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June 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Abortion provider killed

Pursuing freedom carries great risks

Our country has experienced a loss in the shooting of Dr. George Tiller on Sunday morning. Whether supportive of his work or not, pro-choice and pro-life groups are criticizing the nature of his death [“Abortion foes decry killing,” News, June 2].

Tiller was killed as he was serving as an usher at his local church in Wichita, Kan. While protests outside the church have been common since Tiller began attending, on Sunday one protester entered the church, threatened two parish members and shot Tiller.

Tiller’s death would be the first in 10 years that is related to his work as a doctor providing abortions. While his death is a tragedy for all involved, it also serves as a reminder of the state of abortion in our country. Many seem to have forgotten the fervor with which the issue is debated and acted upon even today.

Let us mourn the death of this man, and remember that in pursuing all freedoms, there are great risks.

— Anna Jensen, Kirkland

What about death of Arkansas soldier?

I can’t help noticing the silence on the part of the left after the attack on soldiers in Arkansas Monday [“Suspect pleads not guilty in soldier’s death,” seattletimes.com, Nation & World, June 2]. There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth after a lone fanatic killed a late-term abortion specialist the day before. It has even been called “terrorism” — quite a reach, in my opinion.

If we are going to stretch the definition of terrorism to include lone dingbats targeting people because of ideology, then certainly the attack on uniformed soldiers qualifies at least as well. What hypocrisy!

— Larry Clemens, Poulsbo

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