Traverse City Record-Eagle

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February 2, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 02/02/2013

Filling a void

I appreciate Kira Denison for her Jan. 29 letter and agree with her comments. I would like to add the actual percentage of Planned Parenthood's abortion services are 3 percent. That makes 97 percent of their services about prevention. Since 1936 Planned Parenthood has done more to prevent abortions than any other organization in the United States.

For more than 30 years federal law has prohibited the use of federal tax dollars to fund abortion. Seventeen states allow for the use of their state's tax dollars to fund only what is deemed a medically necessary abortion. Michigan is not one of those 17 states.

Health care services at Planned Parenthood are not limited to women, family planning and sexually transmitted disease. Health care services for men include screening for testicular and prostate cancer, male infertility and urinary tract infections. There are general health screenings available for diabetes, thyroid disease, anemia, cholesterol and high blood pressure. Planned Parenthood has filled a void for the uninsured and medically underserved.

Facts about Planned Parenthood are not difficult to find at their local and national websites.

Sindi Wineman


Keep wolves protected

Wolf hunt in Michigan? For almost 50 years the wolves have been protected in Michigan. There are fewer than 700 wolves in the entire state. The Michigan politicians rushed to open a sport hunting season that virtually wiped out the entire wolf population in the first place.

The committee to Keep Michigan Wolves protected is collecting signatures to put a stay on this decision and let the voters decide in November 2014. Please help in the fight to keep these majestic animals protected.

Go to and see how you can help.

Michele Wolf

Traverse City

Voice your opposition

Michigan voters, pay attention.

As if the lame-duck actions of the Michigan Legislature weren't enough, the GOP is now working on a new law to change the way our electoral votes are counted.

State Rep. Peter Lund, R-Shelby Township, is sponsoring a bill that would tie our electoral votes, assigned to each state based on population, to congressional districts instead of the number of votes.

Jack Lessenberry wrote a detailed column in the Jan. 27, Traverse City Record-Eagle that explains the issues clearly.

Although the electoral college method may seem antiquated and complex, this is not the way to improve it.

I urge you to write Gov. Snyder and your legislators and voice your opposition to this legislation.

Marilyn Cobb


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