Column was far-fetched

Froma Harrop's Jan. 29 column, "Let's stop arguing about birth control," is an example of a biased journalist propagating an argument against an imaginary foe. Her plea was far-fetched and unsubstantiated.

Harrop misses the point entirely. The current lawsuits are challenging the HHS mandate of Obamacare on the grounds of religious freedom. Nobody is trying to take away any woman's contraceptives. Any person can obtain contraceptives easily and often they're free.

The real crisis is that our government singled out a religious institution (and its affiliates) and is forcing them to pay for abortifacients and other related medications against the teachings of their faith. Consider this: What if the government required a vegan food company to subsidize the beef industry by requiring them to provide beef for all of their employees? Wouldn't this violate their consciences?

This might seem unrelated, but it isn't. The arguments against the government's mandate are not about a fake war on women; they are about religious freedom and our government's attempt to coerce members of particular religious institutions to violate their beliefs.

Don't be swayed by uninformed journalists! Issues that you don't think apply to you today might be your issues tomorrow. — Lisa Bock, Medford

Thanks for editorial

Having just read the editorial in the Jan. 31 paper, I just had to write and thank you for bringing attention to the terrible state of mental health services in the Rogue Valley.

My youngest sister was a revolving-door patient at RVMC's 2 North. My mother begged for help from its staff and the staff at Jackson County Mental Health in the '80s and '90s to provide some type of supervised care for her.

In 1998, my sister murdered my mother in her sleep. Now she has the care she needs. She finally got residential care at the Oregon State Hospital. She finally got the meds and therapy she needed. She finally got the lifetime supervision she needed. She is doing so well, she is living in a supervised apartment in another town, attending a specially tailored day program.

Why did my mother have to die before my sister could get the treatment she needed? It is so discouraging to see that nothing has changed for the mentally ill in our community 14 years later. The fact is, some people need to be institutionalized to get better. It shouldn't take the death of an innocent to get help. — Linda Boyd, Medford

Support Medford Senior Center

Thanks goes to the primarily self-funded Medford Senior Center for providing the only place in town for seniors to engage in activities, take a class, have lunch, listen to music, meet new friends, gather valuable information on local senior resources and agencies, and all under one roof. Our community needs to support the only senior-oriented facility we have. Come visit; you just might meet your new best friend. — Linda Zigich, Medford

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