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April 28, 2021

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C-4 Wednesday, April 28, 2021 The Press-Dispatch OPINION Submit Letters to the Editor: Letters must be signed and received by noon on Mondays. Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg Over the last few weeks, Russia has been conducting a sizable mil- itary buildup along its border with Ukraine and in occupied Crimea. These Russian deployments are spontaneous and the Kremlin's plan is unclear. But one thing is certain: The Biden administration is being tested by Moscow. To put it bluntly, Russia invaded Ukraine. Russia illegally occupies Crimea. Russia provoked and now supports a separatist movement in eastern Ukraine that did not previ- ously exist. Russia is the aggressor, and Ukraine is the victim. Modern Ukraine represents the idea that every nation in Europe has the sovereign ability to determine its own path and to decide with whom it has relations and how and by whom it is governed. No outside actor (in this case Russia) should have a veto on membership or closer relations with organizations like NATO. It is in America's interest that Ukraine re- mains independent and sovereign, able to choose its own destiny with- out outside interference. Because Ukraine is not a NATO mem- ber, it does not en- joy a security guar- antee from the U.S. Get exclusive in- sider information from Heritage ex- perts delivered straight to your in- box each week. Sub- scribe to The Agen- da >> However, that does not mean the U.S. must or should sit idly by and do nothing about Russian preda- tions. A massive U.S. military inter- vention to liberate Crimea may be off the table, but it is not the only option. There is plenty the U.S. can do to help Ukraine. The most immediate thing Wash- ington can do is share intelligence with Ukraine about the Russian mili- tary buildup. It should also make sat- ellite imagery of the buildup avail- able to the public. The U.S. should also in- crease its naval presence in- to the Black Sea. Soon after Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2014, the U.S. stepped up its presence in the sea. Since then, however, our naval as- sets there have been drasti- cally reduced. There are levers to pull in northern Europe, too. The U.S. should use Russia's ag- gression in Ukraine as the reason to kill Nord Stream 2 once and for all. Nord Stream 2 is a Rus- sian gas pipeline that will connect Russia directly to Germany through the Baltic Sea. Russia prefers this method because it removes Ukraine from the transit route to European markets. Nord Stream 2 is neither economically necessary, nor is it geo- politically prudent. It is time to end this project. Race for the Cure By Star Parker Points to Ponder By Rev. Ford Bond Last Sunday April 18, the daughter of my son Lawrence and his wife Kel- ly had their daughter's First Commu- nion. They are parishioners of a thriv- ing Church called St. Malachy in Brownsburg IN. Naturally, we all planned to attend such a landmark celebration in Charlotte's young life. To do this, we booked a hotel on Sat- urday April 17 for three rooms for our entire clan, anticipating there will be 11 grandkids who will be at- tending this exciting and important event. We made sure that the hotel had an indoor heated pool, and yes, free breakfast in the morning before we all headed to Church. Brownsburg is 2 ½ to 3 hours from Petersburg. Thank goodness for In- terstate 69. Except for the section in Martinsville which seems to have been forever immersed in detours and con- struction, our trip to Brownsburg was rather pleasant. Weather was good, sunny and not that chilly. We all met at the hotel, and you could feel the excitement of the cousins when they saw each other. Lots of chatter, hollering, hugs and a chorus of what they were going to do. The kids started to plan who was going to stay in which room, without the par- ents knowing what's cooking. It seems like the items we brought with us was for a month-long stay in the hotel. Those of you who have done week- end gatherings with family from out of town, you know there are tons of stuff to pre- pare and haul, from clothes to snacks to swimming pool paraphernalia, to electronic gadgets, to toddler items, etc. Masks were still being en- forced, but in a more downgraded level. Half of the kids wore masks by habit, but as time progressed, they eventually took them off. Checking in was pretty easy. I My Point of View By H. K. Fenol, Jr., M.D. First Communion Continued on page 5 Continued on page 5 Continued on page 5 Continued on page 5 Continued on page 5 Give Me a Break By John Stossel Go green, go nuclear Eye on the Economy By Stephen Moore GOP trustbusters embracing progressive agenda Jesus For The Defense; When Perry Mason Won't Do "You have the right to remain si- lent and refuse to answer ques- tions. Anything you say may be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to consult an at- torney before speaking to the po- lice and to have an attorney present during questioning now or in the fu- ture. If you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed to you before any questioning. Do