With tremendous heartache, I have been reading about Dylan Farrow’s grief over the accolades that her adoptive father, Woody Allen, recently received (“Another view of Woody Allen,” op-ed column, Feb. 4).
I read Mr. Allen’s lawyer defending him, stating that Ms. Farrow had been used as a pawn by her mother, Mia Farrow. She is not a pawn. She is a daughter, sister, mother, wife, and friend.
It is unfathomable to me that someone could even suggest that a mother would do that to her own child. Sexual abuse is serious. I am a mother who has seen such incredible pain. No mother would ever voluntarily subject her child to so much torment.
I am grateful that Ms. Farrow is a survivor, and has found happiness. That is a wall that most of us couldn’t climb.
Help our citizens before others
I agree with U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez (“Extend jobless benefits,” op-ed column, Jan. 28). While Congress refuses to spend money to extend the emergency unemployment compensation program, it frivolously blows billions of dollars on foreign aid. Much of this aid goes to Pakistan, Egypt, and Iraq, nations that have little or no loyalty to us.
Compassion for other nations is good, but not at the expense of our citizens in need. If we cannot afford to extend jobless benefits, then we cannot afford foreign aid.
It’s past time that citizens demand that Congress get its priorities right, Republicans and Democrats alike, or vote in lawmamkers who will.
Execution was torture, revenge
The gruesome death of Dennis McGuire is not justice or karma; it was state-sanctioned torture (“McGuire’s death part of karma,” Readers’ Forum, Jan. 27).
Gov. John Kasich and the state proceeded with his execution after they were warned that prolonged suffocation was a likely complication. Regardless of the crime he was convicted of, the blatant disregard of McGuire’s constitutional protections threatens these protections for every citizen.
Exacting “eye for an eye” revenge and condoning what has been done in our name weaken the moral fabric of our society.
Bible points out execution stand
To the letter writer who asked, “Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?” (“Death penalty point of revulsion,” Readers’ Forum, Jan. 25):
We don’t do it to show that killing people is wrong. We do it because God commanded that we do it as punishment. Executions are revolting in order to motivate us not to kill people.