Please choose adoption
Our nation grieves over the loss of the precious 6- and 7-year-olds from Newtown, Conn., in December. Everyone who heard about it was horrified and justifiably so. But in 2011, in Ada County alone, over 960 babies were aborted. They would be 2-year-olds today. Why is it acceptable to kill unborn children and call it a mother's choice, but if they just lived long enough to see the light of day, or grow to be 6 or 7 and then were killed, we call it murder? It makes no sense whatsoever. Just because a baby hasn't taken its first breath does not mean it is not a precious human being worthy of being loved and protected by its mother first, and our society as a whole.
Please choose adoption over abortion.
LYNN DELAMOTTE, Boise
Anti-choice meddlersmotivated by power
On April 5, I was once again blasted with multiple anti-choice letters to the editor. Hey! All you anti-choice meddlers - if you aren't personally passing out condoms by the bucket, you can't be taken seriously.
Like almost everyone else, I dislike abortion. That is one reason I support Planned Parenthood. They offer many affordable services to women and men which keep folks healthy and also prevent unwanted pregnancy.
Some anti-choicers weep for lost babies. However, almost all of them really want to control other people's sexual activity.
There's a lot of juicy power in controlling who has sex and its consequence. If you anti-choice crowd really want to stop abortion (as opposed to controlling who has sex), why aren't you on the birth control soapbox?
I challenge you to demonstrate your integrity. Many forms of birth control must be made easily available to everyone, without exception. That means inexpensive or free. That means available in every town, every public restroom and every high school. That means to everyone who wants to have sex. No excuses.
Through religion or tears, you condemn those who engage in abortion. I see you as craving power. And that's every bit as uncool.
SUSAN DURICK, Boise
Accusations not true
In the April 5 letters to the editor Carol De Vito, Branden Stauts (DDS), and Molly Miles used "murder" and "destruction" of children to express their opinions on abortion and Planned Parenthood's association with it. I understand the emotion they must feel to be certain enough in their beliefs to label others as murderers. No accusation could be more horrible.
Mr. Stauts seems to say that all Christians agree with him that any abortion is the destruction of a soul. Mr. Stauts is wrong. Millions of thoughtful, moral Christians believe a woman should have the right to make a choice; they are saying that a soul is not being lost. These same people, and many more, have struggled with understanding when a living sperm cell and a living egg cell are transformed to the point that taking away the right of a woman to decide what can be done to her body is the right thing to do.
The three authors are wrong to label all these people as supporting the murder of children. Making a difference, influencing a change, is hard to do when you label others instead of listen to them.
DAN MORROW, Boise
Look at the evidence
In response to Friday, April 5, letter "Look at the Evidence" from Molly Miles, Eagle.
Molly Miles needs to look at a little more evidence. As she states, "This isn't about a woman's body. It was about a woman's body when she went to bed with a man." Really Molly? Talk about an ignorant statement which is so insulting and demeaning to women. Did you ever consider the woman who has been a victim of rape by a stranger or acquaintance? Even worse...a victim of incest.
Your self-righteous views are yours to keep...please leave them that way. We don't need to hear or read about your lack of respect or empathy for women nor the unjust criticizing of Planned Parenthood.
LYNN THOMAS, Boise
Issue is not so simple
Braden Stauts (letter, April 5) wants to paint the abortion debate as black and white, with the antiquated Catholic view as white and the women's rights view as black. He accused Planned Parenthood of being in the "lucrative abortion business," yet stats show that only 3 percent of PP funding goes to abortions, and no profit made. He calls the pill "not a healthy choice," yet studies show that childbirth does more to harm a woman's body than the pill, especially if she has many children.
Misinformation is the friend of the anti-women's rights club. The real fallacy of his argument, however, is that the proven way to diminish demand for abortions is to: 1. provide comprehensive sex education in schools and 2. provide birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancies; two things that he opposes.
On the page opposite his letter, study showed that 75 percent of women will cohabitate without marriage by age 30. This is the 21st century, not the first. Laws will not prevent abortion. Education and birth control will. Plus, the greatest single problem facing humans today is overpopulation. Full planet means empty plates. Birth control is the necessity of the modern age.
