Regarding the letter to the editor claiming that the Republican Party is trying to turn our society to the anti-women cultures of the Middle East (“GOP hostile to women’s freedom”):
No Republican argues in favor of women not voting, having limited jobs, being required to wear a cloak from head to toe, being required to be escorted by a male relative in public, and not driving. In fact, today there are more women in college than men, and no corporation or government would even consider having a different pay scale for men and women. Even the Marine Corps is trying to get a woman through its Infantry Officer’s Course.
Regarding reproductive rights, various safe contraceptives are universally available and inexpensive. I have never heard of anyone suggesting changing this. As for abortion, most Republicans agree with Hillary Clinton — abortion should be safe, legal and rare. Given that contraception is so readily available, there should simply be little need for abortions.
Clearly the letter writer is misinformed. Perhaps he should try watching Fox or reading the Wall Street Journal.
Regarding the Ross Douthat column “An unpopular agenda,” let’s see now: A tea-party-dominated Republican House majority stalls any Obama effort to address the more urgent issues, such as boosting employment with infrastructure or fiscal stimulus. So President Barack Obama addresses longer-term problems, such as climate change. And Mr. Douthat complains, not about the measures Obama advocates, but about his choice of issues.
Either Mr. Douthat has checked out of the political scene completely, or his goal is simply to defeat Obama at every turn, no matter on what ground.
Now, why ever would I think that?
BRUCE A. McALLISTER
beauty unfolds in story
“CRASH! BOOM! BANG!” We loved this article in the June 29 Accent Section. My husband — the retired coach and physical education teacher — brought this article to me — the retired high school English teacher — and said, “Did you read this? You have to read this! It’s one of the most descriptive, vivid, engaging articles I’ve seen in The Post in a long time!” Well, I agree: I enjoyed reading this article and “felt’” each descriptive image, sound, smell. Writer Barbara Marshall didn’t “tell,” she “showed” the majestic quirkiness of our Florida natural fireworks.
JANE AND ALAN MAUNUS
Palm City, Florida
us to Mother Nature
The “CRASH! BOOM! BANG!” article by Barbara Marshall was magnificent. Not only for her poetic skills and imagery, but also for the manner in which she dealt with the subject of lightning storms. I grew up just south of Tampa and as a teenager I worked on the Anna Maria Island Pier. Some of my favorite times were sitting and watching the lightning over the Gulf of Mexico. What a show! Most people caught in the storm would cower in a corner, but I loved every moment. Barbara Marshall’s article should awaken all of us to one of Mother Nature’s most wondrous displays. I am an author and say, “Well done. Thanks.”
Kyle Petty not
one to judge
I see where Kyle Petty has pronounced that “Danica Patrick is no racer” in your sports page. Not terribly important compared to all the other news these days. But, if my memory is correct, ol’ Kyle was about one win per hundred races over an 800-race career. Did anyone get up on national TV (I think they had TV back then) when he was halfway through his first Sprint Cup season and pronounce that he was no racer?
Gay rights ruling
step toward harmony
Finally! A huge step in the right direction. I couldn’t be more pleased to see the headline “Historic victory for gay marriage.” Now we just need Florida to step it up and stop prohibiting same-sex marriage.
Why people care if gay folks get hitched is so puzzling to me. Being gay is in your genes and is not a product of your environment. God made us all perfect — different, yet perfect — and every living soul has the right to be the person they were born to be. I look forward to the day when the judgment stops and we all live in harmony, accepting those who are different from us.
Global warming agenda
ignores people’s welfare
President Barack Obama’s obsession with global warming threatens the welfare of the country generally, and utter devastation of coal states specifically. Global temperatures have been flat or declining for the past 16 years, and every computer model that predicts global warming has been proven wrong.
Our president proposes to ignore the will of the people by circumventing our representatives and directing the EPA to promulgate regulations that would literally put countless coal-fired electrical plants out of business, and make opening new ones impossible.
The states should robustly fight any such regulations on two grounds. First, with the science in flux, such draconian regulations are at best arbitrary and capricious.
A more compelling argument is that the regulations constitute a taking of property without due process.
Sometime in the late 1700s, we, the people, decided against having a king. Perhaps somebody should tell President Obama of our decision.
CHARLES B. ZURAVIN
West Palm Beach
Create a policy of
inclusion, not exclusion
I applaud the editorial about the necessity of the House to pass comprehensive immigration reform, with a pathway to citizenship (“Overcome ‘fences’ in House”).
The editorial writer left out one reason for a path to citizenship that, for me, is the most important reason of all: it is for the good not just of immigrants, but for our country.
It is not good for any country to have a large group of non-citizens who nevertheless have to pay taxes and are expected to abide by the laws of the country, have children who are citizens, yet they themselves are excluded from the political process.
Participation in voting is one way that we have kept this country together for over 200 years. People who are excluded from the political process, especially from voting, have no stake in the success of the fragile system that we call democracy. We have seen this in other countries, and we have even seen it in our own country when we had a Civil War because so many were excluded from the political process.
In “Guns must remain an American symbol,” Tim Hullihan correctly cites the musket as such a symbol. As a former Massachusetts resident, I remember the famous statue on Lexington Green of the Minuteman standing proudly with musket in hand, representing freedom and rugged individualism.
Mr. Hullihan is right that bad stewardship from the NRA and gun manufacturers has distorted the symbol. The gun/musket is a symbol from our historical roots, but moving forward to the 21st century we have to realize the symbol itself has created the problem. Mr. Hullihan states that guns are family treasures that should be passed down to future generations and be cherished, shared and venerated. Mr. Hullihan would achieve all of his objectives if he were not to overly romanticize gun ownership and realize the gun, in this day and age, is merely a utilitarian tool used for sport or self protection.
Sports page ignoring
local baseball teams
Is the sports editor aware that we have two local baseball teams that play at Roger Dean Stadium almost every night from April through September?
It is an effort to search for the results of the Florida league teams. Usually they’re buried on the back page or in the lowest corner of the page.
I read incessantly about the “what do I care” Miami everything, but nothing about the Jupiter or Palm Beach teams.
The local baseball is a real bargain and a great evening out for families and couples seeking sports without a $100-plus price tag.
I frankly don’t give a flying pigeon about Miami anything. If I wanted to live and breathe that city, I’d live there.
Palm Beach Gardens