You Understand These Rights? Needless to say you are in trou- ble! You need Perry Mason, who was the most recognized fictional attor- ney through the Golden Age of Radio and Television and was the creation of Earl Stanly Gardner. Mason was not your typical by-the- book attorney. He knew the law and used it against itself to spring his cli- ents who often were misfits, living on the edge of right/wrong and le- gality and often seemed compliant in the crime he/she were accused of. Mason would use all his legal knowl- edge and tricks to prove his clients innocent. He often would use a cli- ché'; there are two people you nev- er lie to; your doctor and your attor- ney. I would add two others: yourself and God. So what made Perry Mason the lawyer to go to? He knew how to use the law against itself. His methods did not always work, but it befuddled the prosecution. The law is a myriad of technicali- ties and it is etched in stone. Law is Law! No ifs- No ands – No Buts. Tech- nicalities abound. Law does not pro- vide for grace, mercy, or any pardon. Furthermore, ignorance of the law is no excuse. This concept can be traced to the Law of Moses;' the apostle Paul reminded the Church at Rome, "For as many as have sinned without law will also perish with- out law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law… Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin… I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died." From these few passages the Law of Moses seems exacting and Perry Mason has no inside track or tricks to spring the guilty – because you are guilty. All of humanity is charged as a sin- ner and enemy of God. If found guilty you will be condemned to the judge- ment bar, and face eternal banish- ment from God's presence. You cannot talk your way out of punishment here. You will not influ- ence this Judge at all, for the books show you with thousands of sins. You need an advocate –not a defense at- torney. You cannot have a trial by jury, because God rejects the convoluted thinking of your peers. However there is HOPE, not for an attorney, but for an advocate! Six hundred years before the cross, Isa- iah prophesied of a coming Inter- cessor and a Counselor, The Apos- tle John wrote that an Advocate will be found; Paul writes a Mediator will become our Activist. There is a Me- diator for your sins and he has never rejected a sinner seeking Him, and He guarantees not to lose your case- and his name isn't Mason. This Mediator knows the Judge well–as His only begotten and be- loved Son. Isaiah wrote our Mediator knows the Judge and His work shall justify many. The Judge is Almighty God, the Father of Jesus our Media- tor, and He always hears Him. Your Mediator can relate to your sins, for He was tempted by them. Your sentence for sinning was paid by your Mediator to redeem you from death which was your fate. Some- thing Perry Mason could not do. The Judge saw the travail of Jesus your Mediator under the burden of sin and was bruised and offered Him- self without spot to God … and was accepted. Something Perry Mason could not do. Because the blood of Christ was part of the redemption process you have become the Judge's Beloved. Something Perry Mason could not This Thursday, Earth Day, politi- cians and activists will shout more about "the climate crisis." I don't think it's a crisis. COVID-19, malaria, exploding debt, millions of poor children dying from diarrhea — those are genuine crises. But global warming may become a real problem, so it's particularly ab- surd that Earth Day's activists rare- ly mention the form of energy that could most quickly reduce green- house gases: nuclear power. When France converted to nucle- ar, it created the world's fastest re- duction in carbon emissions. But in America, nuclear growth came to a near halt 40 years ago, af- ter an accident at the Three Mile Is- land plant in Pennsylvania. The partial meltdown killed no one. It would probably have been for- gotten had Hollywood not released a nuclear scare mov- ie, "The China Syn- drome," days be- fore. "People saw that and freaked out," complains Joshua Goldstein, author of "A Bright Future: How Some Coun- tries Have Solved Climate Change (with nuclear power)." One of the people still freaking out is solar activist Harvey Wasserman. "I live in terror of the next accident," he says in my latest video. His anti-nuclear argument has ba- sically won in most of the world. Nu- clear plants are being shut down. Why? I ask Wasserman. No one was hurt at Three Mile Is- land. Wasserman replies that af- ter the accident, he went to nearby homes and people showed him "their tumors, their hair loss, their lesions." "It's bunk," I tell him. "It's been studied. People lose hair and get cancer and they attribute it to Three Mile Is- land, but it's not true." "Having been there," Wasserman responds, "It's my clear assertion that people were killed." Actual scientists don't agree. In fact, they find less cancer near Three Mile Island than in other parts of It's not too often that Republicans embrace the agenda of leftist Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth War- ren. But it's happening. Sen. Josh Hawley, the young Re- publican