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Watching the dialog about Planned Parenthood, I want to comment that they do not do mammograms. I don’t care how many times the actress Kathleen Turner passionately describes their services. Repeating the same lie doesn’t make it true, but many are fooled into repeating it.

James O’Keefe did many calls to Planned Parenthood clinics across America. “We don’t do mammograms,” he was told.

Also relevant to the issue is the fact that abortion, which is definitely performed, at least chemically, in our town’s facility, also increases a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer, one study says. See link at 2012/12/21/abortion-breast-cancer-link-real-widely-ignored.

Defunding Planned Parenthood by Susan G. Komen Foundation was a good idea. It’s too bad the pressure from the Aspen affiliate made them recant. How can they contribute to the very disease they proclaim they are trying to eradicate? Go figure.

I went there once about 30 years ago for a deal on birth control pills. The attendant asked me how many times I’d been pregnant. I said two, and she said sympathetically, “Were they TABS?” I said, “What is that?” She said, “You know, therapeutic abortions.” I said, “No, they are my sons,” and I got up and left, kind of ticked that I should agree that it would be fine either way if they lived or not.

I thank the Garfield County commissioners for voting to de-fund Planned Parenthood. The amount of money was so small this is much ado about nothing but symbolism, and we taxpayers of this county do not want the blood of dear, innocent, preborn lives on our hands.

Joan Kavanaugh

Glenwood Springs

This letter is to recommend that every citizen with internet access view the Bill Moyers Journal of Jan. 4. The subject is climate change, and the guest Mr. Moyers interviews is Anthony Leiserowitz, a scientist and student of human behavior. This is the clearest, most comprehensive review of the many facets of climate change I have seen, many of which I was unaware or didn’t take seriously. Really.

This program is must viewing for those who care – and those who don’t presently – about the welfare of planet Earth and all that live upon it.

Pat Girardot

Glenwood Springs

Look at root causes of gun violence

In his column of Jan. 3, Hal Sundin states that there are 12,000 gun deaths in this country every year. If you divide that by 50, we have 240 gun deaths a year in every state.

Last year, the city of Chicago had 500, twice the national average. Of that 500, 90 percent were gang shootings over drug turf. It’s the same story in every major metropolitan area of this country.

The question I have for Mr. Sundin is, what is the root cause of the problem, the guns or the drugs?

What is ironic about Chicago is that when the 7th Circuit Court overturned the Illinois concealed weapons law, the politicians in Chicago were worried about how they were going to protect their citizens. It doesn’t seem that they are doing a very good job now.

Joseph Ceremuga

New Castle

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