No Obama tears for children killed in the womb

Re: "No comparison between Newtown massacre, abortion," From Readers, Dec. 18

Lawanda Yeager criticizes columnist Gregory Kane for comparing the murder of 20 children in Newtown, Conn., with abortion.She pontificates that Kane's "opinion is just his" -- and then parrots the pro-abortion line that abortion isjust a matter of choice and prerogative, while completely ignoring the fact that her opinion is, equally, just hers.

Yeager's apparentbelief that an unborn child is not human and thus not worthy of constitutional protectionif the mother chooses otherwise is irrational.Human babies come from human beings, and her opinion to the contrary cannot change that.Let's not forget the premise of Kane's commentary, which was that because of his very pro-abortion convictions, President Obama'sweeping for the Newtown dead were crocodile tears. He hasn't shed a tear for the children who never had the opportunity to be born because he values"choice" over life.

Robert Gellert

Glen Burnie

GOP should not budge on tax, spending cuts

Re: "The real cost of Obama's $1.6 trillion tax hike," Editorial, Dec. 18

President Obama expects the Republicans to give in to his tax hike demands. "I'm pretty confident that Republicans would not hold middle-class taxes hostage in trying to protect tax cuts for high-income individuals," he told Barbara Walters in a recent interview.

With the deadline for averting the "fiscal cliff" less than three weeks away, the president's schedule is exceptionally light and does not include any time on the links with House Speaker John Boehner, who is also an avid golfer.

If they do not go along with the administration's plan, taxes will go up on everybody, and the GOP will be blamed. Obama will then push for a middle-class tax cut, for which he will take credit, even though it will only take us back to the Bush tax cuts.

Republicans should do the unexpected and propose a tax cut for everybody in addition to a 10 percent across-the-board spending cut with no exceptions. They have the facts on their side. Our debt problem is not the result of falling revenue but of increased spending by the current administration -- including a massive increase in government jobs, which is a direct taxpayer subsidy to the Democratic Party.

Republicans should not only cut taxes, they should take an oath not to propose a single penny in new spending for at least 10 years to repent for their own overspending ways.

Al Eisner

Silver Spring

Data suggest manual mode causing cracked rails

Re: "Another rail cracks on Metro, raising total to 27," Dec. 17

Sometimes a few numbers in a data array say a lot more than paragraphs.The "cracked rails" data array shows that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority experienced several times as many cracked rails in 2010, 2011 and 2012 as in 2008, but the article didn't draw the correlation between WMATA's decision to switch from automatic to manual mode in mid-2009, after the Fort Totten crash.

The number of cracked rails in 2009 is almost exactly the average of 2008 (before the Red Line crash, when trains were running in automatic mode) and 2010 (when trails were running in manual).

The Fort Totten crash took place in late June, so half ran in automatic and half in manual in 2009.This suggests strongly that WMATA's decision to depart from design-mode automatic operation is the primary correlate with rails cracking more often, and not weather, system age or other factors.

Dino Drudi