Letters to the Editor

Government should be a good thing

Mick Sheldon’s letter shows just how out of touch the GOP is with today’s generation (“Time for McKenna and a GOP House, Senate,” page A4, July 28 Herald).

I am 32 years old and I hope that my children will have better access and more options for birth control as they enter their adult years, including more vaccines and ways to prevent and screen for STDs. Our Silverdale Planned Parenthood health center closed because of lack of funding. It is difficult for me to get out to the Bremerton health center and I have money, a car and health insurance.

What about the 19-year-old woman with no car, little money and no health insurance? She needs better access to birth control because if she doesn’t have enough money for birth control, then she doesn’t have enough resources to raise a child. If she has a child, then there is a good chance they will end up on DSHS and food stamps. Hopefully she or the child’s father doesn’t have a substance-abuse issue, because funding is even worse for that.

This is a vicious cycle that can be prevented by funding a basic, human health need — birth control. I don’t know about you, Mick, but I have a lot of family, friends and neighbors that don’t see the doctor or dentist and don’t get the medicines they need because of money. The emergency room isn’t a health care plan.

The Republicans don’t want to pay for a public health care plan, but they don’t want to make people pay for their own health insurance either? Make up your mind! Government is supposed to be a good thing, not the enemy. If the GOP would stop starting wars in other parts of the world and help fund our health care, public schools and a green economy boom, maybe we could get somewhere.

Lydia Sigo


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