Gosnell's defenders on the fringe

Re: "Kermit Gosnell and the abortion movement's dark past," April 18

Tim Carney reports that the pro-abortion group Reproductive Health Reality Check said women were forced to abort in a house of horrors by Kermit Gosnell, who cared nothing about women's safety or the law, charged exorbitant fees and killed late-term, fully formed, innocent defenseless preborn babies, as women "were driven to Gosnell by restrictions on abortion and abortion subsidies."

What they are saying is the law should not apply to abortion and that we should pay for women to kill babies who could survive outside the womb.

A huge majority of people say the late-term abortions Gosnell did should be banned, so the RHRC represents only a small portion of the population. Thank God!

Diane Hess


Paranoia on gun control

The growing, irrational belief that America's government is coming to take away citizens' guns is ludicrous. Paranoia is fast becoming our national mental illness and is contributing to Congress' unwillingness to pass sensible gun legislation that would help keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them.

We the people are the government. We are not a dictatorship. How is the government going to run roughshod over itself? To do so would be a prime example of self-loathing.

Our country is so divided, we don't trust each other. God ordained government. To some extent to be anti-government is anti-God, anti-self, anti-neighbor. In whom do we trust more: God or guns? Is "In God We Trust" inscribed on U.S. currency just a meaningless, feel-good slogan -- a heartless, outward expression of our religiosity?

Paul L. Whiteley Sr.

Louisville, Ky.

Insider trading in Congress

Congress passed the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act in response to the public outcry over members' self-serving insider trading scandal last year.

As with most laws, what is a crime for citizens was not illegal or unethical for members of Congress and their staffs. The Stock Act addressed this loophole by required lawmakers and government officials to post disclosures of their financial transactions online.

It was a fleeting moment of transparency and accountability. Like a cowardly thief in the night, members of Congress quietly colluded to repeal the Stock Act by unanimous consent: The shameful ordeal took all of 10 seconds in the Senate and 14 seconds in the House.

It is shameful how Congress regards "doing the peoples' work" as a free pass to profit whenever and however possible, citizens be damned.

Melvin Barnhart

Randallstown, Md.