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Letters to the editor

Health care choice

Some people have complained that contraception has nothing to do with a woman’s health and therefore should not be a part of health insurance benefits. Really?

While pregnancy is not a disease it is, by definition, a condition. It is a condition that is a leading cause of death in women worldwide.

Each year millions of women, including many in this country, suffer complications and serious injury as a result of pregnancy. In other words, while childbirth should not be viewed as a defect, it is no walk in the park.

Choosing to have a child should be exactly that — a choice. Contraception has everything to do with a woman's physical and mental health.

If companies are allowed to pick and choose what health benefits they will provide or not provide to their employees, what will they object to next? Blood transfusions? Organ transplants? Cancer treatments?

Companies should make decisions that affect their business and leave their employees’ personal health decisions to their employees and their physicians.

Carolyn Hanes Independence Taxes for schools

It is time that people woke up. The takeover of public education by the private sector is happening all over this country.

Education in the United States has always had private, parochial and home schooling. Tax dollars never went to any of them.

Public education, the equalizer, is for the people who cannot afford to put their money into education on an individual basis. Because of taxation policies that determine that the wealthy should be exempt from paying their fair share, there is enough money in their hands that could be donated to private, parochial or home schooling.

Dr. Chris Nicastro had the Hall Foundation and the Kauffman foundation pony up more than $350,000 to do a research project on Kansas City education. The organization was CEE — Trust, which is mainly involved in charter schools. So I would say they already have an agenda.

H. Lon Swearingen
Kansas City GOP, Medicaid

Republican legislators in Missouri and Kansas refused federal funding for the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges or expanded Medicaid. The state insurance exchanges would be helpful to those shopping for health insurance, but the expanded Medicaid would provide health insurance to thousands of poor Missourians and thousands of poor Kansans.

These Republican legislators owe their respective states an answer as to why they refuse to allow this expanded coverage. It seems to me that their party is more important than their state or their country.

Shame! Shame! Shame!

John Meyer Blue Springs Civil rights, politics

According to some, Republicans hate women, the old, the poor, the young, blacks, Hispanics, the environment, dogs and anyone or anything else except rich white people and for-profit ventures.

A recent letter said the far-right opposed the Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregation. However, Wikipedia states that when segregation was outlawed by court order ... a die-hard element resisted integration, led by Democratic governors.

Republican President Dwight Eisenhower's 1957 Civil Rights Act started the Civil Rights legislative programs.

Jim Kilen Kansas City