The region has an opportunity to learn from the tragedy; Imposing religious beliefs

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The region has an opportunity to learn from the tragedy

The tragic death of Jose Sajbin at State College should be a call to Central Region policymakers to take road deaths seriously and act quickly to create a fully protected and connected cycling and pedestrian network. Let’s build a safe network for all ages and abilities and take people where they need to go.

The Governors Highway Safety Association estimates drivers killed about 7,500 pedestrians in 2021, the highest level in 40 years. Horribly, the percentage of speeding crashes involving “children 15 and under has more than doubled in the previous three years.”

We can choose to avoid these tendencies. All the inhabitants of the Center Region have an interest in devoting more resources to transport other than the car. Safe cycling and walking networks allow all income levels to participate in the social and economic benefits of our region. An “all ages and abilities” network allows children the individual freedom needed for personal growth and can encourage older residents to “age in place” and avoid the social isolation that can result from the inability to drive.

Safe walking and cycling has broad public support. Let’s waste no more time and wait for another inevitable death or injury. We can learn from this crash and build a safer and fairer Center Region.

Christian Kurpiel-Wakamiya, College Township

Imposing religious beliefs

On June 23, the author of “Missing pieces in pro-choice arguments” asserts that the only question to consider about abortion is whether to take the life of a “pre-born” child.

In fact, the question is whether 100% of Americans should follow the religious beliefs of the 38% who find abortion morally wrong. Our Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. Therefore, the government cannot compel all Americans to follow the moral beliefs of a group of religious people. This is what the author wants.

I will not debate the broad belief systems of different groups of Americans. There is a wide variety of who believes what, and why, in our pluralistic country. Jews may believe that life begins with the first breath. Some Muslim scholars say abortions up to 120 days of fetal development are permitted. Although many Catholic and Protestant churches say life begins at conception, their congregations differ, with the majority saying abortions should be allowed in most or all cases. And 3 out of 10 adults have no religious affiliation. But 52% of all Americans in a recent post-leak Supreme Court Gallup poll find abortion morally acceptable, the highest on record

We are a secular and pluralistic country with people who believe in many different things. For those who believe abortion is morally wrong, please don’t. But please don’t make me follow your religious beliefs in our free America.

Kathleen O’Connell, Lemont

Guns and babies on the GOP agenda

Two successive days of Supreme Court rulings aptly illustrate the Conservative majority’s commitment to the Republican Party’s agenda:

More weapons for men.

More babies for women.

John N. Rippey, Zion

Elect honest politicians for change

These days, it’s the norm to hear politicians of both parties lying “through their teeth,” as they say. We don’t have to believe them. We are supposed to be able to discern right from wrong, even if we are sometimes fooled.

What we don’t have to do is keep electing the same liars every time. We, the voters of this country, can “drive out the bums.”

I suggest that all of us voters look deep into our souls and decide that it is time for change and to hold politicians accountable to us – the voters – and not to those who provide huge sums of money to buy their own buddies in elected office.

Let’s really make America great, not by electing liars but by putting in place people who actually listen, hear and react to what voters expect.

It’s been a very long time since we’ve had “Honest Abe” or Harry Truman in power.

Lew Rodrick, central room