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Letters to the editor on rape, fluoride, false claims, Ryan

  • Published Monday, August 27, 2012, at 12 a.m.

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Akin’s comments should scare us

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., stated: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down.” He stated later that he had one word out of place and did not mean to say “legitimate.”

If you take “legitimate” out, his statement would then read: “If it’s a rape, the female body has ways to try and shut the whole thing down.” Is this what he really meant to say? What medical person believes this?

By saying this, Akin implied that if the woman becomes pregnant after a rape, it must not have been rape. Or the woman must have wanted or liked the act.

Did he mean to say “forcible” instead of “legitimate”? Akin and vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., sponsored a bill that tried to limit federal funding for abortion to only “forcible rape,” taking statutory rape off the table. Are we as a nation OK with the redefining of such a horrific act?

I still am confused about what Akin truly meant. Regardless, all scenarios scare me and should scare all American people, not just women. Akin’s comments should cause us to ask: How much do we want the U.S. government getting involved with abortion laws and redefining rape?

LISA CUSHING

Wichita

No to fluoride

A review of some two dozen studies by Harvard University researchers, which was published July 20, concluded that children who live in areas with high levels of fluoride in the water have “significantly lower” IQ scores than those who live in low fluoride areas.

When referring to her support of fluoridation, Wichita City Council member Janet Miller said it was “a no-brainer.” However, since tooth health can be achieved in other ways, one must ask: Is tooth health really more important than brain health, and why do so many ignore the growing amount of research exposing the toxicity of fluoride?

A number of municipal governments have already stopped the controversial practice, and it makes no sense for Wichita to subject our children to this ongoing fluoridation experiment to satisfy the political agenda of special-interests groups. It is time to put politics aside and stop before we start artificially adding fluoride to our drinking water, which is different than the natural fluoride already in the water.

I beg our citizens to get themselves informed. If they do, I have no doubt that they will realize that fluoridating our water is not in their best interests and will vote “no” to fluoridation. Our future health depends on it.

SHIRLEY D. YONCE

Wichita

Both are bad

“Obama’s strategy” (Aug. 23 Letters to the Editor) complained about a pro-Obama group that demonized Mitt Romney, saying the ads “indicate the kind of campaign we can expect from President Obama.” OK, let’s be fair. We are also being inundated with outrageous ads and comments about Obama. From the time he was inaugurated, there have been outlandish claims about him: He is not a U.S. citizen and was probably born in Kenya; he is a Muslim; he is creating death panels; he plans to kill your grandma; he is probably a communist; he is going to raise taxes on electricity.

The talk about his fake birth certificate has subsided, but Republican political ads about him still are most often misleading or fabrications. Check reliable sources, such as factcheck.org, which show how both Democrats and Republicans stretch the truth until it is unrecognizable.

Truth be told, the ads from both political parties usually insult the intelligence of potential voters.

PHYLLIS STANLEY

Augusta

Ryan not boring

The headline on a recent Kathleen Parker commentary was “It’s OK that Romney picked boring white guy” (Aug. 14 Opinion). The word “boring” was totally ridiculous and false. “Energetic” and “charismatic” accurately describe Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

GORDON MICHEL

Wichita

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