Letters to the editor, Feb. 15

Misogynist rhetoric

Rich Lowry’s inflammatory Feb. 8 column contained misogynist statements by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

While addressing the Republican National Committee, this presidential wannabe loser taunted women, saying they could not control their sexual drives or their reproductive system. He cast the government as a pimp — “Uncle Sugar” — for mandating contraception be included in insurance plans.

The innuendo is that females who use birth control are prostitutes. Obviously, many women were offended by this rhetoric.

Lowry did his best to spin this hateful display of bigotry as their right to “be free” to oppose birth control coverage. These beliefs have been voted on and turned into laws that are detrimental to a woman’s right to decide if and when to become pregnant or to continue a pregnancy. Many men and women do not want to have children and these rights should be upheld.

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin’s statement during the 2012 election about how a pregnancy by rape is God’s will was not an innocent “gaffe” but is an accurate portrayal of the Republican dogma. The public will continue to reject these views at the ballot box.

Kristen Lawver


Market’s at fault

Marty Moore’s three columns on growing inequality could not be more right on. The free market, the conservative’s darling, is the problem. It encourages a dog-eat-dog competition between companies and countries.

The only way to win is to reduce prices through reducing costs. They can’t reduce administration or the organization would fall apart. Marketing costs can’t be reduced because the company would lose markets. So the major cuts have to come from labor through automation, outsourcing, union busting and moving to right-to-work-for-less states.

In these times, the management practices are reducing the size of their work forces that are the consumer class of the consumer economy, 70 percent of GDP. Consequently, the real economy will continue to fail as consumers become survivors.

One of the objectives in the Preamble of the Constitution is “promote the general welfare.” That objective is being defeated.

John B. Mooney