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Michelle Malkin - A lesson for PP's pinup girls

Glam American actresses Emma Stone and Dakota Johnson adorned their pricey Oscars ceremony gowns and handbags with golden Planned Parenthood pins in the shape of the group's logo.

I believe there should be truth in virtue signaling. But bloodied miniature forceps would have clashed with the Givenchy and Gucci outfits worn by the abortion giant's pinup gals.

Since President Trump's reinstatement of the so-called "Mexico City policy" barring taxpayer funding of international nongovernmental organizations that perform and promote abortions, Hollywood progressives have turned up the volume on their abortion radicalism — and opened their wallets.

Golden Globes winner Tracee Ellis-Ross plans to hock 10 massive, red-carpet rings and donate the proceeds to Planned Parenthood. Pop songstress Katy Perry chipped in $10,000. The author of the "Lemony Snicket" children's book series, Daniel Handler, and his wife showered the peddler of harvested fetal organs with $1 million.

"We've been very fortunate," Handler explained, "and good fortune should be shared with noble causes."

"Noble?"

That's not how outspoken health professional Obianuju Ekeocha, an African-born biomedical scientist who grew up in Nigeria and now lives and works in England, sees it.

"The Africans are grateful for the Mexico policy!" she wrote me. Are you listening, Tinseltown?

In response to a campaign by Western feminists and liberal European governments called #SheDecides to raise global funding for abortions, Ekeocha published a bold and informative YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsOwsIxJcLo) excoriating elitists hellbent on funding and terminating unborn children in Africa — in defiance of how Africans actually feel about abortion.

Ekeocha noted that a recent Pew Research Center survey on global attitudes about abortion found that the vast majority of those polled in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, and Nigeria believe the practice to be "morally unacceptable."

Ekeocha actually traveled to African neighborhoods and interviewed women about the "noble cause" of elitist abortionists.

Catholic nuns, Muslim schoolgirls, millennial-age young women and elderly grandmothers all made their position clear:

"No to abortion!"

"We love babies, so we do not support abortion."

"We don't need any safe abortion as not[h]ing is safe in killing."

Beneath their costumery of progressive benevolence, liberal Hollywood "helpers" and global do-gooders exhibit a cold indifference toward the actual wants and needs of their supposed beneficiaries in the Third World. They're raising hundreds of millions for abortions, not for food, water and education.

This, Ekeocha accurately diagnoses, is "cultural imperialism."

And, remember, it's marinated in racist eugenics: Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood in 1916 "to stop the multiplication of the unfit." It would be "the most important and greatest step towards race betterment." In an essay included in her writing collection held by the Library of Congress, Sanger urged her abortion clinic colleagues to "breed a race of thoroughbreds." Nationwide "birth control bureaus" would propagate the proper "science of breeding" to stop impoverished, nonwhite women from "breeding like weeds."

Planned Parenthood activists blanketed the Third World with population-control propaganda preaching "the fewer, the merrier" and "Why carry more burdens?"

Outside of the privileged Hollywood bubble, Obianuju Ekeocha speaks for millions in condemning the butchers, predators and enablers of Planned Parenthood.

"They have not helped or furthered the cause and well-being of women in any way at all both in the developed countries and also in the developing countries," she told me. "Yet, they continue to get enormous funding from many western governments and also most unfortunately they get the support of celebrities like Emma Stone and Dakota Johnson who choose to be blinded by extremist (liberal) views that portray the killing of unborn babies as a women's right, progressive, health care, reproductive justice."

Take off your glittering abortion pins and open your minds.

"The truth is that abortion in all its forms is an abhorrent practice. Most people in Africa understand this very well," Ekeocha passionately explains.

"Whether a pre-born baby is killed in a back alley clinic or in an air-conditioned PP clinic, the killing of an unborn child is always barbaric. This is the one lesson we can teach Emma Stone, Dakota Johnson and all the other celebrities who are falling over themselves to support an abortion giant whose only legacy is that of death."

(Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin is the daughter of Filipino Immigrants. She was born in Philadelphia, raised in southern New Jersey and now lives with her husband and daughter in Colorado. Her weekly column is carried by more than 100 newspapers.)

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Let me explain how Ashland can become a low tax town

To The Daily Sun,

Those of us who live in Ashland know all too well that we are one of the highest tax-burdened towns in the state. A $200,000 home in Ashland costs $4,874 in taxes, in Holderness $2,836 and in Bridgewater $1,886. Our infrastructure is in need of repair no question. There are many things that should be done but can we afford to put even more pressure on the families struggling to get by?

The good news is that Ashland has the potential to actually become one of the lowest tax-burdened towns in the state. The opportunity is there, we must decide if we are going to take it or continue to ignore it. I will tell you how in a moment, but first Ashland voters must come to realize that if we continue to do things the way we have in governing our town, the more likely things will stay the same and continue to get even more costly.

Leadership is the key. The time of bickering over trivial, unimportant things must end. The time to start running our town like a business is now. The time has come to focus on the big picture.

Here is an example of leadership: Two local businessmen knew things did not add up. To find out what was going on and fix the problem meant becoming selectmen. One ran one year, the other the next. This is what happened next: they found theft of town funds, they found Ashland in the hole for $2 million, they devised plans to get out of debt, and voters chose which plan to use. The person committing theft went to jail, and the selectmen recovered $600,000 from insurance claim. The town started a sewer project from town to River Street and to the other side of the covered bridge for future expansion, and also contracted with a new supplier for town electricity to reduce rates and save money, and further contracted with an outside company to operate the town's water and sewer department, etc. All of this was done with NO commissioners and in one term. Others have provided the town with good leadership in the past. Good leadership is what we need.

How can Ashland become one of the lowest tax burden towns? We have a sewer treatment facility that we pay 100 percent to operate, but it is and has been running at only 15 percent capacity. That's right, we have 85 percent of our plant that is not being utilized. At 15 percent we are generating about $500,000 in sewer revenue. If we think outside the box and work really hard we have the potential to generate about $3.3 million per year.

Now, this is theoretical and would involve other expenses along the way but once developed, any funds not needed for the sewer department could be transferred to the town to offset taxes. (The town raises about $2 million through taxation for town's portion of taxes.) The potential sewer customers are there who could use our services. We have to get the ball rolling to foster confidence and build relationships.

The current commissioners have done a good job. They even got a grant for $250,000 to apply to a receiving station. Great job! Other officials and volunteers have also gotten grants and should be applauded. But there is only one way we stand any chance at all of ever developing this incredible potential and that is voting "Yes" for the town manager plan of government.

A good businessman as town manager focusing on the big picture can get the job done.

Tom Peters

Former Selectman, Current Trustee

Ashland

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