Letters to the Editor

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Tag: abortion

May
9th

PARKER: Columnist stuck in her own ‘quagmire’

It’s no wonder Kathleen Parker sees a “quagmire of absolutism” in the arena of public discourse; she is up to her neck in it (column, 5-9).

She quotes a silly statement from former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson about the lack of Hispanic-ness in Ted Cruz, senator from Texas, then segues into some pet “absolutes” of her own. Among her unsubstantiated tropes is the assertion that pro-choice women do not have any sincere moral objections to the destruction of life, and that same-sex marriage results in the “dissolution” of the traditional family.

In this instance, any credibility that could

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April
24th

GUNS: Why not address real causes of death?

President Obama feels that Congress has let us down by not passing a gun-control bill. He feels that even if the law will just save one life it is worth it. Removing emotion and political gamesmanship, let’s look at facts.

Annually over 11,000 people are killed by drunk drivers. Annually close to 4,000 people are murdered in the U.S. by illegal citizens. Annually there are close to 380,000 abortions in the U.S. The number of murders by handguns in the U.S. is close to 10,000 per year with less than 1,000 of these being children under the age of 18.

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Feb.
25th

ABORTION: Rodney Tom sends the wrong message

In the article regarding the Reproductive Parity Act (TNT, 2-19), I was struck by the comment made by Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, that he is a supporter of abortion rights. I found the statement he made – “I’m down here making sure that my 17-year-old daughter has the kind of protection we need in Washington state and that all of our kids have those same kinds of protections” – especially chilling.

Is this the message we want to send to our 17-year-olds, that abortion is now the contraceptive of choice?

There are safe ways of preventing pregnancy

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Feb.
25th

ABORTION: How about coverage for infertility?

I am so disappointed in our state’s decision to mandate insurance companies to cover abortions (TNT, 2-23). What about covering the cost of infertility treatment for those who are trying to conceive?

I personally know several couples who have gone through the infertility process, consciously trying to have a child, and spending thousands of dollars in their attempts. Where is the insurance benefit for these couples?

Since contraception is so readily available to anyone at any time, it almost stands to reason that the number of abortions should be very low, and certainly not something that insurance plans should

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Jan.
28th

GOP: To stop being ‘stupid party’ is an admirable goal

I’m not quite sure what to think of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent speech. On one hand, I loved the part that said the Republicans “must stop being the stupid party.” Unfortunately, the rest of the speech indicated that he, too, was in need of some educating.

For example, Jindal’s America:

• Relegates women to the lowest form of human life – following men and the unborn. Denying women the right to make their own medical decisions is the worst form of tyranny.

• Shoves gay people back into the closet by denying them the right to marry whom they

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Jan.
22nd

GUNS: Save more lives by banning abortion

Re: “To prevent gun violence, pick battles carefully” (editorial, 1-18).

Your editorial was one of the most balanced gun control pieces I have read to date.

I am one of the “hard-liners” you are trying to influence. For me, the Second Amendment serves two purposes: It gives me the right to protect my family and the ability to fight against a tyrannical government.

The same day’s paper laments having a firearm in the home makes you more vulnerable to firearm violence. Well, of course it does. I don’t own a zebra, but if I bought one my chances of

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Jan.
16th

GUNS: Would Obama really save every life?

President Obama stated that gun control laws should be put in place to protect every life, even if the law would only save the life of one child. A worthwhile statement. All children are precious and should be protected.

However my question for him is, if all life is so valuable and should be protected at all costs, why does he support abortion, which takes the lives of over 300,000 unborn children every year?

Jan.
16th

GOP: Party today doesn’t respect women

Re: “Remember who gave women the vote” (letter, 1-15).

Republicans today apparently neither respect nor like women. Republicans want to end subsidies to Planned Parenthood, which provides health care to low-income women. Republican governors pass laws forcing women to undergo uncalled-for medical exams if they’re seeking an abortion.

Republicans failed to renew the expired Violence Against Women Act (enacted in 1994) and stall on renewing the International Violence Against Women Act. Republicans huff and puff about Social Security and Medicare, the recipients of which are mostly women.

Granting women the vote 93 years ago does not forgive today’s Republicans and

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