Pine Trees, Fresh Air No Insulation From Temptation



Richard Haddad is to be congratulated for his "My View" column of Feb. 28. ("Abortion: Parental rights should equal parental responsibility").

Arguments of clinical and scientific preciseness and ideological clarification aside, Haddad's main point is well taken. It is clear he sought to point out the dilemma and glaring hypocrisy of our current discussions about parental rights, and the fact that those rights seem to get pre-empted in favor of guaranteeing a minor's unfettered access and ability to obtain a certain high-risk/low-reward surgical procedure that is of dubious benefit to anyone (except perhaps the surgical facility providing it), and the fact that the abortion debate centers much more on moral, ethical (and "constitutional") questions and concerns than on medical or scientific ones.

To single out one controversial, clinical claim as being tantamount to committing the unpardonable evidentiary sin, while ignoring the larger issue at hand, is to miss the entire point of the argument, and is what's aptly described (in a certain unimpeachable source of both medical and spiritual wisdom) as straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel.

Roundup readers should be glad to have a publisher who favors parental consent and responsibility over permissiveness and political correctness.

What does all this have to do with life in Payson and the Rim country? For one thing, our school age population, though it may be faltering in number, is on a tear when it comes to its rate of absorption and assimilation of the kinds of immoral influences and unhealthy, self-indulgent lifestyles presented to them incessantly, and made attractive through the media of popular culture (especially through music, movies and TV), that promote and encourage the kinds of careless, promiscuous behaviors which result in "unplanned" consequences that have lasting, even damaging, results.

Our young people are being seduced by these untoward influences into making moral (or rather, immoral) choices that will profoundly, if not permanently, affect their lives.

Pine trees and fresh, mountain air do not insulate our kids against the myriad and sundry temptations we normally associate with "city kids" and their urban, Babylonish ways. No, Payson, we've got a problem. A serious problem. Not of water. Not of budgetary shortfalls. But, a severe, moral crisis -- a spiritual drought and famine in the land.

Only a deep, spiritual refreshing and replenishing from heaven, watered through the fervent prayers and diligent efforts of God's people in clearing out the "satanic fuel" and replanting righteousness in our communities, will solve it.

Paul J. Ramirez, Payson

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