Email letters, April 5, 2012

Kindness reminded visitor of Easter’s message of hope

I would like to express my thanks and the gratitude of my family to the people of Grand Junction this Easter. As a soldier deployed to Afghanistan, I flew in to your town from Herat after my brother was injured in an accident.

My arrival at your airport gave me an introduction to the caring and concerned people I would meet during my stay. From the cab drivers and hotel staff to the hospital workers and restaurant owners and employees I encountered, I was treated with kindness and regard for my brother’s condition. One good samaritan named Heather was notably supportive of me during a particularly tough period in a difficult time. She in many ways exemplifies the caring people of your town.

The residents of Grand Junction make me proud of my service to our country. Your townspeople also remind me that one of the messages of Easter is hope. Please thank your community on behalf of my family for extending hope to us at a time we needed it most.

JOHN KELLEY
New Haven, Conn.

It’s discrimination against women and it’s wrong

The League of Women Voters was born more than 90 years ago from the long fight to get women the right to vote. Since 1992, when League members studied health care policy, we have worked to ensure access to quality health care for all. The League also has a strong commitment and belief that public policy in a diverse society must affirm the right of individuals to make their own reproductive choices.

That’s why the League is so deeply concerned about recent proposals that would allow employers and health plans to block contraceptive services and discriminate against women.

By a narrow margin, the U.S. Senate recently defeated an amendment that would limit access to contraception for women if any employer or insurance plan has an undefined “religious or moral objection” to it. This open-ended invitation to cut back on preventative health care services would turn back the clock for women and for American society.

We understand that not everyone agrees with the League on this subject. But we strongly believe that public institutions, including schools and hospitals that receive substantial federal assistance, should not limit the health care choices available to their employees. Institutions that serve the public at large should not impose their own views, but should respect the conscientious decisions of each individual.

The League of Women Voters believes that all persons, regardless of gender, should be eligible for preventive health services. Allowing employers to exclude contraceptive services is discrimination based on sex, and it’s wrong.

TANYA TRAVIS, President
League of Women Voters, Mesa County
Grand Junction



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