Whose babies are these, anyway?
I would like to weigh in on recent letters to the editor between John Brady and Richard Baker, both of whom I know and respect as good family men.
Nature or the Creator has endowed fertile males with a remarkable physical ability to procreate with relative ease and frequency unless they take the precaution of abstinence or, mostly, use of an external shield available inexpensively over the counter.
Not so his female partner. Most of her safe sex applications involve using bodily insertions or changing her natural hormones through chemistry. These choices are all expensive and limited to a doctor's prescription and state-imposed limitations.
Female hormones instantly turn on when a fertilized egg implants, and she physically and mentally is thus changed as nature insures her attachment to what is growing within her.
If that is not a big enough obstacle when deciding whether or not to abort, she then has to face difficult personal circumstances and many state restrictions. Some states and millions of individuals declare that a fertilized egg is the immortal soul of a human and is entitled to all the protections of instant personhood.
What is the mother, then, but the tender vessel through which this human passes to viability? Ah, but she could give up the child at birth for adoption — though not really voluntarily as her other options are cut off.
Statistics have not been kept on the females who went through an abortion and later bore children when conditions and partners were right for successful family establishment. I venture that those numbers are huge.
We are a nation established of the people, by the people, and for the people which I hope desires and fosters family values by promoting accessible and affordable birth control for all females, reasonable access to abortion, and affordable health care for all the very young. Long live the family by whatever description and to those who do not wish to bear a child, may you find your life accepted and just as fulfilling.
Barbara Richter, Newport
Thank you, residents of Newport’s Ward 2
I’d like to thank the Ward 2 voters who supported my campaign in the Sept. 12 primary election. I am grateful for all of the support, guidance and encouragement that I have received over the past few months. To those who attended my campaign kickoff, displayed yard signs, sent friend cards, and held signs on a rainy Primary Day, I am humbled by your friendship and support.
We still have work to do for the Nov. 6 election and I will need your help once again. I will continue to respond to the needs and concerns of Ward 2 residents. I will continue to advocate for public safety on Memorial Boulevard, clean streets, a healthy accessible harbor, economic development and continued Broadway improvements.
I will continue my work with groups that need council assistance, including the Edward King House Senior Center, Newport Public Education Foundation, Newport Partnership for Families, Newport Public Library, Broadway Merchants, the Rogers High School building subcommittee and many others.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at email@example.com or 556-4490. I look forward to earning your vote on Nov. 6.
Lynn Underwood Ceglie, Newport City Council member, Ward 2
Historical society helps tell story of Hurricane of 1938
As hurricane season approaches our coast, I would like to remind you of the 80th anniversary of the Hurricane and Tidal Wave of '38, as it was called in the headlines of the newspapers of that time. It occurred on September 21, 1938, and was disastrous for not only Tiverton, Portsmouth, Fall River, and Westport, but reached nearly all of New England as well. It wiped out the renowned amusement park on Island Park with its roller coaster, Ferris wheel, diving horse act, and surrounding pavilions. The tidal wave (which we now call a storm surge) wiped out towns, bridges, roads, made thousands homeless, and killed hundreds.
Every month, I've been putting a different "Tale of Tiverton" on the Tiverton Historical Society website (tivertonhistorical.org). Last month commemorated the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Rhode Island. This month the tale is about the 80th anniversary of the hurricane and tidal wave of '38.
It is easy to see why the hurricane barrier was constructed in Providence. It's incredible to read about and see the pictures of houses and bridges moved hundreds of yards away from their foundations, not to mention the piles of boats on top of each other in the middle of towns.
There's a picture of an oil tanker that was brought up on land to rest next to a house blocks from the harbor and oil tanks. Another shows a toppled steeple of a church in Pawtucket. A boat owner is shown pondering how to move his 30-plus foot boat (which looks more or less intact) from where it landed upright: on dry land very close to others on the other side and over the roof of a house in Wakefield.
The photo of Bailey's Beach in Newport shows where the foundation exists next to the water, but the intact bathhouse pavilion had been moved inland several hundred yards away.
September's Tale of Tiverton includes photos from these papers on what specifically happened in Tiverton, and includes the account of William H. Durfee of Tiverton when he was the lighthouse keeper at Sakonnet Point during this historic hurricane and tidal wave. If you're interested to see and read about what used to be in Tiverton and what the lighthouse keeper went through during the height of the storm, come read all about it.
Susan Anderson, Tiverton Historical Society