Letters to the Editor

Shipp misses crux

of abortion issue

I do not disagree with the main point of Bill Shipp's recent column ("Abortion gets far bigger play than issue deserves," Perspective, Nov. 6) regarding the abortion issue on a surface level. It does seem that the abortion issue gets a lot of the press and attention in political campaigns when there are many others issues that seem to be affecting much more of our citizenry that are not getting as much press.

But I think Shipp overstates his case by calling it a nonpressing issue, however, and I think he misses the crux of the issue. He asks if I know of anyone who actually favors abortion, and actually, yes, I do know people who favor abortion. Planned Parenthood, by the way, highly recommends them as a viable, caring choice and has for decades.

And while we are inferring statistics, there are well over

1 million of them annually in the United States. Considering that each of these million children had fathers (many absent, of course) and grandparents and significant others, it's much more than a million of our citizens involved each year. And let's not lose the point that that these are not root canals, these are procedures to intentionally end a human life.

Looking at it from this perspective, the size and the impossible-to-overstate importance of the issue becomes clearer. Because I have a deeply held religious faith that includes the clear teaching of the sanctity of life, the decision for me is rather clear.

I can frankly not fathom anyone drawing the conclusion that it's simply the mother's choice. She has the choice to kill her child? Pardon the vernacular, but that just ain't right. I think we are correct to make this a key issue. It is perhaps the most important one of all.

- Mike Puckett


Weaker smoking law may cause problems

I am concerned with a comment in a recent story: "All it took was some sheetrock, some hinges and a little paint" to create a separate room for smoking in Loco's restaurant ("Smoking or non? County ban to give way to statewide law Nov. 1," Local & State, Oct. 23).

The state smoke-free-air law recently adopted by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners requires a separately enclosed and separately ventilated room to permit smoking in a restaurant that allows those under 18.

In its haste to relax Gwinnett's premier health ordinance, the Gwinnett commission may have passed legislation that takes those it sought to appease into the realm of unintended consequences.

The rules and regulations for the state law provide for action against repeat violators. It will be interesting to see if the commission intends to uphold the new law.

- Steve Coldiron,

chairman of

Smoke-Free Gwinnett,