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October 9, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Oct. 9


Doctor writes that Young isn’t supporting women



When a woman is oppressed, and there are several countries that come to mind, there is no democracy. Oppression of women in these countries is often focused on controlling their bodies.

Organizations working in health care and public health workers all know that controlling the number and frequency of pregnancies is a key in bettering the health of both women and their infant children.

I was dismayed at the vote of U.S. Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., to deprive women of control over their bodies (health) by allowing unrelated male employers to deny them coverage for contraceptives. At the same time, he would gladly support giving his male cohorts access and coverage to drugs for erectile dysfunction.

I wonder which state he thinks he represents? Does he not know that Indiana ranks No. three in the nation in infant mortality? Does he not know that in one third of the counties in Indiana a woman has absolutely no access to obstetrical services? Does he not know that Indiana has one of the lowest amounts of public health funding in the U.S.? Now he wants to add still another burden to Indiana residents.

I can see only three reasons a congressman would vote in a way that is so blatantly harmful to one half of their constituency: 1. His district is secure because of recent gerrymandering so his only challenge is a primary opponent from the extreme right; 2. He actually believes that woman should not have control over their bodies; or 3. he is a charlatan who only seeks the power of office, not the good of his constituents or country.

Note that none of these reasons have anything to do with sound governance, compromise or the future of the country.

 Here we go, this is what the shutdown is really about.

— Dr. Edward J. Ryan, Floyds Knobs

Reader responds to hoops jeer



I usually don’t respond to a lot of nonsense, but his time I’m going to make an exception. This incident is not about me. It’s about a young man who as wrongly put into the “Jeers”  of your Cheers and Jeers section of your paper.

I realize small-minded people have a very small mindset. So to all you tiny people who went on Clark County Chatter and posted negative comments, and also for those who tried to escalate the matter ever further, I’m going to condense the facts for you.

An opposing player in a girls’ elementary basketball game referenced in the Sept. 14-15 Cheers and Jeers was dribbling down court with her elbow extended striking our player in the chest. After the third or fourth time, the assistant said, “That’s a foul.” The referee told him to sit down. The assistant replied, “You’ve got to call that.”

The referee called a technical and said, “If you don’t sit down I’m gonna throw you out.” The assistant replied, “Just call it fair.” He was them asked to leave.

He left the gym and that was the end of it. So to all you tiny-minded people who feed on drama and half-truth’s, grow up. But, I guess it really is a small world after all.

— Kerry Murrell, Jeffersonville

Reader: Principal, staff deserved mention

The Tribune article of Sept. 28 “Fairmont earns Blue Ribbon designation” doesn’t even cite the name of the principal, Susie Gahan, or any names of her staff who make Fairmont an award-winning school.

The article would have been much better if the writer had gone to the school and interviewed Ms. Gahan and her staff instead of interviewing administrators who are not involved in the day to day interactions and accomplishments of the students.  

— Vicki Meredith, Lanesville

Man disappointed in Utica’s changes



I returned to the little town of Utica recently. I found many things have changed.

The community building that was used for the town has been turned into a private club. Will the park be taken away next?

The historic school building will be changed to an apartment for unwed mothers, I am told. This should be preserved. The board seems to no longer for the community, but for a select few.

What is next. Will they turn the cemetery into condos on the hill overlooking the river and remove the dead?

A community building is no longer for the community. The school was given away by the board. You should be ashamed of yourselves. What is next ... change the name of the town to Wealthyville? It seems that way.

Utica is no longer the friendly little town, but for the wealthy few. Take your town back before it is too late.

— George L. Dorman, Clarksville