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…More
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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…More
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.
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,…More
Rules for female and male prescriptions should be the same Females as young as 16 can get the Plan B pill to terminate potential pregnancies without prescriptions. Depending on the outcome of another court case, they may be able to acquire it at an even younger age [“Judge in NYC rips opposition to Plan B order,”…More
Adoption is also an option I really appreciated the letter by Anna Hiatt [“Consider adoption as an alternative,” Northwest Voices, May 7]. One of the biggest blessings of our lives was to adopt a child many years ago, when my husband and I decided we did not want our biological son to grow up as an…More
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,” seattletimes.com, May 4]. As one of the many thousands of parents hoping to adopt in the United States,…More