The Edmond Sun


April 26, 2013

Things change, sometimes for the worse

EDMOND — Everything’s gone topsy turvy and I’m confused. The back porch thermometer registers 24 degrees, putting the Chinese Pistache tree the nurseryman planted last week to the test and wilting the bright pink blossoms on my Dogwood tree. Time was, when it was mostly only March that came in like a lion, and after that you could count on April showers to bring May flowers. Where was I when we voted to change all that? Now it’s the middle of the last full week of April and I don’t know whether to hold out hope for May flowers or not.

But it’s not just the weather that’s out of joint. Take marijuana, for instance: “The future of America looks really ahhhhh ... like you know man, like ok? Like anyway ahhhhh.” That’s a direct quote from one of the estimated 30 to 80,000 marijuana worshipers who attended the April 20 Pot Rally in Denver (the Mile High City, pun intended) last Saturday. They’d have still been there the next day if it hadn’t been for the gunshots that wounded three and started the stampede that put a stop to the festivities.

And that’s only the tip of the topsy turviness that confuses me. How come our national government would allow Washington state and Colorado — and any other state that so desires — to legalize that hard-drug-in-training weed at a time when lives are lost and billions of tax dollars are spent trying to keep the harder stuff south of the border? Will somebody please help me understand that?

Worst of all, though, is the current but little-publicized quest for justice that’s going on in Philadelphia (City of Brotherly Love, pun intended again) featuring the abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell as defendant. Apparently even the pro-abortionists find fault with outside-the-womb abortions, and Gosnell was originally charged with snipping the spinal cord of seven infants not before but after he’d delivered them live. Also, incidentally, of killing one of the mothers, to say nothing of his fetish for keeping aborted fetuses and body parts in jars on shelves. How ghoulish is that!

“Gosnell should be punished to the extent of the law,” said Eric Ferrero, spokesperson for — of all things — the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

So now here’s my confusion: Is wholesale abortion OK with that faction if it’s an internal, out-of-sight-out-of-mind abortion procedure but not OK if the baby has drawn a breath or two outside the womb before the spinal cord is snipped? Seriously. I need to know.

If you don’t know either, then the world has indeed tipped on its axis and we’re all addled. Otherwise it’s just me and I’d best limit my confusion to vagaries of the weather and, as Voltaire’s Candide suggests, work in my garden and not argue.

MARJORIE ANDERSON is an Edmond resident.

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