Contraception lowers insurance premiums
By now, I need not repeat the recent vile spewings of talk-show host Rush Limbaugh. Suffice it to say that Limbaugh is opposed to insurance coverage of contraceptives for women. However, he either doesn’t even understand the issue or, more likely, chooses to ignore the issue.
What insurance companies know and the rest of us can easily figure out is that providing contraceptive coverage is far less expensive for insurance companies than providing coverage for the delivery of the unwanted babies that occur without the coverage. Covering contraception also makes lower premiums possible for the rest of us. In other words, contraceptive coverage for women is based on economics, not on any war on religion.
Covering contraception also makes a lot more sense than covering Viagra, which some plans do cover.
We know that Limbaugh has used Viagra from the news article some time ago in which he was stopped at the border with Viagra after a trip to the Dominican Republic, a destination renowned for the good times that Limbaugh indicated on his program he couldn’t tell us about. What I would like to know is whether Limbaugh’s insurance plan covers his Viagra, in which case someone else is paying Limbaugh to have sex.
CAROL M. WEBB
America needs a discussion on personal responsibility.
When I was a teacher, I was required to take courses to keep up to date. I paid for those courses. When I sold Mary Kay cosmetics (as a second job), I had to purchase a supply of products before I could begin. I paid for that. When I was a college student, I would have been shamed by asking for free (or any kind of) birth control.
But that was a different era. Today the government promises to pay for things we should be providing for ourselves, and it is going bankrupt.
The article “Spotlight on vitamin D” (March 6 Healthy Living) suggested that increasing vitamin D levels could increase worker productivity. I suppose the government now will require that all employers disperse vitamin D capsules.
By the way, I am growing older and would like a face-lift. Will the government pay for that? You might say that is foolish. So is the fact that people want the government to pay for birth control.
A letter writer said that Rush Limbaugh “crossed the line of decency.” I ask: Who else is crossing the line of decency?
JUANITA M. DAVIS
Speculators are commonly blamed for spikes in gasoline prices (“Not about drilling,” March 10 Letters to the Editor).
Speculators simply deal in contracts in which the buyer bets that the price of a commodity, such as oil, will be selling above a certain price on a designated future date, while the seller bets that the price will be lower. One of the participants in the bet will make money, while the other will lose an equal amount. However, after commissions are factored in, the composite cash flow is a net loss.
Speculators’ bets have no more effect on the future price of a commodity than a bet by two friends on a football game has on which team wins the game.
If speculating is such a gravy train to riches, we should all climb aboard. After all, the commodity futures market is open to everyone.
More than music
Regarding “Negro spirituals still resonate” (March 10 Faith & Values): In Wichita, Negro spirituals continue to be performed and explained, and not just by the elderly.
A spirituals ensemble called ARISE (African-Americans Renewing Interest in Spirituals Ensemble) has been highlighting the message and music of Negro spirituals for the past 23 years in Wichita and throughout Kansas.
Partnering with the Kansas African American Museum, schools and churches, ARISE is the local pipeline linking America’s past to the present and beyond.
Spirituals are more than music, as they paint pictures of the power and resilience of the human spirit throughout American history.
For more information on ARISE or how to access spirituals and include them in church services and community programs, go to arisensemble.com or call 316-685-0452.
SHARON HILL CRANFORD
I attended the grand opening of the Cabela’s store on Wednesday. It was a pleasant experience. I took about 80 photos of the marvelous taxidermy work featured as decorations. It is a true artistic experience, and should receive an award.
The last place I saw so many well-done displays was at the former Colorado Museum of Natural History in Denver.
BERNY F. ALBRIGHT