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This is a letter in response to Tami Jo Nix’s article of Feb. 18 regarding the recent Health and Human Services ruling requiring faith-based organizations to provide contraceptive coverage.

We like to watch “I Love Lucy” re-runs. In one episode, Ricky is seen wearing one of Lucy’s frilly aprons, ironing, with cigarettes tucked into the cuff of his shirt sleeve. Ricky taught us smoking was a good thing. Since then the research has shown that smoking causes disease and death, and harms more than the smoker.

Artificial contraceptives were first developed in the 1950s and became widely used in the mid ’60s. The pamphlet provided in each package warns against: Weight gain, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and death. Studies have repeatedly shown that women who use artificial contraceptives are at a much higher risk for breast, cervical and ovarian cancer.

Not so well known is the growing body of evidence that contraceptives may be hurting more than the women who use them. Here are some examples:

1. From 1965 to 1975, the same time period that artificial contraceptives became widely available, the divorce rate rose from 25 percent to 50 percent, an unprecedented demographic shift ( Indicators/Demographics.html).

2. Because of the breakdown of families through divorce, more women and children live in poverty and more children are living without fathers. This leads to other social ills such as gangs and increased violence. Read “Fatherless America,” by David Blankenhorn.

3. Hormones released into the environment from artificial contraceptives are having a negative effect on the environment ( spot).

4. A declining birthrate is bad for the economy (http://www how-declining-birth-rates-hurtglobal-economies). Could there be a correlation between our current economic state and artificial contraception use over the last 50 years?

At the root of the HHS’s recent requirements is an ideology that says that contraception is a good thing. In fact it is so good that Obama, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Tami Jo all agree that it should be required coverage. Apparently they haven’t seen the research. Is it possible that artificial contraception could be bad not just for women, but for families and for society, too? In the ’50s, Ricky thought that cigarettes were a good thing. In 1986, Desi Arnaz (aka Ricky) died from lung cancer. Maybe Ricky can still teach us something.

Michele Spencer,

Still propping up the oil monopoly

The lack of effort being seen by our government to find a solution to the monopoly of oil on our earth is disappointing.

What makes this disappointment even worse is that our local representative in Congress voted for a bill that would open up all 1.5 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain and almost every acre of our coasts in general along the Atlantic, and Pacific, as well as areas of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and Alaska’s Bristol Bay to Oil and Gas drilling.

Quote: “House leadership is pushing a shady plan to use speculative revenue from oil and gas drilling in the Arctic refuge and coastal waters to close the funding gap in the Transportation Bill. What they aren’t saying is that even the most generous revenue estimates will not be enough, as any revenue from drilling will be drastically reduced by state-revenue sharing agreements and any Arctic production revenues would likely not be seen for at least ten years.”

It’s a shame that our protected wildlife refuges are not considered protected when greed appears. But there is a chance to stop it.

I hope our local representative will vote against this bill in its final run.



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