To the Editor

May 22, 2012

By Contributor

Planned Parenthood

Organization offers more choices for women’s health issues than abortion

We were two of the people who stood across the street from Planned Parenthood in March and April. We, like our fellow Planned Parenthood supporters, stood in the rain and in the sunshine, across the street from people praying to their God to end abortion, to show our commitment to healthcare access.

Planned Parenthood is about so much more than consultation regarding abortion. Women, old and young, need quality healthcare; they need information about family planning, and they need access to safe and private qualified medical assistance when encountering an unwanted, unplanned, or forced pregnancy. All of these are very personal issues and must be the choice, and the decision to take action only of the woman involved.

We live in a country, under a government that has established the separation of church and state. Any act that would blur those lines would tear away our solid social fabric. We stood with Planned Parenthood then, today and tomorrow.

Pat Martin and Francie Greth-Peto

Sammamish/IssaquahMoveOn.OrgHouseGroup 

 

Staff provides more understanding than protestors from Catholic Church

Referencing Kim Borom’s opinion that protesters at Planned Parenthood recently were offering options to abortion: In my opinion this is clearly misinformation. She may not be aware of the Catholic Church’s (these protesters were from Mary, Queen of Peace) stand on abortion but they were not there to offer anything but their condemnation.

On the other hand if, like her, you walk into a Planned Parenthood determined to have an abortion they (the staff) will not stand in your way and pray for your redemption from sin; they will help you stand by your choice and it is my belief that a choice of this magnitude should be the woman’s and not unduly influenced by a boyfriend or parents.

Planned Parenthood has always offered advice on “options” to those who ask, but again, your choice is what they respect. With 20/20 hindsight, Borom believes now it was not the choice for her and her guilt has manifested into a desire to share sources of good options with others. This is not the same stand the Catholic protesters took while standing at the entrance to Planned Parenthood and trying to shame everyone who entered there.

Keep in mind that Kim’s reference to Rachel’s Vineyard is an organization wholly funded by the Holy Roman Church.

The church’s stand on human rights is an abysmal mess. You only have to look at the murder of the gnostics, the Crusades, woman as priests, slavery, The Inquisition or their assistance to the Nazi war criminals to realize they are not your best or only source of advice.

Kendrick Allen

Sammamish

 

Tourism

Small-town charm is good for business

As a resident of Issaquah and a traveler who seeks the unique charm of small towns wherever I roam, the article that ran in a recent Issaquah Press, “Effort to boost local economy focuses on competitiveness,” caught my attention. Keith Niven, chosen to lead the “economic development effort,” said “There is a lot of money to be made in tourism … We need to figure out what Issaquah’s place is in Eastside tourism.”

I think most of us agree with the town’s senior citizenry that Issaquah has grown exponentially over the decades. Where once there were only majestic pines, there are now rows of homes with prime views. The trickle-down effect of growth can be beneficial for all, but I’m hopeful that we don’t lose what it is that draws folks to Issaquah.

A recent visit to Mount Vernon for a nephew’s wedding reminded me of the area’s lovely landscape. But being a shopper and a foodie, I also enjoyed the outlets and the restaurants. I was only too happy to part with my money in establishments that were unique to the area, and where service was of the good, old-fashioned kind.

Let’s ensure that Issaquah will continue to have the same draw for tourists. Wouldn’t that be good for business, and a great sense of pride for us locals?

Millie Vierra

Issaquah

 

Missed votes

Representatives seem to have more excuses than actual votes cast

Thank you Mr. Kagarise for your article entitled, “Local legislators top list for missed votes,” dated May 2, 2012. The 5th Legislative District representatives have a long history of topping the list of missed votes, not just for this year and last. Just imagine if one of us did not show up to our job 15 percent to 20 percent of the time.

A year or two ago, in The Press, when Pflug was asked to comment on her poor attendance, I believe she stated that she was going to grad school and it conflicted with her work schedule. Now she says she is too busy talking with the governor. Wow!

As you stated Anderson (95 missed votes) is leaving his position to run for lieutenant governor, just the kind of fellow we need there. Rodne is the only one of the bunch who had a semi-good reason to miss so many votes — his military reserve service.

These people are salaried, public servants who get paid whether they show up or not. They sponsor one high-profile piece of legislation a year so they can put something in their campaign literature. The rest of the time they are too busy with “prior commitments” to show up. It’s time for all of us to speak up with our voices and quit electing these deadbeat legislators.

Eileen Sherbon

Issaquah

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