I have just read a letter to the editor (“Letter-writer off base in attacking GOP”) in which the writer insisted that no Republicans have argued in favor of women not voting, claims no corporation would consider a different pay scale for men and women, is adamant that no Republican has ever suggested limiting access to contraceptives and states there is virtually no need for women to have abortions. He goes on to say people would be far better informed if only they obtained their “facts” the way he does, from Fox “News” and The Wall Street Journal. (Two of Rupert Murdoch’s most successful propaganda venues). The factual ignorance and the level of irony demonstrated by the writer might be more amusing had I not found the success of the brainwashing so thoroughly terrifying.
Writer can’t possibly
believe own statements
Regarding “Letter-writer off base in attacking GOP”: Two statements show me how totally clueless some people are. “No corporation or government would even consider having a different pay scale for men and women.” And this: “Given that contraception is so readily available, there should simply be little need for abortion.”
I wish I could be more eloquent in my response, but here’s all I got: HELLO!
West Palm Beach
Writer blind to limits
on women’s ‘freedom’
Maybe your letter-writer’s lack of awareness regarding anti-women Republican legislation is because he’s been busy watching Fox News.
American women are not “forced” to cover themselves or be escorted by a male relative or denied the right to drive. And, yes, women go to college. However, women are part of that group of eligible voters whose voting rights have been curtailed by restrictive voting legislation enacted by Republican majorities in many states, including Florida.
As for job limitations, thanks to Florida’s current Republican Legislature, and Gov. Rick Scott, Florida has joined Wisconsin and Indiana in negating local leave and attendance laws and now prevents Florida’s political subdivisions from requiring private employers to provide employees with disability, sick leave or “personal necessity” benefits, among others; no local business can be forced to provide sick leave. Women, who are by far the primary breadwinners for their family, who are ill or need time off for needed health care for themselves, their spouse or their children, may not get paid for time off and may risk losing their jobs if they do. Many of these women are also working at minimum wage and can ill afford to lose any pay.
As for “no corporation or government would even consider having a different pay scale for men and women,” the writer must have been out of this world on this one.
Contraceptives freely available? Not if Republican legislators can help it.
As for the abortion issue, yes, abortion should be safe, legal and rare but not banned completely, as in some states, or restricted by legislation passed by the Republican House last month.
No war on women? Unfortunately, there is — led by Republicans all over this great, “free” country of ours.
Royal Palm Beach
No war on women?
Check the facts
North Carolina’s new anti-woman bill that restricts insurance coverage of abortions and sets nearly impossible standards for women’s clinics was ironically tacked on to an anti-Sharia law bill, only days after GOP-run Ohio passed some of the most restrictive abortion measures in the country. Indiana, Virginia, Michigan and several other GOP-run states have passed or are working to pass laws that force women to undergo an unnecessary trans-vaginal ultrasound (and to pay for it) before any abortion; even in rape and incest cases.
GOP presidential candidates backed “personhood” laws which would criminalize several forms of birth control and the GOP-led House has defunded Planned Parenthood.
House Republicans refused for more than a year to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act because they did not want undocumented women, lesbians or Native American women to be protected from domestic violence under the law.
Senate Republicans unanimously voted against a bill to help guarantee fair pay for women. President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats had been pushing for “equal pay for equal work” to improve the lives of women. Republicans blocked this bill, just like they’ve blocked every other bill that promotes fairness and equality for women.
No war on women? Facts are facts.
Once more I am appalled by the blatant hypocrisy of the Republicans in denying any “War on Women” specifically related to a woman’s right to choose and use of birth control methods including the morning-after pill.
The recent stealth laws passed in Ohio and North Carolina and famously on the agenda in Texas severely limiting abortion and subjecting women to invasive ultrasounds against their will is typical of Republican-controlled statehouses around the country.
As a nurse, I particularly deplore the forced interpretation of these tests, including misinformation such as abortion can cause cancer, as an intrusion on doctor/patient confidentiality. Abortion is not used as a convenient “oops” form of birth control. It is a heart-wrenching choice for a woman for medical or socioeconomic reasons and one she hopes she will never have to make.
Now the state seeks to force her to carry a non-viable fetus or product of rape or incest to term or a bear a child she may not want or cannot support.
I also object to the fundamental Christian aspect of these laws. Somehow they are convinced there is some sort of biblical imperative to save minuscule groupings of cells but forget that Jesus’ ministry was an injunction to care for the poor and humble and toss out the moneylenders. For those of us who do not consider the Bible to be the last word on science and moral values, the cherry-picking is more than objectionable.
Why picked Rubio?
He’s part of solution
Concerning the story, “Cost-of-living trim decried,” about protests against using the “chained CPI” to reduce increases in Social Security benefits: Did the protesters and their Democrat-leaning cohorts receive a wake-up call when they realized President Barack Obama lied about his plans for Social Security and reductions in cost-of-living increases? I think not because whose office were they picketing? Marco Rubio’s!
Just wait until a half-trillion dollars gets stripped out of Medicare to help fund Obamacare. I wonder who they will picket then.
In case you haven’t noticed, Sen. Marco Rubio is part of the solution not part of the problem. Perhaps it would have made more sense to picket the offices of your Democrat senator.
Climate ‘crisis’ is
politics as usual
Are we really ready to turn over the world’s thermostat to politicians who conveniently tie the word “crisis” to every major concern, then position themselves as the only ones with the ability to solve the problem? They never want to let a crisis go to waste.
The planet has been warming since the Ice Age, and if all mankind’s activities were scientifically the major cause of the problem we would be talking about indisputable science — which global warming is not. Just what is the right temperature for Earth? Perhaps a little warming might be good for Earth’s inhabitants. It has been up to this point.
What about a period of global cooling, should we engage the politicians, with their fingers on the thermostat, to warm us up? And why is it that so many of these crises ultimately involve the further transfer of U.S. citizens’ dollars to government and, amazingly, to other countries? How many times must we be duped by this administration?