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Daily Archives: Oct. 13, 2007
Oct. 13, 20071:03 a.m.
Those who think overturning Roe v. Wade will stop most abortions should consider research published Friday. A study of abortion trends from 1995 to 2003 by the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization found that women are just as likely to get an abortion in countries where it is outlawed as they are in countries where it is legal, the Associated Press reported. â€œThe legal status of abortion has never dissuaded women and couples, who, for whatever reason, seek to end pregnancy,” said Beth Fredrick of the International Women’s Health Coalition.
Of particular concern of the study was that half of all abortions worldwide are unsafe, nearly 97 percent of which occurred in poor countries.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
Oct. 13, 20071:02 a.m.
John Edwards’ father once told him that should he get in a fight and have to hit back, â€œaim for the nose; you sort of get more bang for your buck there.”
That seems to be Edwards’ general strategy these days, attacking Hillary Clinton, who has jumped out to a 6 percentage point lead in Iowa. Edwards, who has recently criticized Clinton’s policy for Iraq, compares the front-runner to 2004′s Howard Dean. He was expected to be a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination, yet fell to a third place Iowa finish behind Edwards.
â€œI lived through the inevitability of Howard Dean,” Edwards said.
Posted by Kristin Mehler
Oct. 13, 20071:01 a.m.
As head of the nonprofit Wichita Downtown Development Corp., Ed Wolverton has been an effective advocate for downtown Wichita during a time of exciting growth, marked by a new arena, downtown condos and apartments, and riverfront development. We wish him well in his new position in Greensboro, N.C. It’s troubling, though, to hear Wolverton say that the group’s pro-casino stance hurt his relations with some (unnamed) government leaders and other downtown groups and developers, and that his group was â€œtreated disrespectfully in some instances.”
The new leader of the organization should have the freedom to advocate vigorously on behalf of downtown, and to take stands without fear of being held back by petty single-issue politics. Downtown needs effective leadership.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
Oct. 13, 20071:00 a.m.
The fuss leading up to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses is the subject of â€œCaucus! The Musical” by Robert John Ford, now in rehearsals for a late December opening in Des Moines and, in another version, a staging in New Hampshire. â€œWhat the candidates do is all song and dance,” Ford told the Los Angeles Times.
Among the musical’s characters is one described as â€œPat Robertson blended with a bit of Sam Brownback.”
The lyrics of one song, â€œAnything for a Vote,” include the lines â€œBill Bradley washed my pickups” and â€œKucinich cured my hiccups,” as well as this:
â€œIt was caucus week in ’88
â€œWhen Mike Dukakis stopped quite late
â€œAnd asked, ‘What can I do to win your trust?’
â€œI said, ‘For starters, you can clean
Behind that soda pop machine,
â€œ’Get rid of all that grime and all that dust.’
â€œAs he was scrubbing down the floors,
â€œAnd Windexing the cafe doors,
â€œI kicked back and enjoyed a root beer float.
â€œWhy tell him I’m Republican
â€œUntil he got the dishes done?
â€œAnything for a vote.”
Posted by Rhonda Holman