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December 4, 2008 at 3:03 PM

Bush, the final days

Almost human

NPR [National Public Radio] did an excellent job putting its audience into a political coma with its Thanksgiving Day broadcast of President George W. Bush being interviewed by his sister, Doro Bush, via the Story Corps project [“Bush will miss the chefs and the jet,” Politics, Nov. 28].

For a moment, I could almost forget this man is responsible for the suffering of millions of unfortunate souls who got in the way of his agenda.

What Fox News couldn’t achieve by way of a favorable public opinion for Bush, NPR may yet succeed.

— Patrick Burns, Seattle

Let’s all enjoy equal opportunities

The soon-no-longer-to-be president apparently feels that it is necessary to “throw a bone” to the health-care workers who find moral objections to participating in procedures that deal with abortions and other aspects of reproduction.

Three EEOC [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission] officials, including the legal counsel appointed by President George W. Bush, said the proposal would overturn 40 years of civil-rights law prohibiting job discrimination based on religion.

For more than 30 years, doctors and nurses have been able to refuse to perform abortions. This “conscience rule” is not only unnecessary but unconscionable and punitive. The choice to opt out of performing surgery for personal reasons already exists. However, this proposed “protection” for medical personnel comes with the grave consequences of denying information and services to patients without even informing them that it is being done.

This rule would tip the scale dangerously toward the side of fundamentalist medical professionals and away from women who, at the very least, deserve accurate, unbiased medical information. While this rule would undoubtedly be overturned, about 89 percent of all hospitals would be affected by this regulation. This new rule, in some cases, would force medical institutions to disobey their state laws to preserve federal funding.

It is upsetting that in his last months as president, Bush is solidifying his legacy as an agent of the far-right wing with no regard to the detriment of women’s health.

— Emily Willoughby, Tukwila

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