So what you are saying is that you are pretty much a one issue voter unless things get too crazy.

As far as abortion goes with me it’s one of those things in life for which there is no good answer. It’s a wee bit like that old dilemma of choice.

Suppose a train is coming down the track on which your mother is tied. Just ahead of your mother there is a switch which can divert the train to a siding on which a dozen children are tied. Do you let the train keep on ahead and kill your mother or divert it and kill a dozen children?

As far as life is concerned I don’t get hung up on the concept of POTENTIAL life. There is no point at which potential life is any more important than any other point. For instance millions of sperm splashed across a Playboy centerfold had just as much potential for life as a few primitively developed cells as a result of conception, the next step down the line of human creation.

So where I draw the line is much more practical — sensation. Once life has reached the point of sensation, pain and awareness, abortion at that point, unless it threatens the mother’s life, I see as a crime.

The idea that every potential life is sacred I find rediculous. For every manmade abortion there are hundreds of spontaneous, natural abortions.

Indeed, life for me does not become special until life can be experienced by the living — the spark of awareness that is the real magic.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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