Dear thief: I hope you're proud of yourself for stealing clothes
To the person or persons who stole my 2-year-old granddaughter's clothing out of the back of my son's car while he was unloading it Monday on San Ernesto in Anchorage: I hope you are happy with yourself.
I know it must be great to have all that freshly washed clothing so neatly on hangers and conveniently placed in a laundry basket for you. You took everything but the clothes on her back. Her bedding and her favorite blanky were there also.
Maybe you think you are somehow more deserving of these things. My son is a single father trying to provide for his daughter the best he can. I could never imagine such despicable behavior. Not that I think someone with that mentality would actually read the newspaper, but if you do, I hope your are proud of yourself.
-- Debby Heiker
EPA doesn't work for Alaskans
I find it outrageous that the EPA is using an insufficient Bristol Bay study to potentially freeze all resource development in Alaska. I find it offensive that they are attempting to pass off their actions as being in the best interest of Alaskans. They don't want to hear from Alaskans. If they did, they wouldn't have given us an eight-day notice for the first hearing on their watershed assessment, and they wouldn't have scheduled that hearing in Seattle!
Who does the EPA work for? It's certainly not for Alaskans, although they spend our tax dollars. The EPA should stop wasting taxpayer dollars to align themselves with special interests during an election year, and especially in an economy when so many taxpayers are struggling.
EPA, we pay your bills. Therefore, we deserve to be heard. Give us the full 120 days to be heard.
-- Ray and Joyce Maines
Affordable Care Act wrongly presses Catholic conscience
A recent letter writer asks whether the Affordable Care Act's mandate for employers to cover the full cost of their employees' birth control forces people who oppose this mandate "to make choices" we "don't believe in."
Yes, it does. It forces Catholic employers to choose between buying contraceptives for our employees, in violation of our consciences, or dropping health insurance for our employees, which would put us in violation of the law and subject us to fines that could put us out of business. It forces Catholic hospitals, schools and charities to choose between paying for contraceptives, dropping health insurance or employing and serving only Catholics. That last choice would prevent them from carrying out the fullness of their mission -- to serve all people and to preach the Gospel by serving our fellow humans.
Some covered drugs, like Ella, act after conception, destroying the new human life. Forcing me to pay for that is forcing me to be an accomplice to homicide.
Choose your favorite birth control but don't make me pay for it.
-- Mary Anne Green
Gratitude for good Samaritans
On June 25, I was involved in an auto accident on International Airport Road near the Old Seward Highway. I would like the two gentlemen who assisted us to know how much their help was appreciated.
They immediately stopped their vehicles and came to check how everyone was. They were calm, courteous and considerate.
They contacted the authorities and stayed until the police, the paramedics and ambulance arrived. Neither my daughter nor I got their names but we would like for them to know how very much their help and comforting presence meant to us.
-- Katherine West