A big lie
In your editorial “A triumph for religious freedom” (Views, July 1), you hit it on the head: “Liberals are characterizing the U.S. Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act ruling Monday as a threat to women’s health and workers’ rights. It is nothing of the sort.” Hobby Lobby offers 16 types of contraception to their employees! To both women and men: Is 16 contraceptives a good start?
The war on women is the big lie. The truth is, as you claimed in your headline, that it is only a war on religious freedom. Thank you to the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court for bringing us back to our great country’s roots. May God always bless America.
A slap in the face
Regarding “Noncitizen inches closer to getting his law license” (Florida News, Metro, July 2): No matter how the issue is spun, the fact remains that Jose Godinez-Samperio is illegally in the United States.
It would seem that this illegal man did not care enough about the country he claims to support to become a citizen, the legal and right way, so he decided to circumvent the laws of the land. And now he wants to take it further as an illegal immigrant and obtain a license to practice law.
He chooses to continue to not be proud enough or to work hard enough to become a citizen, and he does not think it is fair that he is not licensed. Boohoo.
I am a disabled veteran and a licensed and board-certified professional. I choose to support our country and continue to have to expend hours, days and much energy in order to even obtain what is needed. Speaking for all of the other veterans who have received subpar care or who have been a victim of malpractice and negligence, how can anyone think that Godinez-Samperio should receive the benefits of citizens when he has chosen to remain an illegal alien?
He should not be granted a license until he does the right thing — become a citizen. This is a slap in the face to all the professionals and to anyone who did the right thing as a citizen or became a citizen of this country. As an aspiring licensee, he should know the difference between legal and illegal. If not, maybe he should return to law school to learn the difference.
So the Democrats are running an ad criticizing Rick Scott for invoking his Fifth Amendment right, allegedly, 75 times. But I guess they’re OK with Lois Lerner doing the same.
Kenneth R. Gilder
The crisis president
The Supreme court ruled 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby. It should have been 9-0!
Before that, the court ruled 9-0 against the administration in the National Labor Relations Board case. They admonished the president that he is not a king who can make his own rules. But that was exactly what he did in the contraceptive mandate. The ACA had no contraceptive mandate. Congress knew if they tried to do that the bill would never pass.
So what does Fauntleroy do now? He doubles down and says if he can’t get his way on immigration, he’ll just do what the courts ruled was unconstitutional — make up his own rules. It’s the never-let-a-crisis-go-to-waste theory of government. But Obama doesn’t wait for a crisis; he creates it.
We were stupid enough to elect him twice. Wake up America! Return to our constitutional values.
Patrick W. Brown
Bring our people home
What is the USA doing in Iraq? The latest slap in the face comes from the majority of the Iraqi Parliament failing to return from its short recess, thereby suspending the business of voting on a new leader for Iraq. We’ve ended up again with Nouri al-Maliki, who still has not provided the U.S. with a Status of Forces Agreement, the absence of which puts all of our troops and citizens in jeopardy while in that country.
John Kerry is again blaming the Bush administration — it appears we’ve been down this road before. It’s high time we closed our embassy there and moved our 550 to 600 citizens back to the USA. The embassy will easily work for a new headquarters for the new Caliphate or Islam nation. Let the four factions in Iraq work out the details of their survival. Until the Shia, Sunnis, Kurds and now ISIS come to a consensus, this planet could be entering another Ice Age.
Roger H. Oddson
Sun City Center
Whether any of your readers are anti- or pro-union, I feel the recent ruling is a blow against collective bargaining. In our nation’s history, at least one of the reasons for our revolution was taxation without representation. Now it seems our illustrious Supreme Court is demanding representation without any financial responsibility by those benefiting. Someone has to pay the way for those trying to negotiate a better standard of living for all of us. I would also remind your readers of the primary reason unions came into being in the first place: mismanagement. Having worked all my adult life with union companies, I have no problem with anyone choosing (if they have a choice) to work non-union. That being said, nobody should expect to cash in on the benefits won through collective bargaining and not contribute through dues to help achieve those benefits.
Terry N. Biggs
Given the Hobby Lobby ruling, I wonder how it is that contraception is a disease rather than a choice. Health care coverage extends itself to afflictions caused by disease. A personal choice related to an individual lifestyle is just that: personal choice.
I fear that if we as women allow the government to pay for the personal choices that we should be paying for as a result of the independence that we have struggled and fought for, then we are potentially placing ourselves onto the slippery slope of having an entity making choices for us. The potential ramifications would be an unintended consequence — an intrusion that I sincerely do not believe that women would want to see happening in their lives.