Letters to the Editor

Notre Dame fire and U.S. democracy: Letters to the editor, April 25, 2019

In this photo from April 15, flames and smoke rise from the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris that destroyed its spire and its roof but spared its twin medieval bell towers, and prompted a frantic rescue effort to save its most precious artifacts.
In this photo from April 15, flames and smoke rise from the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris that destroyed its spire and its roof but spared its twin medieval bell towers, and prompted a frantic rescue effort to save its most precious artifacts. AP file

Our democracy on fire like Notre Dame

Millions of us watched with a sense of horror, profound sadness, and loss as the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned recently. This enduring symbol of history, architectural genius, beauty, and faith would today be little more than a rubble-filled shell were it not for the heroic and timely efforts of French firefighters who understood the importance of their task and the heartbreaking consequences should they fail. Thank God the structure still stands.

Unfortunately, American democracy is also on fire. Raging flames of Russian interference in our last presidential election have opened gaping holes in the roof of the American republic. But instead of heroically dousing the flames, our current administration, apparently unmindful of virtue or history, has done little but downplay or ignore the conflagration. As long as their agenda has been somehow furthered by this interference in our democratic processes, the only question being raised is, “What fire?” Meanwhile, the structure of our historic democracy, long a beacon of hope to the world, is in peril.

May we never have to add to the cry of “No collusion, no obstruction” the ultimate consequences of inaction – “No democracy, no republic.”

Allen Carden, Fresno

Turkey should admit to genocide

Wednesday marked the 104th anniversary of the Ottoman Turkish government’s genocide against the Armenian people. Between 1915 and 1924 1.5 Armenian men, women and children perished. In addition to this atrocity against human life Armenia was robbed of its historic symbol, the mountain of biblical fame known as Ararat. Mount Ararat can be seen from Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia, but it lies across the border in Turkey.

The present government of the Turkish Republic refuses to acknowledge that the loss of life was the result of a deliberate policy of genocide and ethnic cleansing. Turkey needs to own up to its past and as a token of good will cede Mount Ararat to the Armenian Republic.

James Bailey, Oakhurst

Feeling safer in the Tower District

As a resident of Fresno’s Tower District, I want to thank the recently erected Tower District police substation for keeping the Tower District secure.

Many people speak of the Tower District as unsafe, but I have never felt safer in any other neighborhood. Every direction I look there is a police patrol, either on bike or in vehicle at all hours. It must have the most police presence of any neighborhood in Fresno.

Because of them robberies and violent crime are at all-time low in the area. There is still issues with car break-ins but the police cannot be everywhere.

Police presence makes a massive difference in reducing all types of crime. Thanks for all the hard work.

Dominic Bedrossian, Fresno

Getting abortion facts straight

I believe that prior to accusing another person of lying, one needs to be sure of his facts. Infanticide is the killing of a child capable of living outside the womb. The Philadelphia abortionist was recently convicted of mass murder for killing viable infants resulting from botched abortions.

As a nurse, I agree infanticide is not a normal part of abortion. However, Govs. Cuomo (NY) and Northam (VA) have recently legalized fourth trimester abortions, i.e., causing a potentially viable infant to die through neglect or from more proactive measures.

Donna M. Andrews, Madera

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