Carter’s qualms can spur change


Former President Jimmy Carter’s expression of anxiety and suspicion about National Security Agency monitoring of his email should capture everyone’s attention (“Jimmy Carter’s qualms,” editorial, March 28).

He has turned to typing his communications to world leaders and personally mailing them through the U.S. Postal Service.

This action by a highly respected citizen may be a small stimulus for person-to-person written communication, and improved literacy and penmanship, especially among our younger generation.


Sylvania Township


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Bridge-closure signs inadequate

With the closing of the Anthony Wayne Bridge, the Ohio Department of Transportation is displaying a lack of common sense (“Anthony Wayne bridge closes for $28.6M fix; Span is not likely to open until 2015,” March 18).

I drove north and south on I-280 and saw at least four signs that said State Route 2 is closed at the Maumee River, and that motorists should use an alternate route. How about providing some alternate routes?

For people familiar with driving in Toledo, using alternate routes should not be a problem. But for truckers and out-of-town drivers, the lack of advance warning leaves a lot to be desired.

Maybe the City of Toledo needs to post its own signs that are more driver-friendly to direct people to downtown events.



Editor’s note: An ODOT spokesman said: “The objective of the I-280 signs is to give motorists advanced warning that the Anthony Wayne Bridge is closed. Should motorists try to cross over the bridge, they can then follow signs posted along the detour.”


Even if it’s illegal, abortion won’t end

In response to your March 26 editorial “Danger and desperation”: I know from having lived when abortion was illegal that it was a money-maker for those who performed abortions.

Making abortion illegal again will create jobs for crooks and make politicians who vote to outlaw abortion earn votes, but abortion will not cease. Those who have the money will be able to pay for a proper medical abortion, while those who have little money will be going to a butcher.

Once our country can ensure that all children will have good nutrition and education, reside in safe neighborhoods, and be in a loving environment, then we could discuss making abortion illegal.

Simply making sure a child is born is not enough. We have plenty of politicians who want to eliminate programs that help children in poor families.




Abortion seen as a convenience

Abortion is murder, period. Although certain circumstances might tilt one’s opinion the other way, abortion is used sometimes as a convenience.

Killing babies has been designated a woman’s right. How sad.