The Billings Outpost

When life begins

Several weeks ago a gentleman wrote a letter indicating that the bill to declare that human life begins at conception was, as liberal convoluted thinking decided, a War on Women. It is difficult to understand why not agreeing with aborting a fetus is warring against women; seems like it is war against the fetus or those people not yet born.

In my first four years of college, my major was biological science including embryology. The scientific definition of life is incumbent upon growth and reproduction. When two gametes, incapable of sustaining life independently, but still very viable, come together and combine their  genetic material that ovum immediately begins to replicate itself and grow into a blastula. If it were not alive, that would not happen.

This fertilized ovum now has all of the genetic material to determine who and what that individual will be. It is a ridiculous argument to state that life begins in the second trimester or even the first, because if the embryo were not alive there would be no trimesters. 

In my first year attending Michigan University one of the instructors indicated that the theory of ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny explained the evolutionary process. That is to say that an individual in its development repeats  the history of the race.

So evolutionarily speaking, a human baby goes from a single cell (like an amoeba) to a multi-cell organism to a complex lower life form to reptile and so forth until finally, amazingly, out pops, after nine months of traversing all of the life forms, a human baby. Even though this silly doctrine has been discredited for many years, its concepts still color evolutionists and “family” planning circles and even in some residual colleges.

If our leaders are not smart enough (they are, but they have an agenda) they are not qualified to lead. If they pretend to  not know when human life  begins then the only ones they are fooling are themselves. A good dose of common sense needs to be injected.

Keith Babcock



Last Updated on Monday, 18 June 2012 11:11

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Government going too far

Many of us received a box holder bulletin in the mail a few weeks ago, urging us to NOT sign any petition to put Initiative 108 (CI-108) on the Montana ballot for the 2012 election. CI-108 is a constitutional amendment that would define “personhood” as beginning at fertilization and is pro-life in nature.

Last week, we received a phone call from a volunteer who had the same warning – CI-108 is the “government going too far.” I had to agree with the caller - the government IS going too far. Since the 1960s, more than 5.5 billion taxpayer dollars have been given by the government to Planned Parenthood, one of the largest abortion providers in America.

Since the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973, there have been more than 56 million unborn babies killed – legally. This number is equal to the total current population of California, Arizona, Colorado and Oregon combined.

They were not protected or given the right to “life, liberty and property” because they are not identified as a “person.” THAT is the government going too far.

African Americans fought for the right to be identified as a “person.” Unborn Americans of every color still do not have this status of “personhood” because they cannot speak or fight for themselves.

CI-108 would address the “human personhood” of the most vulnerable in our society – the unborn American. DO sign the petition to put CI-108 on the ballot and let the American people – not the government – decide.

Gladys Wittman



Last Updated on Monday, 18 June 2012 11:10

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The Titanic, 100 Years Ago

As I write this, it is April 14, 2012, and one century ago, the Titanic sank. This is a sad occasion, and the subject of movies. But, I prefer to remember the heroes who gave their lives so others might live. 

The engineers, boiler room workers, pump operators, electricians, officers, and many unknown people worked to keep the ship afloat as long as they could, saving over 700 lives. And, the heroic radio operator who was still calling for help, minutes before going to his icy grave. 

And, don’t forget the men who stayed on the ship, so women and kids could survive on the too few lifeboats. There were some women who refused to leave their husbands side, and died in their arms. That is love.

I wonder what would happen today? Would there be as many heroes? It seems like it is just every man for himself today. But, in a disaster, people who may not agree in their religions and politics, help each other when needed. 

I have wondered if I were on the Titanic, what would I do? That question is hard to answer without actually being in the situation. Maybe I would be playing with the band. Those guys might play music with the angels when the time comes.

My wife said she would not leave my side on the ship, and I know that is true. I am a lucky/blessed man. I don’t have to be on the Titanic to know that.

Bill Ackerley

Wyarno, Wyo.


Last Updated on Monday, 18 June 2012 11:09

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Support public schools

It is dismaying to note how many Republican Montana legislative candidates see “charter schools” as a way to “improve education.”

Diverting taxpayer public education funds to private schools does not “improve” education at all. In fact, where public funds are diverted into private education, then public schools deteriorate and become sad places for poorer left-over children who are not admitted to “better schools.”  It is class warfare.

Part of our democratic national heritage is educational opportunity for all children, and that requires publicly funded education.  Support public schools, not privatization.

Joan Hurdle



Last Updated on Thursday, 07 June 2012 20:36

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Don’t follow all commands

Let’s applaud President Obama’s approval of equal rights to all citizens including homosexuals.

However, some quote the Bible such as Leviticus 18:22 saying to kill homosexuals.

Could they please clarify these Bible quotes ?

Exodus 35:2 says anyone working on the Sabbath shall be killed. Am I obligated to kill them?

Exodus 21:7 says I may sell my daughter into slavery. Today, what is a fair asking price?

Leviticus 25:44 says I may own slaves if bought from neighboring nations.  May I own Canadians and Mexicans?

Leviticus 20:9 says anyone who curses father or mother shall be put to death. How soon ?

Leviticus 11:10 says it is an abomination to eat shellfish or fish without fins or scales. Is this a lesser abomination than being born homosexual? I don’t agree.

If they quote the Bible condemning homosexuals, should they also say, “Go thou and do likewise” to all the above?

Thankfully, we live in a democracy not a theocracy. America has a secular Constitution. No wonder we’ve been so fortunate since 1789!

Vern L. Klingman

Spokane, Wash.


Last Updated on Thursday, 07 June 2012 20:34

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Support Ron Paul

In regard to the upcoming election, I feel your news coverage should emphasize how important it is for Republicans to consider who will do the best job of repairing our economy. In this respect, Dr. Ron Paul stands head and shoulders above other candidates. Others will allow our overgrown government to interfere in our lives, but Dr. Paul understands the importance of keeping taxes low and maintaining freedom for businesses and citizens. Given the importance of such American principles as liberty and self-determination, Ron Paul is the only option.

Peter Olson



Last Updated on Thursday, 07 June 2012 20:34

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