inattentive drivers on a busy downtown street and possibly cause accidents?
Michael Harp, Virginia Beach
Regarding “End Abortion” (Your Views, May 10): I was shocked to see that a person who wrote an anti-abortion letter to the editor said that a woman could choose when to have sex. Has this writer heard of rape? The author also suggested birth control, which will potentially be difficult to access in many states. He also suggested abstinence. Again, there is rape within marriage and outside marriage.
Some women who have late abortions have probably set up a nursery and are eagerly awaiting the birth of a healthy baby. They have to make the heartbreaking choice of terminating a pregnancy when the baby is dead in utero or the baby has no chance of surviving. Men, like the writer, have no place in a woman’s womb.
Lynn Davidson, Chesapeake
People should be concerned about the position of the United States Supreme Court on abortion, because the issue depends solely on religious belief. There is no scientific evidence that human life begins at conception. This is why a fertilized egg is called a zygote, then an embryo and finally a fetus. No scientist would say that the fetus can survive outside the womb for at least 22 weeks. Only some Christians believe that life begins at conception, but nothing in the Bible, Old or New Testament forbids abortion. Neither Jesus nor Saint Paul spoke of abortion.
The first teaching on abortion took place at the end of the first century and the beginning of the second century in the Didache and the Apocalypse of Peter, which condemned abortion. Those who would impose a law prohibiting abortion do so solely on the basis of their religious beliefs. This imposes a religious belief on all Americans contrary to the First Amendment of the Constitution. Roe v. Wade declares that a law prohibiting abortion is unconstitutional.
Now, solely on the basis of politics, the court is set to overturn that decision, which means that what is considered constitutional depends on the political and/or religious beliefs of the majority of the justices. Those who support free choice never propose a law that says a person must have an abortion, so what gives those who oppose it the right to say that a woman can never have one? . The answer is that they think their religious belief gives them that right, and that’s what should terrify everyone.
Thomas Vitanza, Virginia Beach
Regarding “Global Pollution” (Your Views, May 10): The letter omitted that although the United States is not the only emitter of greenhouse gases, reducing greenhouse gases at home benefits the health of citizens. The Clean Air Act of 1972 has already saved the health of countless Americans, but we can and do do better.
High inflation and gas prices are obviously not President Joe Biden’s fault. COVID-19 and supply chain issues are some of the reasons, but a surprisingly big part is that companies are raising prices and doing so under the guise of inflation because they think consumers are getting hurt. will simply expect to pay more. They hide behind global inflation to make even more money by raising prices beyond what they need. It has been reported on the news that the CEOs of major corporations have said this to their shareholders, but using fancy terminology.
Georgette Constant, Norfolk