published Monday, July 7th, 2014

Birth control not a right and other Letters to the Editors

Birth control not a right

There are some things that are rights, and there are other things that people have been led to believe are rights. A right is something that is enumerated in our Constitution to keep our government out of -- the right to free speech; the right to freely assemble; the right to bear arms, etc. But we do not have the right to contraceptives. And we certainly don't have the right to make someone else pay for them. We have been trained by our government to think entitlements are rights. They are not.

GERALD WHITELY, Ringgold, Ga.


Creationists appeal to intolerant

The overwhelming view of the scientific community is that creation science is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms. Bad science and even worse theology, creationism is a theological concept that masquerades as science and relies on scientifically untestable supernatural theories. The various science disciplines, e.g. anthropology, archaeology, paleontology, etc., have formed societies that maintain the professional standards of their respective fields. If proponents of creationism are interested in being taken seriously by the scientific community, they are welcome to join these societies, attend the meetings, and present and defend their theories. They have been notably conspicuous by their absence. Creationists first confronted the scientific world and failed. Next they tried the courts, where they were also turned back. Now they have appealed to the political establishment, where standards are less rigorous and ideology, votes and money talk. As a result much of the Republican Party has become increasingly subservient to a brand of religiosity that is intolerant of science and reason. Why are creationists making this political effort? Probably because they realize those who struggled with 10th-grade algebra and 11th-grade chemistry (like me!) are less rigorous in their standards and judgments than legitimate scientists.

GEORGE B. REED JR., Rossville


Obamacare cost surprising, irksome

The Obamacare penalty just caught up with me this month. It was explained to me that the $30 increase in my private health insurance premiums was mandated by the Affordable Heath Care Act! "You're welcome," whoever you are, now that I'm financially subsidizing your federal health care. WILLIS MARTIN

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conservative said...

GEORGE B. REED JR., Rossville

There is Monkey DNA and there is human DNA and never the twain shall meet!

And that Sir, is Science!

July 7, 2014 at 8:06 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Mr. Whitely, you're right, except what about the hypocrisy of covering drugs like Viagra while refusing to cover contraception??

July 7, 2014 at 9:04 a.m.
LibDem said...

GERALD WHITELY, Don't forget the right to semantics.

July 7, 2014 at 9:34 a.m.
timbo said...

NO ONE IS STOPPING BIRTH CONTROL COVERAGE. It was only a narrow type of drug and only applies to one case. Quit lying about it.

Also, women can have sex with no birth control. They can use the rhythm method and other things. Some men can't have sex at all without VIAGRA. Viagra services a medical condition that can't be helped. Pregnancy can be avoided if you just cross your legs. It is completely different and ridiculous to use Viagra to make your point. One has nothing to do with the other and it is childish to compare them.

Viagra or birth control is not a "right." If it is, show it to me in the constitution. It was offered privately by companies as a perk of employment and to sell the insurance.

As far as Obamacare, it is not in the law at all. It was written in a basement by the HHS people pandering to women.

Believe me, it is not a right, but I will pay more taxes in order for liberal women to have all the birth control they want. We don't want them to have little liberal babies who might grow up and vote for stupid stuff.

For a conservative, it is not a right, but it sure makes sense to keep you sexually active liberals from getting pregnant.

July 7, 2014 at 11:39 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Takes two to tango. One of the items refused by HL is the IUD, ideal for women who cannot tolerate the hormones in the pill. It does not cause abortion, it prevents fertilization. Birth control varies because women vary in their physiology. Why is the IUD excluded? Probably because it is expensive. Since HL does business with China, and invests in abortion drug manufacturers in its employee pension plans, I have to conclude that it is about money. That it covers drugs like Viagra makes me think it is also about punishing women for having sex. I find your comment disturbing, timbo.

July 7, 2014 at 12:33 p.m.
Plato said...

Birth control isn't the bigger issue here, rather it's the blurring of the line between constitutional rights of citizens and constitutional rights of corporations. First the Supremes said corporations can have freedom of speech, and money is speech, now they are saying corporations can have their own religious beliefs and can exempt themselves from laws that violate their religious beliefs. What they didn't explain is what process a corporation must follow to determine it's religious beliefs.

Case in point, what happens if one of Hobby Lobby's owners becomes a 7th Day Adventist and it now becomes against his religious beliefs to open the store on Saturday? Can he force the store to shut down against the will of the other owners? Can he sue the other owners if they don't comply? whose rights prevail?

This opens up a legal Pandora's box that should make every trial lawyer in the country smile.

July 7, 2014 at 2:20 p.m.
Ki said...

Notre Dame is the next in line before the Supreme Court on this issue. Will all those companies and institutions refund all those federal dollars they've received from the federal government over the years? I'm still waiting for some investigative reporter to dig up where HL got funding from the feds at some point on their journey to success.

July 7, 2014 at 4:19 p.m.
moon4kat said...

oh, timbo . . . your comment is hilarious. And, if you are seeking lines of comparability, don't forget that men won't need Viagra if "they just cross their legs."

July 7, 2014 at 4:29 p.m.
Ki said...

/sho'nuf, moonkrat. Great advice. Some of those * geezers* trying to get their young groove back by taking that viagra have been finding themselves on the wrong side of the law chasing young underage girls. Like that 90 year old recently in the news accused of trying to play with a young relative's teets.

July 7, 2014 at 8:05 p.m.
Landgrabbr said...

WHAT!!! Dammit, you cannot say teets on this thread! Where are these alleged TFP monitors, censors, arbiters or whatever the hell some of you necks said they were.

Just a warning Ki, you can only depict them as symbols (@@, VV,QQ), describe them medically or cosmetically (areola, mammary glands or lovely, abundant, ample breasts), talk around them (literally) and play with them BUT YOU CANNOT SPELL THEM. After the tongue lashing I received from some of these whack jobs (rather enjoyed it), I was never the same.

Ahhh, where is Ken Orr when you need him…

July 7, 2014 at 9:20 p.m.
LibDem said...

Meanwhile, the National Right to Life Committee has again endorsed Congressman Fleischmann for his continued support for punishing women for having sex.

July 8, 2014 at 9:31 a.m.
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