Monday, March 22, 2010

Because “ravencottage” wanted to know

From where I sit, there’s no mystery about the newspaper’s editorials. That’s because I write them.

If you’ve read our editorials, you know that nearly all of them are about local issues, events and people. That’s by design, not by chance.

But one recent editorial, “Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay,” (March 19, page A6), tackled a national issue — federal funding of abortions and the health care reform bill passed by the Senate last year. After researching the issue, it appeared clear that the “Senate bill,” as it was called, didn’t use tax dollars to pay for abortions.

The editorial’s conclusion led “lefty” — one of the people who leave anonymous comments on our Web site — to write, “Bart Stupak, Democrat from Michigan was on Good Morning America today and he said the Senate bill allows federal funding for abortion and he still is not planning to vote for it as are several other congressmen. Other organizations agree with him. Maybe you should do some more research.”

Another anonymous Web site poster, “ravencottage,” followed that comment with, “So true lefty. It looks like the R&B did their research at 308 Craghead Street.”

That’s the address for Rep. Tom Perriello’s Danville office. I didn’t do any research there, but in the interest of full disclosure, I did read these sources:

Why Stupak Is Wrong

Stupak = More Abortions

Stupak says every enrollee in the Office of Personnel Management plan would have to to pay a minimum of $1 per month towards abortion

Lipinski says Senate health bill allows taxpayer money to pay directly for abortion at federal community health centers

Chain e-mail claims House health care bill would provide free abortion

I’m sure other readers had other sources that looked at the same text of the Senate bill and came up with entirely different conclusions. But that’s a topic for another day.

For now, I’m glad to be able to respond to “ravencottage.”

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