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EDITOR: I read David Brooks’ column on abortion (“Internal note to Democrats: Time to rethink abortion stand,” Saturday). I too think that abortion needs to be legal but with serious, honest conditions attached. Abortion is killing a living thing, a child. There’s no way around that, and I don’t think we should distort the truth about it. Abortion is serious business.

I’m also tired of the word “rights.” Everyone screams for their rights, but nobody says a thing about responsibility. I think that maybe that word has fallen out of our dictionary. If truth be told, if you don’t — or won’t — assume responsibility, you don’t have any rights. A decent life just works that way.

In terms of unwanted babies, there are excellent means of birth control today. And, in my view, women — and men — have a right, and a responsibility, to use them.

In general, I think our country needs a serious campaign, much like the one successful campaign against smoking, whereby we tell our men and women: “We don’t make babies we are not prepared to care for. Period.”

JENNY HOUSTON

Santa Rosa

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EDITOR: For those seeking great jobs with excellent benefits (free fully furnished housing, car with chauffeur, usually great yard, health benefits), look no further than the current vacancy list for U.S. ambassadors. My perusal of the State Department’s database of ambassadorial appointments showed 44 countries still without a U.S. representative.

Almost all of these spots are peaches — the nasty places having been filled long ago by regular Foreign Service officers.

So put your bids in folks, and you too might be an ambassador to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Cuba, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Jordan, Korea, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden or Turkey, among other small and inconsequential countries.

Think the good old USA might be missing out on some opportunities here?

KATE SCHERTZ

Sonoma

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