senator from Missouri, has introduced a bill in Congress enti- tled: "Trustbusting for the Twen- ty-First Century Act." It may be the most dangerous bill to our economy from a Republican in ages. It would reduce American competitiveness, cost millions of jobs, penalize com- panies for growing and being profit- able, kill funding for small-business startups, and empower unprece- dented new regulatory powers to the deep state lawyers and bureau- crats in Washington. Hawley is no fan of the politics of Big Tech — who is? — so he wants to put new teeth into antitrust laws that were birthed during America's first "Progressive Era." His bill would 1) ban mergers and acquisitions by firms with a market cap over $100 bil- lion; 2) change the standard of "'mo- nopolistic" behavior from causing "con- sumer harm" to one that emphasizes "the protection of competition"; and 3) greatly expand the power of feder- al regulatory agencies to rein in do- mestic firms in the high-tech sector. Hawley, who has a background as a lawyer, defends his bill by saying, "This country and this government shouldn't be run by a few me- ga-corporations." The Repub- lican Party "has got to be- come the party of trust-bust- ing once again." Yikes. That's like saying we should bring back small pox. Trustbusting is based on the century-old leftist fairy tale that America had been taken over by rapacious "rob- ber barons." Economist Burt Folsom has exploded these progressive lies in his classic book "The Myth of The Robber Barons," which shows defin- itively that J.P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Heritage Viewpoint By Luke Coffey Russia testing USA on Ukraine Sin of planned parenthood is abortion, not Margaret Sanger The president of Planned Parent- hood Federation of America, Alexis McGill Johnson, has used The New York Times as a confessional to fess up to the racist history of Planned Parenthood's founder, Margaret Sanger. "We must reckon with Margaret Sanger's association with white su- premacist groups and eugenics," she writes. Sanger's involvement with the no- toriously racist eugenics movement in the 1920s, and her population-con- trol motivations to limit the procre- ation of "undesirables," is some- thing pro-lifers, particularly black pro-lifers, have been writing about for years. But Planned Parenthood has al- ways been in denial about these very ugly truths. Now, apparently, the power and pressure of "wokeness" is even get- ting the leadership of the nation's largest abortion provider to step for- ward and unburden themselves from their sins. But coming to terms with sin means knowing what sin is. And here, unfortunately, Planned Par- enthood's president totally misses the point. The problem today is not what was but what is. The "sin" of Planned Par- enthood is its horrible work in lead- ing the nation in the destruction of human life. Per its annual report, in fiscal year 2019 -2020, Planned Parenthood per- formed 354,871 abortions. This is roughly one-third of all abortions performed in the country. The recognition we need from Planned Parenthood is the recogni- tion of the sanctity of life, not pub- lic confession of the racist history of its founder. Regarding racism, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 34% of abortions performed in the U.S. in 2018 were on black women. Given that black women constitute 13% of the female population, the incidence of abortion among black women is out of proportion by almost a factor of three. It is reasonable to assume that this is representative of the dispro- portionate number of black women on whom Planned Parenthood per- forms abortions. As part of Planned Parenthood's great cleansing, Johnson notes that "Planned Parenthood of Greater New York renamed its Manhattan health center in 2020," which apparently bore Sanger's name. The Wall Street Journal's Jason Ri- ley wrote in 2018, "In New York City, thousands more black babies are aborted than born alive each year, and the abortion rate among black mothers is more than three times higher than it is for white mothers. " The problem is the wholesale ter- mination of black unborn babies, not the name of the center in Manhat- tan where Planned Parenthood per- forms these abortions. New York City is one of the abortion capitals of the nation, and Planned Parenthood wants to take the edge off by renam- ing its abortion center. Does Planned Parenthood target black women for abortions? Why is the incidence of abortion so high among black women? A 2012 study by Protecting Black Life found that 79 % of Planned Par- enthood abortion facilities were within walking distance of minority neighborhoods. Abortion rates tend to be higher among unmarried women because of a higher likelihood of unwanted pregnancy. The culture of abortion, aggressively promoted by Planned Parenthood, has disproportionately affected black marriage rates. In 1970, three years before the Roe v. Wade decision, 76 % of white adults age 25 and older were married, com- pared with 60 % of blacks. By 2014, the rate dropped to 60 % for whites, but it dropped to 35% for blacks. Johnson takes one step further in- Court

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