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Published: Wednesday, 7/16/2014

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Faith claims ignore rights of women

Those who shop at Hobby Lobby ignore the chain’s owners’ political agenda (“About 40 protest top court decision in front of Hobby Lobby in Toledo,” July 5). Conservative Christians are using claims of religious freedom to derail the Affordable Care Act, and they are using women’s health and welfare to further their objective.

The cozy relationship between religion and the Republican Party is purely political, and has resulted in some of the most punitive legislation in modern history. Women are tired of having their privacy violated and their sex lives and reproductive health care used for political posturing.

Societies that can control their fertility are more equal and progressive, and have a better quality of life and education than ones that lack access to family planning.

SALLY KELLER

Sabra Road

 

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Not ‘radical’ to uphold law

Your July 1 editorial “Not a prayer” about the ruling in the Hobby Lobby case doesn’t do justice to the First Amendment, which protects freedom of religion. Since when is it “radical,” as your editorial said, to uphold the law of the land?

JACOB SCHULTZ

Jefferson Avenue

Addicted mothers can’t provide care

It’s not babies’ fault that they were born addicted to drugs or alcohol (“Born addicted,” editorial, June 20). A mother should be sterilized at the baby’s birth if she or the baby is addicted.

She chooses not to take care of herself during pregnancy. How can she take care of a baby?

NANCY LEWANDOWSKI

Perrysburg

Congress should heed Iraq message

In response to your June 20 article “300 U.S. military advisers to aid Iraqi security forces”: President Obama said: “Above all, Iraqi leaders must rise above their differences and come together around a political plan for Iraq’s future.”

Now if we could just get somebody to deliver the same message to Republicans and Democrats in our Congress about our country’s future.

JIM RICHARD

North Holland-Sylvania Road

Volunteer artists brighten east side

I offer a sincere thank-you to the LeSo Gallery and its volunteer artists for a minor yet visible and uplifiting beautification of the Main Street/​Starr Avenue corridor (“Turning trash into a treasure,” June 23). A little paint and a lot of care go a long way toward lifting our spirits and pride in Toledo’s east side.

PETER UEBERROTH

Van Buren Avenue



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