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Justice Thomas’ telling omission

Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurrence with the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade further proposes the need to overturn the series of cases establishing personal privacy rights on the same basis and rationale. He lists Griswold v. Connecticut (married couples’ access to birth control), Lawrence v. Texas (same-sex sexual activity legal), and Obergefell v. Hodges (same-sex marriage).

Surprisingly, he fails to mention a similarly decided case, also founded in the 14th Amendment, that goes to the heart of his own personal privacy rights: Loving v. Virginia (interracial marriage). Is this an innocent, although glaring, oversight or the height of cynical judicial selectivity? Disappointingly, the dissenting justices do not point out this haunting discrepancy. As the saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for!”

Craig McDonald


Trump’s coup

Each day the curtain is pulled back a little further to reveal the extent and criminality of Trump’s coup attempt following the 2020 election. The ugly truths of his involvement are now undeniable to all of us.

I may be wrong, but I’m forced to conclude the ongoing danger to our country is not just the occasional narcissistic, mentally imbalanced but charismatic crackpot that rises to power; but the 30-40% of our fellow Americans who have been duped in the echo chamber of right-wing media and the internet into believing the Big Lie. Alternately and even more concerning, some of these Americans seem willing to subvert our democracy to achieve their ideologic goals even though they know Trump lost.

In any event, the facts now evident show how close we came on Jan.6 to losing our democracy. Ironically, it was Republicans steeped in our American values who had the courage to stand up to immense presidential pressure, while enduring risks to their careers, their families, and themselves to save it. Regrettably, the danger is not over.

Bruce Van Zee


Roe v. Wade overturned

Today is a sad day for all women, especially those of childbearing years. The Supreme Court has taken the extreme measure of overturning Roe v. Wade, a law that ensured reproductive control over their bodies.

To quote Nancy Pelosi, “A woman’s fundamental health decisions are her own to make, in consultation with her doctor and her loved ones — not to be dictated by far-right politicians. This cruel ruling is outrageous and heart-wrenching. But make no mistake: The rights of women and all Americans are on the ballot this November” .

My only hope is that she is right, that the majority of Americans who support a woman’s right to control her own body will vote out the politicians who have rolled back this important law. I am old enough to have witnessed friends endure back-alley abortions in the early ’70s, and to return to that time is unthinkable. Abortions must be safe, legal and rare!

Katharine Lang