Letters to the Editor

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ELECTION: Steve O’Ban is wrong about women

Re: “State Democrats fight Hobby Lobby ruling” (TNT, 10-3).

Women gained the right to vote with the 19th Amendment in 1920. Did anyone ever tell state Sen. Steve O’Ban this? His recent comment that birth control and the Hobby Lobby decision aren’t important issues for voters is either astonishingly outdated by a century or remarkably tone deaf.

Half of his constituents are women, and 99 percent of women in this country have used some form of birth control. This is essential preventative health care, not a campaign issue.

Women do in fact vote in the 28th District, and for

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HOBBY LOBBY: Why backslide on rights?

Re: “State Democrats to fight Hobby Lobby ruling” (TNT, 10-3).

It’s encouraging to see Washington Senate Democrats take a stand on women’s reproductive rights. And what an important stand it is. Just when we thought women were assured of equal access to contraceptives, along come Hobby Lobby and its advocate, a highly conservative U.S. Supreme Court.

All of which raises a question: How is it that our progress in technology is amazing and unrelenting while our progress on social issues is prone to faltering, even marching backwards at times?


COURT: Patty Murray uses sexist language

Sen. Patty Murray is pushing a bill to overturn Burwell v. Hobby Lobby by repealing part of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (which Murray voted for in 1993, by the way). Among the various slogans she is using, there is the plaintive cry that “five male justices” have deprived women of their rights.

Evidently, Murray – along with her numerous cohorts – feels that male jurists are not qualified to make legal decisions affecting women vis-à-vis birth control. And yet, one has to wonder: What about the seven male justices who decided Roe v. Wade? Or for that matter, the

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RELIGION: Hobby Lobby in danger of overreaching

Hobby Lobby’s narrow 5-4 win recently did not give it a mandate to push its religious beliefs any further than its corporate front door. Its full-page ad in the July 4 News Tribune was highly offensive to believers in freedom from religion.

Hobby Lobby could use a large dose of that good Christian virtue, humility. The pendulum will swing back.


HOBBY LOBBY: Decision is a step toward fascism

The Hobby Lobby court ruling which allows closely held (family? held) corporations to not pay for certain kinds of birth control is one more step toward fascism – which I define as corporations/businesses ruling our government.

Employees who do not hold similar religious beliefs should not be denied certain kinds of contraception because it is against the corporate founder’s religious beliefs.

The Hobby Lobby’s ruling is a step back of at least 50 years. Citizens United was a step back to the late 1800s when the rich really did hold all the power. Two of our forefathers, Benjamin Franklin, and

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ACA: Should coercion be used to force coverage?

Hobby Lobby feels that four out of the 20 kinds of contraceptives mandated for coverage in the Affordable Care Act are against their religious convictions. The U..S. Supreme Court recently heard the case and will issue a ruling sometime before the court’s term ends in June 2014.

The right would like to frame the debate as a religious freedom issue. The left would like to frame the debate as an individual liberty issue. So which is it?

I think it could fall under a larger umbrella of freedom of conscience. Will individuals be forced to go against their conscience because

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HOBBY LOBBY: Issue is abortion, not birth control

Re: “Hobby Lobby case: Discrimination in guise of freedom” (Viewpoint, 3-28).

Hobby Lobby is not “opposed to contraceptive coverage” and is not “discriminating against women.” Hobby Lobby has a history of providing excellent employee medical coverage that includes contraception.

The Affordable Care Act mandate requires that the company provide all 20 FDA-approved drugs or devices. Hobby Lobby objects to the four that are potentially life-ending. The issue is abortion, not contraception.

This is not about “a license to avoid complying with otherwise neutral laws that apply to everyone equally,” as the authors suggest. In reality, 93 percent of employers

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