Friday February 1, 2013

In the annals of American history there are events to be celebrated or memorialized. In this year, 2013 A.D., there are several coinciding episodes interacting at the numerical crossroads. Usual anniversary years are divisible by a factor of five.

* 1963 -- Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy was shot and killed by an assassin's bullet.

* 1968 -- Forty-five years ago, Robert Kennedy was shot and killed by an assassin's bullet.

* 1968 -- Forty-five years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed by an assassin's bullet.

* 1973 -- Forty years ago, Roe v. Wade allowed the legal killing of 55 million babies to date.

This past November, we commemorated the 150th year of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln. It is arguably the greatest civil rights act in American history.

Segue 110 years following a great triumph of human liberty to January 22, 1973. Inhumanity and injustice, not remaining idle, mocked Lady Liberty in this "hollow" halls of justice. In the U.S. Supreme Court, men in black pulled the figurative trigger on 55 million innocents.

Abortion is an American holocaust, and there appears to be no heroic leadership to end the carnage. Unless we change, recognize the horror, admit our shame and stop the killing, Abraham, Martin and John have died in vain. RONALD DESILETS

North Adams