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June 28, 2012
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Lovely models

Nice photography and lovely models (Cityview Swimsuit Edition, June 21). Alas, newsprint doesn’t do them justice. You might want to consider going back to a separate glossy publication, as you have done in the past.

James Jones

Des Moines

Oh, come on! A war on women?

What exactly would a war on women look like? Not three-inch heels to make their legs look sexy! Not dresses that are skin-tight and high-thigh! Not bare front shirts. Not new styles every year to force them to buy new in order to be in style, while males wear the same suit, shirt, tie and comfy shoes year after year. No, that can’t be it. Maybe, it’s because the Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Republican governors have been busy introducing legislation after legislation to restrict the women’s right to choose or to use contraception. Not the call for invasive techniques and ultra sound prior to any abortion. Not defunding Planned Parenthood. I can’t remember any legislation restricting the use of condoms or not paying health care costs for erectile dysfunction!

Thirty-one male Senators just voted “no” to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The top Republicans in the House are refusing to even vote on the full bill. The Republican senators, including Charles Grassley, just voted against equal pay for equal work for women knowing that women are only paid 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. Neither party has bothered to introduce the Equal Rights Amendment in the past 30 years.

Then there’s the rule to drug test recipients of food stamps or the attempts to reduce money for food stamps, knowing that mostly women need them. And 246 House members voted to pass the latest bill to prohibit gender-based abortion even though there is no problem in this area. Yes, and the repeal of Equal Pay act by the Governor of Wisconsin. Why is there this need for men to control women in so many areas of their lives?

The facts on human trafficking are also indicative of the war against women. In 2008, approximately 1.39 million worked as commercial sex slaves with women and girls comprising 98 percent. Recently a spokesman for Rep. Hayworth (R-NY) said: “Let’s hurl some acid at those female Democratic senators…” These are not isolated incidents.

Why is it that there is no economic value for those women who choose to be homemakers? They accumulate no social security, no 401K, have health care only through their husband’s policy and must depend on the length of time married when their husband retires or dies in order to have financial security when they grow old. Oh, no, there is no war on women. How can anyone infer that?

I.G. Shadduck

West Des Moines

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