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Taking Control

To the Editor:

Contraception has provided women with the ability to plan both the timing and size of their families, revolutionizing many lives, including my own. This perspective was absent from your article “Walking the Line” [Newsfront, Sept. 14] about legal efforts by Catholic Charities to stop women from obtaining insurance coverage for contraception through the Women’s Health and Wellness Act.

Contraception has allowed me to complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, embark on what I hope will be a long and successful career and, most importantly, offered me the opportunity to become a mother when I am ready. These are opportunities women before me did not always have, and every day I am extremely grateful that I can live the life I have always dreamed, and be the mother I know someday I want to be.

There was a line in the opening paragraph of your article that really struck me, and that was the feeling of the organizations fighting the law that providing prescription contraceptive coverage to their employees is financial support that “forces them to commit sin.” What I find sinful is the blatant and coercive discrimination the exception they are seeking would create. To deny women the opportunity to obtain an education, participate in the workforce, and to determine when and how often they become a mother is unconscionable.

Georgana Hanson

Saratoga Springs

To the Editor:

Nicole Klaas leaves out an important voice in her article: women who need contraception. Without contraception, my sister would not have been able to take drugs for treatment of Crohn’s Disease, a horrible autoimmune disorder. The drugs to treat her illness can cause severe birth defects or miscarriage. Pregnancy could also have caused a recurrence of her disease symptoms. Birth control was part of the basic treatment for her condition. If she could not afford the cost of birth control, she would not have had that treatment option. Fortunately, birth control was covered by her insurance plan and she is healthy today—and so is her 3-year-old son!

Alisa Costa


Here’s Hoping!

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to your recent article concerning the upcoming election in the 21st Congressional District. [“Civil Politics?,” Newsfront, Aug. 31]

Congressman Michael McNulty earned Citizen Action of New York’s endorsement for reelection in this fall’s important election because of his clear voting record in Congress of fighting for working families and fighting for economic justice.

Congressman McNulty has been a vocal opponent of the disastrous Bush administration’s economic policies. He has opposed the privatization of Social Security and voted against huge tax cuts for millionaires. Congressman McNulty also opposed the Bush Medicare Part D prescription drug plan that was designed to benefit the big drug and insurance multinational companies more than our senior citizens.

As a cosponsor of a federal Clean Money, Clean Elections bill in the House of Representatives, McNulty has shown his support for reforming our corrupt campaign-finance system by the implementation a system in which candidates who do not collect private money would be allocated public funds.

Finally, McNulty was an early Congressional leader—nearly one year ago—in the call to bring our troops home from Iraq without further delay.

Anita Thayer

Co-chair, Capital District Citizen Action


How We Roll

To the Editor:

I just read “Which City Do You See?” [Looking Up, Aug. 24] on Metroland online. I think the author, Miriam Axel-Lute, is missing a huge point about keeping the character of a city.

I recently moved here from New Hampshire to purchase a downtown Albany business. I also live in the city. You New Yorkers need to understand how your runaway tax-and-spend mentality is damaging this state. My mom-and-pop shop is so crushed with taxes, fees, and insurance costs that I now think moving here was a mistake.

If you don’t like the big corporations stripping the charm of a city, you need to consider that giant corporations are the only ones with enough financial strength to deal with the punishing cost of doing business in New York. Ridiculous taxes are always cited as a reason people continue to leave this once-great state.

Everyone likes to hate corporations, but your voting behavior and fiscal irresponsibility are fostering that which you say you despise. This expensive nanny-state of yours is going to leave only two groups: government bureaucrats, and mega-corps that afford to stay. Regular people want to live someplace else. Can you blame them?

Rich Krissel



In “The Unofficial Story” [Aug. 31], Korey Rowe was mistakenly identified as a member of a Special Forces unit. Mr. Rowe was a U.S. Army Specialist.

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