Agency works to save lives
I am so excited and grateful to see that Planned Parenthood has opened a health center in Meridian.
It was 18 years ago when Planned Parenthood's compassionate and caring doctors diagnosed me with uterine cancer. I was only 19 years old, with my whole life ahead of me. Thanks to their early diagnosis I am a survivor. Without their care and guidance, I may not be here today, pursuing my masters in social work and raising my two amazing teenage children.
Don't read the hype from people who make assumptions about Planned Parenthood, their patients and their services. More than 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does in Idaho is preventive, including my diagnosis. And with the lack of access women have to health care in our state, this health center is desperately needed.
More than one in five Idaho women will come to Planned Parenthood at some point in their lives. Instead of spreading assumptions and rumors, let's celebrate greater access to compassionate, nonjudgmental care in our community.
KERRI BARGLOF, Boise
Organization provides service
Thank you Planned Parenthood in Meridian!
As a potential patient of Planned Parenthood, I am overjoyed to see the new location opening in Meridian. I, like the overwhelming majority of patients, have never gone to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. I am excited Planned Parenthood is now in Meridian because it means easier access to the health care that I need.
As a college student, I don't always have reliable health insurance. It is comforting knowing I can go to Planned Parenthood for annual pap smears and I can receive a breast exam to check for any worrisome lumps.
I know there are many more out there, just like me. We don't have the money or time or insurance coverage to regularly visit the doctor. But to ensure that we can have quality, affordable health care, we can go to Planned Parenthood.
And to Carol De Vito, who expressed her opinion in an April 5 letter to the editor, the services I can receive truly cater to women's health. What could be more "women's health" than providing a woman the peace of mind that her reproductive health is in proper working condition?
MISTIE TOLMAN, Meridian
Agency promotes more abortions
Response to letter by Susan Durick, asserting pro-life is about power grabbing and interference of access to birth control. We wish to spread truth and care for women's health ... truth and facts.
On opposition to birth control and abortion, we lack integrity? No, actually we disagree with birth-control on the basis it enables lustful sexual activity which consequently leads to so-called 'crisis-pregnancy,' and thus the artificial need for abortion to erase the so-called mistake through murder.
Great articles, including scientific study, that birth control doesn't make sex safe leads to very high risk for STD (I know personally) - check at Chastity.com. I made tons of mistakes with same false ideas you promote...saved by God's grace.
Support of Planned Parenthood truly leads to more abortion (contrary to the propaganda). Don't believe it? Check out the movie called "Blood Money," which includes a former abortion clinic owner's personal testimony to the fact. Or, please also check out the book by Abbey Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, called "Unplanned" - these people tell the real story of what is going on the inside of these so-called health care clinics - or try Ray Comforts movie "180." Get educated!
MARIO DI CINO, Boise
FALLEN TREE LAWSUIT
Camping has inherent risks
I am appalled by the Caldwell family who is suing the U.S. Forest Service over an injury to their son caused by a dead tree blown over by wind.
Yes, it is terrible it happened. Thank goodness he was not killed.
But where is their responsibility? They were camping remotely in a forest, where there are always dead trees. It is their responsibility to ensure that they camp in a safe spot, and that they are vigilant of their surroundings.
KATHY PERRY, Gilbertsville, Pa.
Ban the diatribes
During years of reading letters to the Statesman editor, I have counted multiple reasons for writers saying they intend to cancel their subscriptions. Permit me to add another: the endless postings, or ravings, of Dano Savino.
I contend that the Statesman posted March and April letters from Savino before 30 days elapsed. Additionally, do you not have rules on letters to the editor that prohibit derogatory, defamatory, excessively religious or irreligious statements? Savino covers all those bases, yet every 30 days, or less, the Statesman prints another mindless Savino letter which does not rise to the standard of drivel.
I'm sure I speak for a substantial portion of the Statesman's readership who believe that Mr. Savino's letters are offensive. I quote from his last letter: "so keep the faith, kids, for the ultimate price will be paid by these heathen politicians and Marxist, Muslim-loving liberals who vote these demoniacal Democrats into office." That statement in the context of his letter goes beyond offensive to threatening. Savino's diatribes have no place in a forum where reasonable people can exchange ideas. I urge the Statesman editors to reject his letters until Savino complies with some standard of civility.
BOB ALLRED, Eagle