Nowadays we take a woman's right to make her own decisions for granted. This right was not always accepted.
Women gained the right to vote and the right to an education in the U.S. in the 20th century. Among the most important rights that women achieved in the past century was the right to control our own bodies, including the use of effective family planning tools, and the right to terminate a pregnancy, when it was determined by the woman and her doctor - not by the government - that it would be best.
January 22 (1973) is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, in which the U.S. Supreme court determined that a woman's right to privacy, and thus her right to make medical decisions regarding her own body, is guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S Constitution.
Patricia W. Scott
A ray of hope can be seen
That ray of hope, was rather easy to miss, in our bankrupt America, where every man woman and child owes about $60,000 for which they have nothing, but, an asset-less, foreign and national debt, And for which they have little if any job prospects of the kind that would allow them to pay it off.
Then they live in an economy that the administration lauds as great, but only reflects the stock market speculation of the rich. And where because of our willingness to kill for oil control, we are seeing mounting world-hate.
We even see our peers touting their devoutness, as a moral basis for hate of their devout opposites. And we see a war started in their visions of glory, that is growing to become endless morass. One in which our administration because of their false claim to righteousness cannot talk to those they deem evil. Of course to admit error, is to both aid and abet the enemy and even to, "cut-and-run."
Though we have not yet seen legislation enacted, that would start us on our long road back, we have seen some, though hotly contested, discussions and voting, showing a ray of hope for at least slowing the race to collapse, that I have written of.
Dennis G. Gordon
Deliver us from those squirrels
Please, please find a better comic strip other than those squirrels. How about the daily version of "Sally Forth"? Or maybe some controversy with "Doonesberry"? There has to be some good ones out there available. Look at the internet. Check it out.
Donation results in a success story
Our collective thanks to the Frank and Faye Barrett family and the leaders of Lord of Life Church for their generous gift of Mississippi Riverfront, and hearty congratulations to the city of Baxter, the Minnesota DNR, the Trust for Public Land, Nature Conservancy, Camp Ripley, area legislators and so many other local river enthusiasts on the shining example of collaboration that has made possible the new Mississippi River Overlook Park in Baxter. Engaging in the work of preserving the natural experience of the Mississippi River is an unsung treasure in today's swiftly developing world.
The Jan. 5 article by Matt Erickson, "Not Overlooked," unfurls a success story as mighty as the river herself. We applaud your efforts great and small in this endeavor. Your gift will be cherished by all who wish to experience the Mississippi River today and for generations to come.
Rep. Sheldon Johnson, DFL-St. Paul
Chairman Minnesota Mississippi River Parkway Commission
Writer skeptical of insurance plan
So the state's largest insurers are now going to require doctors to get permission from an employee of the insurance company before a patient can get a CT scan or MRI? What do you think will be the deciding factor in their decision, the welfare of the patient or the cost to the insurer? If the average cost of a scan is $700 and Medica estimates that it will save at least $12 million this year, that's 17,143 people they are already planning on denying. And 10,000 can be expected to be turned down from HealthPartners.
Aren't insurance companies making enough profit from the exorbitant rates they charge? Maybe they are in a contest to see which company can pay their CEO the most.
And just to prove the more things change, the more they stay the same, I read in the USA Today that the state senators boosted their maximum daily expense checks by 45 percent, bringing to $96 the allowance members can use for meals and incidental costs. It's comforting to know they aren't going to go hungry but how many meals do they need a day? It also said they raised their monthly housing allowance by 33 percent. I want a job where I can decide my own raises.
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