Re:  "Why I’m Not Pro-Life" by Paul Moomjean – Feb. 24, 2011
How in the world did this guy earn a regular column in your publication? I enjoy the VC Reporter and read it regularly, but every time I see an article by Moomjean, I have to grimace and bite the bullet before I can read it. I hate that he is such a front of misinformation. He writes a column without even knowing what he is talking about. 

First of all, Planned Parenthood is not just about abortion. It’s time everyone realized that, especially somebody who is responsible for a regular column, and therefore is supposed to be imparting not just a personal opinion but some kind of informed, intelligent information. Planned Parenthood is a safe place for young women who need guidance and assistance with regards to their own reproductive and sexual health, including sexually transmitted disease (STDs) and birth control. Planned Parenthood offers women pregnancy choices, not just abortion, but information and help concerning their pregnancies, how to take care of themselves and their unborn children, what their choices are (keep the child, give the child up for adoption). And most of all, it is a safe, supportive place for women to go when they need intelligent advice, guidance and encouragement at a time when they may need it most.

I have no connection with PPFA, but know of several young women who have used their services and are extremely grateful for them. However, aside from those who support PPFA intellectually, nobody really comes forth and states what they have received in terms of being able to go forward with their lives in positive and uplifting ways. All the nay-sayers want to just focus on the issue of abortion (which should just be called pro-choice, which is really more pro-life than the so-called “pro-lifers” such as Moomjean claims to be). 

Enough already with all your craziness; we should be grateful for all the education and leadership this organization has provided to our youngsters and women. Moomjean is against everything that IS pro-life. He’s just anti-humanity period. 
Jan Schulman

Musing on The King’s Speech

This beautifully realized period piece tells the story of the second son of British royalty, George VI, aka “Bertie,” as he’s called by intimates. He has greatness thrust upon him when his older brother, besotted with his divorced girlfriend and sympathetic to the Nazis, finds the crown an uncomfortable fit and abdicates.  

The new king well understands the irony that his countrymen look to him for leadership as war approaches, yet he is constitutionally forbidden to make policy. All he can do is speak to them. Alas, he stammers. The movie involves his struggle with his handicap and his friendship with his speech therapist, who helps him manage it.

With the advantage of hindsight, we know what follows this fateful hour — all the horrors of total war in the 20th century. Despite the king’s personal success, a sense of overwhelming tragedy haunts the viewer.

And to the music lover, another irony — throughout the film, wonderful German music surges forth, Mozart and Beethoven, music cherished by the people of both nations as part of an international European culture.  

How did it come to this, that these two nations so intertwined culturally were about to become deadly enemies once more?

In 1914, the European powers stumbled into the Great War, eventually pulling America  into the insanity. At its conclusion, Germany, humiliated with reparations and loss of territory, inherited a weak government unable to deal with overwhelming challenges. Those included the Great Depression and the Spartacist uprising, an armed communist rebellion. Germans sought order, a resurgence of national pride and simple explanations for forces they didn’t understand.  

The Nazis supplied this. They preached a doctrine of German exceptionalism to justify retreat from standards of decency and international law. They falsified history to serve their agenda. They eventually forced conformity on the academic community, the press and the general culture, vilifying films and literature that deviated. On their enemies list were Jews, liberals, socialists, homosexuals, unions, people of color, minorities and communists.  

If we look at the current scene in this country, we can see parallels. We have persistent economic troubles that are complicated and seem impervious to the customary solutions. The same enemies list, from which only the Jews have been exempted (although Muslims have been added in their place) has been put forward as a simple explanation for what is wrong. Extreme nationalism and imperial hubris prevail. As with Germany’s Nazis, industrialists, inconvenienced by demands for greater economic equity, lent support.

Sitting amid the rubble of their cities, post WWII, many good Germans no doubt wished they had seen what was coming early enough to have stopped it. We still have time.

Therese Defarge