Editor:

I'm writing to clarify the information submitted by Angela Hamilton referencing our booth at your Cy Young Festival. The group name is Personhood Ohio www.personhoodohio.com, not parenthood.com.

The irony of Ms. Hamilton's comments published on July 4, when freedoms are celebrated; and in conjunction with what Personhood Ohio is doing to protect the basic freedom for little boys and girls -- LIFE, was timely indeed. Abortion takes the life of one and wounds the life of the other.

Personhood signatures were only gathered at our booth. A different group was gathering signatures for their cause. That's the beauty of America (freedom of speech), but if some would have it, only certain voices would be heard, and Planned Parenthood would continue to fill their coffers with our tax dollars and the blood of these precious children. Public discourse is where change is birthed. Patrick Henry said, "Give me liberty or give me death!" The Festival Committee is very wise indeed!

385,000 signatures are needed to put Personhood on the ballot, giving a voice to Ohio citizens concerning abortion, for the very first time EVER. The key to overturning Roe vs. Wade is confirmed by Justice Harry Blackmun's statement during the hearings nearly 40 years ago. "If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [Fourteenth] Amendment."

The freedom of LIFE that Ms. Hamilton enjoys every day comes from God, and being denied to 25,000 Ohio babies each year. They will never: ride on the rides, play the games, eat the great food, win a bunny or fish, cure cancer, create jobs with their businesses, pay into the tax pool, etc...America has been killing her future for 40 years change is now.

We had a very good time both days -- the discourse was amicable, in spite of the heat, which exposed the gracious nature of Newcomerstown's people. Thank you for your hospitality!

Nancy McFarland

Coshocton