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On public forums, guns and women's rights

So many issues on my mind. I must get them down on paper.

I take issue with the letter from David Higginbotham that Cordasco and Pogge are right to skip debating their opponents thru the League of Women voters.

His adjective-laden diatribe only proves that neither of the women are capable of speaking to a group of voters. Pogge takes comfort in the security of her gerrymandered district, and I can only surmise that Cordasco is just plain afraid to speak about her beliefs. They do themselves no good by refusing to debate, and I hope voters realize that.

I have been speaking out on sensible gun control for years, so will only say, after the carnage in Las Vegas, that if Congress does not pass a ban on assault weapons, there is no hope for our country unless we can change the leadership to Democrats as soon as possible.

Now, the president has decreed that companies can refuse to include birth control for women if they are “religiously” against it. Most male conservative Republican congressmen also want to ban abortion. Do you see the irony in this? They refuse us birth control access through insurance and also prohibit abortion. Are we to be under the rule of the Roman Catholic church and so-called “evangelical” Christians now? Why do we continually have to fight to have control of our bodies?

I will close with a quote from Barack Obama: “No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your ‘religious’ freedom. If you don’t like birth control, don’t use it. Religious freedom doesn’t mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.”

Ann L. Hunt

James City County

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