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Published: December 10, 2013
Can you imagine our good old free-market Republicans — in any other case — trying to tell insurance companies that they couldn’t sell whatever polices they wanted to offer?
You know the answer. Why not just leave this on the ballot for the people to decide? That, in fact, might actually help Republicans in other races, by turning out the pro-life vote.
But no, legislators want to pander to the anti-abortion lobby in order to get campaign contributions next year. That, and avoid being challenged in the primary by even more strident anti-abortion activists. So, unless common decency prevails, that’s exactly what they should do: let the voters decide in November.
If you disagree with the proposed law, you might let Speaker Jase Bolger and your local representative know, right away.
By the way, despite myths to the contrary, the number of abortions has been steadily dropping, and is now only about 23,000 a year, less than half of what it was in 1987.
How many of those led to insurance claims? Barely 3 percent. This is, our lawmakers should note, a classic case of a solution seeking a nonexistent problem.
But aren’t you glad they are spending time on this issue instead of fixing our schools and roads?
‘Brilliant’ Media Move
FOR SOME REASON, the Gannett-owned Free Press often seems determined to sabotage itself by outraging its most loyal readers. Nearly five years ago, it tried to drive everybody to the online product by offering delivery only three days a week.
Now Gannett is dropping two iconic Freep comic strips, “Doonesbury,” still read avidly by baby boomers, and “Blondie,” which generations grew up with.
They were replaced by two strips: “Dogs of C Kennel” and “Wumo,” the latter of which appears, on first reading, to be some kind of failed Soviet project to try to invent a joke. But if this flops, there’s always a convenient Gannett solution: Lay off more people.
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