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This is an open letter to state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) and state Sen. Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon). Why would you sponsor bills [Senate Bills 4 and 5] that let the government interfere in people's lives? Or do you think that women are not people? Do you think we are incapable of making informed decisions? Pro-choice does not necessarily mean pro-abortion. It means that you would have the freedom to make your own decisions. I thought that the Republican and Tea parties wanted less government interference in people's lives. How do your bills reflect this?
Women in combat roles
The Secretary of Defense, with the unanimous support of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has rescinded the 1994 policy that restricted women from combat roles. In so doing, the secretary and the chiefs of the services responded to the policies of the president. They supported the president, as was their duty.
It is important to remember that the president is commander in chief of the U. S. Armed Forces. He is responsible for our military policy and its execution. Civilian control of the military is a hallmark of our society.
In expressing my opinion on this issue, I must mention that my combat experiences, all in an infantry battalion, have been limited to service in World War II. Those who have served more recently in combat may have different ideas.
I am not concerned about the physical limitations of women. I am sure that the services will properly screen them before assigning them to combat units. Nor am I concerned about the courage and determination of women – that was amply demonstrated on the Kentucky frontier where women were valiant in defense of their children.
It is not just a matter of bodily strength or of resolve. It is the confusion that this policy may create in the ranks. Are men likely to be more protective of women in combat to the detriment of the mission? Are jealousies likely to develop?
It is true that women in today’s conflicts are subject to the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) anywhere at any time. In the front lines, however, they would face the additional threat of capture by a ruthless enemy who holds women in low regard.
Ron Van Stockum
Enjoying your Christmas gifts
Christmas is the most wonderful day of the year because it celebrates the birth of our savior Jesus Christ, but some of us think of it as a time to receive gifts. I like to ask you a question. Do you have a home, clothes to wear, food to eat, a job and family and friends that love you? If you can answer with a yes, then you are enjoying the most precious gifts that anyone could ask for. So what else would anyone need if they have all those things? I say they’re a very lucky person and should be very thankful and praise God because there are people out there that wish they had what you already got, so this year let’s not worry about getting a gift, but let’s give to those that are less fortunate and maybe they will have a little better Christmas.