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Thoughts on four topics

To the editor:

With so much going on this week, I decided to write on four different subjects.

First, the shakedown of opioid manufactures by a number of state attorneys general. Instead of going after thieves who steal, use or sell this medicines, they go after manufactures of the medicine that people with legitimate health problems depend on for relief. Purdue Pharma offered to pay between $10 billion and $12 billion on top of other payments to states, paid over several years. But, according to U.S. Northern Ohio Judge Dan Polster, “My objective is to do something meaningful to abate this crisis.” He believes they should pay more. As of Sept.15, Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy. Well, that is one less pharmaceutical company to extort from.

Second, the United Auto Workers strike against General Motors. The management of GM is upset over the UAW leadership’s failure to inform the rank-in-file about the terms proposed by GM. According to Time.com-GM strike, the company offered an $8,000 per member signing bonus if the deal is ratified, plus wage gains or lump sum payments for all four years of the contract. The company also was to leave members’ health care contributions the same as in the current contract. To me, this doesn’t seem that the union leadership has the best interest of their members. I’m sure that the leadership isn’t taking a paycheck for themselves, in unity with the workers who are on strike by their suggestion.

Third, the $1.2 million sale of the home of former Bishop Michael Bransfield of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. The money from the sale was reported to fund victims of sexual abuse. The money should go back to the diocese. The bishop didn’t pay for that house, it came from the faithful. Whoever made the decision to use it for abuse victims they can use their own salaries. I’m sure there are plenty of parishes in the diocese that could use the money.

Fourth, the under-reported news of an abortion doctor, Ulrich Klofer, who died Sept. 3 in Will County, Ill. He started his practice in 1974, having three abortion clinics in Indiana, in Gary, South Bend and Forth Wayne. From 1974 to 2016 when he had his license suspended, he was responsible for the termination of 30,000 pregnancies. When his family was cleaning out personal belongs they found on his property 2,246 preserved fetuses. The remains were taken to the Will County coroner’s office. This heinous loss of these 2,246 lives are not only from the hands of this one man, but also from anyone who supports keeping abortion legal, something he proudly did for 42 years.

Merica Petrella

Steubenville

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