Smartphones are a major distraction in society

Re:Raising children in the age of smart phones” (Openers, Jan. 28-Feb. 3).

I have one question for all of OSV and its readers: “If a phone rings, is there a law that says it has to be answered immediately?” Of course there isn’t; that’s ridiculous!

I go to the grocery store, to banks, to restaurants, fast food or fine dining, to movies, or I drive down the turnpike at 70 mph, and everywhere I go, people either are texting or talking on their phones. Granted, there is more technology on a hand-held cellphone than there was on the first lunar landing module. A whole world is at our fingertips — history, math, science or whatever we need. This small plastic endeavor of distraction has become so rooted into society that almost no one can be without it.

Put your phone down, turn it off and wait 48 hours. See how it goes. “But you need it for emergencies or work.” How many emergencies does the average person respond to in a year, and what did you or anyone do before the cellphone? I understand technology and the need for it. Jesus didn’t have a phone, and God still gave us the gift of salvation through his Word, and yet we still don’t pay attention to him.

Les Johnson, Akron, Ohio

Smartphone tactic

Re: “Raising children in the age of smartphones” (Openers, Jan. 28-Feb. 3).

I think one of the best strategies for keeping the phone from becoming a distraction is to turn off the sound on notifications. I finally caved and bought a smartphone a few months ago, and nearly every time I downloaded an app, I set it to not send me notifications at all.

Lisa Cooper, via online comment

Abortion

Re: “Respect Life Section, Jan. 21-27).

There was a little written commemorating an infamous date in our history — Jan. 22, 1973, the day seven Supreme Court justices legalized the killing of babies before birth for any reason, or no reason at all. However, not much will be written about abortion between now and next January, which will mark the 46th anniversary of the court’s fatal and fetal errors. It is almost as though there is a conspiracy of silence in the media. Reluctant or refusing to “tell the truth” (the first commandment of journalism) regarding the fact that abortion kills human beings, many in the media are as guilty in this respect as many in the medical profession, whose first commandment is to “do no harm.”

Unfortunately, these two professions are not alone in their reluctance or refusal to stand up and speak out for babies unable to do so for themselves. Lawyers, educators, politicians and even some members of the clergy have remained silent in this war on the unborn, which has resulted each year in the deaths of more than a million helpless members of our human family — the innocent unborn.

However, it is not just persons in these professions who have to stand up and be counted if we are to restore to our nation that most fundamental right, upon which it was founded, and to all persons endowed by their Creator the unalienable right to life, without which all other rights are meaningless. It is incumbent on all of us, we the people, unceasingly to pray for life, to speak up for life and to vote pro-life. Abortion is not only a dominant issue — it is a disqualifying issue. A candidate might be right on every other issue, but if he is wrong on abortion, then he is wrong. If not us, then who? If not now, then when?

Richard A. Carey, Needham, Massachusetts

Moved to tears

Re: “Receiving the ‘gift of tears’” (Faith, Aug. 21, 2016).

As my tears flow, no words or voice comes from my mouth during hearing the Mass, I know and feel the presence of the Holy spirit in my heart. A wonderful gift I received throughout my life, especially when I’m thanking Jesus for the blessing he bestowed upon me, when praying. He is alive, and his words are alive. His love is so abundant.

Jaylynn Gancayco, via online comment
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