LET­TER TO THE ED­I­TOR

Record Observer - - Opinion -

I would like to know why the Record Ob­server chose to por­tray lo­cal in­volve­ment in last week­end’s Women’s March on the front page over lo­cal in­volve­ment in the pres­i­den­tial in­au­gu­ra­tion, which was found on page 16. It was dis­ap­point­ing to see the pa­per go so far as to dis­play a picture on the front page show­ing women hold­ing signs with of­fen­sive ob­scen­i­ties and anti-pres­i­den­tial slo­gans. Re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal be­liefs, is there no re­spect for the of­fice of pres­i­dent, or pa­tri­o­tism, or even com­mon de­cency? As if this were not pointed enough, the ed­i­to­rial ti­tled “Two very dif­fer­ent demon­stra­tions” found on page 6 in­di­cated fur­ther sup­port for the Women’s March by the Record Ob­server.

I am a 28 year old woman who at­tended an­other demon­stra­tion which took place in Wash­ing­ton D.C. on Fri­day the 27th along with hun­dreds of thou­sands in at­ten­dance. Be­lieve it or not, there are many women like my­self who march not for them­selves, but for oth­ers — for rights for the un­born, for sup­port for mothers fac­ing un­planned preg­nan­cies, and for the el­derly. We march for men and women of all back­grounds. The March for Life is well or­ga­nized, peace­ful, and has been tak­ing place for 44 years. It is in­clu­sive, open to any­one re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal party or re­li­gious back­ground. I have at­tended this event for nine years and have never seen ob­scen­i­ties or vi­o­lence at this event, un­like the di­rect at­tacks made on the pres­i­dent by the speak­ers at the Women’s March.

I also had the honor of hear­ing Vice Pres­i­dent and Se­cond Lady Pence speak at the pre-march rally. In the Vice Pres­i­dent’s words, “life is win­ning. Let this move­ment be known for love, not anger. Let this move­ment be known for com­pas­sion, not con­fronta­tion.” Un­for­tu­nately, the im­pact of the March for Life and this move­ment of love is not well known be­cause the me­dia chooses not to cover it.

I un­der­stand the pa­per ser ves a di­verse pop­u­la­tion. How­ever, we are all Amer­i­cans, and the pres­i­den­tial in­au­gu­ra­tion was an event for all Amer­i­cans, re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion. It is dis­ap­point­ing to see our lo­cal pa­per in­tent on dis­play­ing an agenda of con­fronta­tion that not all its read­ers agree with.

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