Letters to the Editor

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March 12, 2012


To the editor:

I am beginning to feel sorry for the pasty-faced white Republican men who believe they have the right to restrict access to women’s contraceptives. The women are getting angry, thinking 21st century men are laughing, and the polls for these evangelical know-it-all right-wingers are sinking fast. But I think I have a solution. If we want to stop all contraceptives for women and still avoid an avalanche of children, we should provide saltpeter for these primitive, ultra conservative men. For those not old enough to know what saltpeter is, it is a pill that prohibits an erection. No one gets hurt, and the evangelicals save face.

Do you think it’s possible that our Republican candidates and Rush will go along with my solution?


verity 3 years, 1 month ago

I'm pretty old, but that's a new one for me. I like it.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 1 month ago

Urban myth alert!

"Potassium nitrate (saltpeter) was once thought to induce impotence, and is still falsely rumored to be in institutional food (such as military fare) as an anaphrodisiac; however, there is no scientific evidence for such properties."[24][25]

[24] "The Straight Dope: Does saltpeter suppress male ardor?". 1989-06-16. Retrieved 2007-10-19.

[25] Jones, Richard E.; Kristin H. López (2006). Human Reproductive Biology, Third Edition. Elsevier/Academic Press. p. 225. ISBN 0120884658.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 1 month ago

But, we could sure use some mosca española!

Fred Mertz 3 years, 1 month ago

So much ado about a made up issue. Fact is no one is trying to ban the pill or other contraceptive means.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 1 month ago

They're just trying to restrict access to it as much as possible.

Fred Mertz 3 years, 1 month ago

Point me to where the republicans are trying to restrict access to contraception devices?

RoeDapple 3 years, 1 month ago

"Do you think it’s possible that our Republican candidates and Rush will go along with my solution?"

You have no solution.

verity 3 years, 1 month ago

Damn, I'm disappointed. So it's back to the cold showers?

If they can invent Viagra, surely they can come up with the opposite. We could slip it into their drinks. Oh, I forgot, too many drinks will have that effect also.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 1 month ago

Oh, you meant it the other way. Typical male response, huh?

verity 3 years, 1 month ago

I had to look up mosca español, but all the explanations are in Spanish---and they didn't teach me those words at Bible college.

I did see the words Spanish Fly, so I think I get the idea.

jaywalker 3 years, 1 month ago

Check me if I'm wrong, but isn't this repetitious "restricting access to contraception" a complete crock? There's NO restriction of access whatsoever. Nobody is being denied the right to purchase contraception, the legislation is to allow religious employers to keep contraception elective. Anyone would still be able to get it. Not that I agree w/ the legislation, I'm just tired of the BS phraseology.

Jean Robart 3 years, 1 month ago

ah, but Santorum says contraception is evil and should be banished. We do not need to organize this country on the Catholic Church model--or any other church model. We need to keep it organized so that freedom of choice is not circumvented by ANY GROUP.

jaywalker 3 years, 1 month ago

No offense, momma, but you don't really believe or worry that such is going to happen, do you?

Mixolydian 3 years, 1 month ago

So true. The Obama administration ultimately agreed to an exemption so it's not an issue for either side, except the dems who see it as a ploy to pander for votes of women and republicans for the religious folks.

That's the state of our political discourse....both sides acting like a Junior High debate team nervously shuffling their notecards waiting for a gotcha moment to break.

Ragingbear 3 years, 1 month ago

They don't need saltpeter anymore. they use cell phone towers to control your virility and fertility. ~~ Conspiracy Theory Monthly, March 1, 2009.

Armstrong 3 years, 1 month ago

Last I heard contraceptives are widely available for the paying public. The unemployed liberals living in Mom and Dads basement still can't grasp that huh. Here it is in plain english. Free contraceptifves are not a right. Free contraceptives are not an entitlement. If you want contraceptives pay for them like everyone else. Got it

verity 3 years, 1 month ago

Santorum advocates letting the individual states decide if they want to ban birth control. Does anybody really think that won't be the next thing the extreme righteous right tries to do? It will be the same thing as with abortion---keep restricting it until it's impossible to obtain if they can't get it banned outright.

Us little ladies can't be allowed to have sex without getting babies---must be punished.

The word cougar may take on new meaning as those past childbearing possibilities may be the only ones available.

jaywalker 3 years, 1 month ago

I guess math was right. Interesting. A while back I asked Mr. Parker why a fairly benign post of mine was removed yet all the 'racist' name calling is allowed. He swore he'd love to eliminate that and alert him when such came up. I did just that yesterday, yet that post still stands.

Pretty hypocritical, Alex.

deec 3 years, 1 month ago

It is possible the person in charge of allowing letters is not the same person as the board moderator. They may have different criteria for allowing letters versus comments. I don't know,' I'm just saying.

jaywalker 3 years, 1 month ago

I'm bettin' you're right on that, deec. But I was referring strictly to the posts.

Mike Ford 3 years, 1 month ago

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 1 month ago

Note to disappointed progressives, the current regime must appreciate your efforts to divert attention from the economy.

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