Huckabee's insulting birth control rhetoric

I am insulted by Mike Huckabee's recent quote regarding birth control coverage.

Huckabee denounces women for expecting the government to provide them each month with birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system.

What if the message had claimed American men should not expect their insurer to provide prescriptions for erectile dysfunction just because they are unable to control their reproductive system without the help of the government? If denial of coverage for ED were threatened to be put into law, I'll bet these male politicians and media personalities would change their tune pretty fast.

Birth control is as important to women's health as Viagra is to men's.

Our right to coverage is under attack by individuals, states and private enterprise, as in the Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court, which is why I boycott Hobby Lobby.

My message to Huckabee: Your words will soon follow women into the voting booth.

Pat Teschner

Bay Point

County homeowners being taxed to death

There's a proposal to raise the property tax on my home 14 cents per square foot to try and save Doctors Medical Center, which mostly provides health care for the uninsured and underinsured. For my 1,386-square-foot home, that would be a $194 tax increase.

I'm retired and will pay $1,452 this year for my health insurance. Why must I pay for the health care of the uninsured and underinsured? It's the job of the federal and state governments, not taxpayers, to shoulder the burden.

In 2013, we gave $37 billion in foreign aid to help other countries provide "human assistance." DMC could surely use some "human assistance."

I suggest our elected representatives go to Washington and procure the money needed to fund DMC. Quit taxing West County homeowners to death.

I got so sick of being taxed beyond endurance that I took an early retirement in 1995 at the age of 49. Since then, I have not earned $1 of taxable income, except for my small annuity, which isn't that much. Best thing I ever did!

John R. Crowell

Hercules

Abuse cases handled abysmally in country

Some problems just don't go away, no matter how "civilized" a society appears. Too many examples of an unequal playing field.

Lip-service from the UC system regarding balanced follow-up or discipline for sexual misconduct. The victim treated with suspicion as much as the alleged perpetrators -- but with fewer rights than if law enforcement were involved.

Hundreds of rape kits sitting on lab shelves unprocessed, victims left in the dark, but renewed focus coming under the leadership of Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner.

Our military continually unable or unwilling to protect servicemen or women from abuse.

School districts dropping the ball on moral and license-mandated action on abuse to protect kids, whose real damage costs taxpayers millions and scars too many generations of future citizens.

This country hasn't matured enough to deal effectively with physical, sexual, or financial abuse and violence toward children, women, men, or those with alternative lifestyles.

Is it because investigating, prosecuting and punishing abuses isn't as engaging as macho drug-trade dramas; the lurid, pathetically dysfunctional lives of celebrities; the sensationalizing mass murder?

Jan Howe

San Ramon

Easy multiple-choice question in wartime

If all the members of our armed forces were sons and daughters of senators or representatives in Congress, how long would it be before all our forces in Afghanistan were reassigned to the United States:

(a) Five Minutes?

(b) 10 minutes?

(c) 15 Minutes?

Frederick Shaw

El Cerrito

It's a good time to clean reservoirs

During this time of drought, with the reservoirs running low, we have seen photos showing the near empty water levels, as well as debris that has been deposited in them.

At this time, I hope the appropriate caretakers of those reservoirs are making an effort to clean the debris left behind by inconsiderate people.

Charles Tennenbaum

Fairfield