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Mail October 18, 2017


Reproductive Rights

The Trump administration is taking direct aim at birth control coverage for 62 million women, eliminating the guarantee for birth control coverage under the ACA. This is unacceptable and should be seen as a blatant attack on women's health care.

Nearly nine in 10 women of reproductive age will use contraception at some point in their lives, whether that is for family planning or other medical reasons.

In fact, 58 percent of all women who use the pill rely on it, at least in part, for something other than pregnancy prevention, with examples being menstrual regulation, endometriosis, fibroids and polycystic ovarian syndrome—to just name a few.

Birth control in 2017 should not be a controversial subject, but this administration thinks otherwise. Women deserve better and should not have to worry if their employer has religious or moral reasons to prevent them from receiving quality health care.

This new rule under this administration is about taking away women's fundamental health care, plain and simple. Women are watching, and we are not amused in the slightest.

—Kim R.W.

WWJDAD or What Would Jesus Do About DACA?

I would vote for DACA if in Congress.

We do need border security for terrorists but in no way are DACA kids anything but a benefit to this country. Trump should not race bait and play with people's future, causing harmful stress & family separation.

I do believe in legal immigration but there is no need to punish innocent young people now, to make trump's pointless political points.

I challenge Simpson to pass DACA immediately so families now crying can feel safe in America and able to show up at work tomorrow. One Houston-area EMT who just worked seven days straight faces DACA deportation when Trump announced his plan.

Call it amnesty if you want, it is what Jesus would do. I might even offer Sessions amnesty for lying under oath about meetings with Russians in return for stopping this stupidity.

—Peter Rickards

Swimming in the Deep End of the Force Pool

Regarding oil and gas drilling in Idaho, I wonder if most people realize that having a company drilling on their land can violate the terms of their mortgage. The mortgage company can call the homeowner's note, meaning they have to pay the loan, in full, right now or lose their home. Drilling could cause property owners to become homeless. How can we allow this to happen? We cannot let the drilling companies keep this dirty little secret. If you are "force pooled" what is threatening to take place in Payette County right now, you can't prevent the drilling on or at least under your property. This is a catastrophic catch 22. We need to let our local and state officials know now that we do not want to be put in this situation. Forced pooling needs to be stopped. Someone shouldn't have to lose their home because of industry greed. integrityandaccountability.org/mortgages-handout.pdf

—Maria Le