Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

January 11, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 01/11/2013

Smashed packages

Another Christmas and another year of smashed packages from the post office.

Is it a wonder why the post office is losing money to FedEx or UPS? My small package is bent and smashed and looks like it was on the bottom of all the other packages in the truck.

The book I ordered on Dec. 17 was in the Allen Park post office on the 24th (four hour drive to Interlochen) then went to Cincinnati and maybe will be in Interlochen Dec. 29.

I've never had anything broken when it was shipped through FedEx or UPS. Maybe they can teach the U.S. Post Office employees how to load a truck and deliver mail in a timely manner, or go out of business.

Carol Winkler

Interlochen

Who wants ignorance

County commissioners refused to fund basic health care for low-income women because the commissioners oppose abortions, Record-Eagle, Dec. 29. Yet the organization in question, regional Planned Parenthood, does not do abortions, as the article indicated.

Wow! So much for expecting our county representatives to make decisions based on accurate information and not personal bias.

The county commissioners' decision promotes poor health for our area's women in need. The decision increases costs for all of us as we take up the slack in emergency rooms and provide safety nets for families that did not want to increase in size.

The commissioners (or those cited) are wrong on more than one count. They are wrong about the origins of Planned Parenthood, which was started to provide information and contraception for women and their families to be able to decide if and when to bear children. Margaret Sanger fought to make contraceptive use legal in the U.S. Young women and their male partners might take notice. Contraception may soon become illegal again or simply inaccessible to those without funds.

Do I want such ignorance in my county government? Of course not. Who does?

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