DOUG VAN CUREN, Boise
Humor is part of effort
Call me Pete. I have two passions: comedy and politics. Some people would say that is just one passion. The 2013 Luna Recall Committee uses humor as a major tool to recall Tom Luna.
Feel free to go to our Facebook page: recallluna.com, download a photo of our blue and white bumper sticker and post a photo of yourself holding the color bumper sticker on our Facebook page. We want to fill our little Facebook page with photos from cities and towns across Idaho, both large and small. We especially want photos from tiny towns: Leadore, White Bird, and yes, even Bovill.
We plan the Luna recall election for Nov. 5, 2013 (Guy Fawkes Day). The Idahoans I talk with are furious with the Legislature and Luna for trying to bring back Luna Law No. 1 after it was overwhelmingly defeated last November. We are counting on this anger to fuel a successful recall.
I can't promise anyone that we will succeed in removing Mr. Luna from office. What I can promise anyone who joins the Luna Recall is that the next six months will be the most exciting and fun-filled time of your lives.
PETE PETERSON, Boise
Professional groupoffers teachers choice
Now that Senate Bill 1149 has passed the Legislature, school boards may request that teachers unions annually prove their majority before granting it the exclusive right to bargaining for all certified staff. Ninety one percent of educators in a recent Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE) survey agreed with this provision.
This law will promote accountability, transparency and good-faith bargaining. It will also empower teachers to take local control of their negotiations process. If teachers learn that their local union does not have a majority, or if they want to challenge the IEA affiliate, they can form a "local only" teacher association to bargain for them.
This innovative bargaining model gives teachers a seat at the table without the oversight, cost or partisan politics of teacher unions.
NWPE, a nonunion professional association, can help empower teachers to form effective "local only" teacher associations by referring them to experts in Idaho law and contract negotiations and providing them with nonbargaining support services such as liability insurance, legal counsel on workplace issues, and funding for a local attorney to assist with employment rights issues.
CINDY OMLIN, executive director,Northwest Professional Educators, Spokane
ROWE & EDUCATION
Idaho last in funding,high in achievement
After growing tired of hearing Mike Rowe bash Idaho education on the radio, I decided to look into the Education Week he mentions. You are right Mike, they rank Idaho nearly last in state funding. But when you look at "K-12 student achievement" in that same report Idaho is ranked 18th in the nation.
Mike Rowe has become famous for bringing dignity to some of the nastiest jobs; too bad he didn't take a little time to dig into this load of manure before putting his voice to it.
Educators, next time you have to hear him bad mouth you on behalf of the Albertson Foundation at least feel good knowing that what really matters, your students' success, ranks near the top in the nation.
Thank you for being part of the greatest profession.
JOSH RITCHIE, Boise
Note to the right:Obama is president
I do enjoy the letters, but some seem to be pointless because historically they are wrong, wrong, wrong! One in particular, from John N. Zarian of Eagle. His comment, "... conservatives in America outnumber moderates and dominate liberals (2 to 1), as consistently conducted by Gallup," is wrong.
The "poll" conducted last November did not show that at all. President Obama was elected for a second term. Sorry that news has not gotten to Eagle as of yet. Hate to tell you this, but Mitt and Ryan came in a distant second. So distant the national GOP is working hard to remove the akin of that event. But recent news shows that doing that is slow going, too. Especially in Alaska and Georgia, where the results and reason for the results have not yet arrived either.
Another thing. The media being owned by the 1 percent, is not nor ever will be liberal. Sorry about that, too. The rich in France are moving out of country. Maybe?
GARRY OWEN AULT, Boise
Residents, internsmiss key factors
This letter denotes one of the main stigmas not considered by the general public which psychiatric and ex-psychiatric patients face when being treated in the emergency room by residents and interns.
I find by reading my medical records that interns and resident doctors cannot get beyond the psychiatric labels. The psychiatric labels do affect the way I am treated in emergency rooms.
Even when psychiatrists are wrong in stating whether I was able to go on working due to my mental illness. I went on to work for 12 years, six of them working as a hospital ward secretary and six more years working in my home-care services business.
Another psychiatrist noted that I was not capable of living in independent living and going on 10 years I am still living in independent living.
Interns and resident doctors do not take into consideration my success in overcoming most of my psychiatric diagnoses.
SUSANNE M. COLVIN, Boise