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July 2, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Contraception: Hobby Lobby got it right

The notion that Hobby Lobby is attacking women’s rights by choosing to “opt out of covering…legitimate health needs” is absurd [“Yes, (some) corporations can pray — and you’ll all pay,” Opinion, June 30]. Hobby Lobby has stated clearly that it opposes only those forms of contraception that it sees as abortive, like the morning-after pill.  It…


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April 11, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Christians aren’t only concerned about abortion and homosexuality

Leonard Pitts writes as if there is only one major brand of Christianity in this country — one that he describes as conservatism [“Christianity the last to get it right,” Opinion, April 6]. Does he not realize that there also is a large segment of progressive Christians in this country who are committed to…


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February 19, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Death penalty: ending a barbaric practice; treat abortion similarly

The Walla Walla State Penitentiary. (The Seattle Times)

Last weekend, The Seattle Times editorial board reconsidered its position on capital punishment, spurred by Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement that week of a moratorium on the death penalty while he’s in office. The Times now holds the death penalty as fundamentally flawed, overly expensive and morally wrong, and it is time for it to end in Washington. The best letters on the topic are below:

Ending a barbaric practice

I would just like to voice my enthusiastic support of The Seattle Times’ editorial against the death penalty [“It’s time for the state to end the death penalty,” Opinion, Feb. 18].

America really needs to look over its shoulder and see whom we are teamed up with on this barbaric practice. Hint: None of Western Europe or any other civilized developed nations are with us on this one. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Pope Francis are not with us. Churches, judges and medical personnel who have seen the death penalty in action are not with us.

We need to step up and find a decent solution to administer justice to the criminals whom we believe to be unsafe in the community. Killing is not a business in which the state should be engaged.

Thank you so much for having the insight and the courage to point this out to your readers. You are earning our respect.

Shelley Gibson, Seattle

Treat abortion similarly

Thank you for demanding the end of the death penalty. Now draw up the courage to do the same with abortion. Abortion, like the death penalty, uses violence to solve a complicated social problem. A baby is a human being and not simply fetal tissue. And unlike many prisoners on death row, the baby in the womb is absolutely innocent.


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July 17, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Abortion bill in Texas

Follow the money Sunday’s newspaper carried a long article on the recently passed Texas abortion-restriction law. [“Abortion law in Texas may force risky choices,” page one, July 14.] The article correctly noted that this will have a tremendous impact on women who are low-income. It noted that the new law, which bans abortions after 20 weeks,…


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May 8, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Morning-after pill causes debate

Adoption should be considered as an alternative My one issue in this whole debate is the “either/or” people when it comes to unplanned pregnancy — either you keep it or you kill it [“Debate over morning-after pill for 15-year-olds,”, May 4]. As one of the many thousands of parents hoping to adopt in the United States,…


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