Readers Weigh In on Domestic Violence, Cell Phone Cancer

From Wendy McElroy's column on the appropriate justice in domestic violence cases, to Steve Milloy's debunking of the correlation between cell phone use and cancer, the issues in this week's Views columns provoked an enthusiastic response from readers.

McElroy’s commentary redefining domestic violence motivated readers to provide their own meanings of the phrase and share their personal experiences. Meanwhile, readers offered a variety or responses as to whether a link exists between cell phones and brain cancer.

Here's a sample of this week’s mail:

Calion Simone writes:

Restorative justice seems to hold promise since justice is predicated upon fairness and even-handedness. Unfortunately, there are other variables at play. To institute such a policy would take away political and social influence from the professional victim industry. Fairness is the antithesis of their goals; they hope to continue benefiting from the disinformation that they foment.

For nearly 20 years, relevant empirical evidence has shown clearly that men and women batter one another equally in domestic situations; however, national media is heavily invested in pandering to special interest groups...

Jeet Kaul writes:

I do understand your stance against radical feminism, but please (pretty please) do not use domestic abuse as the hammer to confront your antagonists. There are real problems here. Domestic abuse did not just ruin my sister's life, but it has impacted her children, my parents, myself and my family and my brother. It has completely changed who we are as people. I hope you have the graciousness to accept that you may not know everything about this issue.

Grant Martin writes:

As an observer of this issue, it has always bothered me that "emotional abuse" is rarely (if ever) mentioned as the probable precursor to the physical abuse that gets the attention. Having suffered from the rage brought about by emotional abuse, I can sympathize with those men who could at least strike out against their abuser. I'm not saying that one is a lesser crime than the other. What I am saying is that I would not be surprised to find that a fair amount of physical abuse is triggered by some form of emotional abuse -- button pushing, if you will. One gets jail time. The other skates free.

Terry Johnson writes:

While I am disturbed by the abuse that happens in families, it is consistently notable that in the majority of families where abuse occurs, there is abuse that happens before marriage. I want to feel sympathy for the women who are abused in bad marriages. Please convince me that women are not just dumb animals.....make better choices. Stop rewarding men who abuse by marrying them.

Michael Stelly writes:

The greatest problem that I have with this article is that it exposes some of the insidious nuances and depth of patriarchal repression. Women are their own worst enemies. In the arena of enculturation and social justice, women more often than not play right into the hands of men who think that our society is just fine and should remain at status quo. It saddens me that your article seeks the same goal.

In response to Junk Science:

Del Bartlet writes:

One thing you fail to mention is the ridiculous amount for the lawsuit, $800 million for someone who would never make that much is insane! Until companies (who are the targets of) frivolous lawsuits start counter suing for publicity damages and court costs, these lawsuits will continue by greedy lawyers and their clients.

Jack M. Hope writes:

When I use my present phone for more than 20 minutes the unit gets extremely warm and continues to get  hot. Tell me I am transmitting at 1/2 watt peak while I am talking, and this unit is right next to my ear. I have a growth below my ear lobe where I use the cell phone. Please don't let fancy lawyers and judges dismiss evidence from cases they have no idea about. This is a major concern and should be looked into by a unbiased committee of RF engineers, radiologist, oncologist, RF interference specialists. These individuals cannot have any past or present association with cell phone carriers and vendors who are desperately trying to squelch this known problem.