Letters to the editor (7/13/12)

July 12, 2012 

Cabin important part of history

"Fourth Avenue cabin may disappear, along with its 100-year history:"

The house that is set to be demolished is important to our history. It is beautiful and old homes are like living museums. In Ellensburg, Wash., there is an entire neighborhood of homes that are all 100 years old or older.

-- Gage Raymond

Anchorage

Dog that died also a pit bull

I would like to add an explanation to my recent letter. The second dog that died due to a pit bull mauling was also a pit bull (60 pounds) that lived in the same household. The owners took good care of their dogs and loved them both. All they did was leave the house for an hour when the attack took place without provocation. Instinct or trained behavior? You decide.

-- Kathryn Hawkins, DVM

Valdez

Kind strangers aided riders after Kincaid biking accident

On July 5, my friend Pam and I were out mountain biking in Kincaid Park. We were having a fantastic time until her bike malfunctioned and sent her over her handlebars and into the weeds. She was lying on her back, not moving but conscious.

Just then, two guys (father/son) came by. A lucky break, since we hadn't seen any other riders for the past 45 minutes. The main injury seemed to be that Pam had terrible pain in her chest. I'm sure it must have seemed to take forever before she was able to walk.

Most people probably would have left at that point but the guys insisted on pushing our bicycles (and theirs) through the woods and back to the road. Then they got their trucks and took the bikes and us back to the Kincaid Chalet, where Pam's van was parked.

That afternoon, after an emergency room visit, it turned out that my friend had a broken rib. Thanks again for sticking with us. We will never forget your kindness.

-- Bonnie Lind

Anchorage

Human beings aren't cars, so don't compare insurances

I would like to respond to the July 10 Compass piece and letters regarding the Affordable Care Act.

As far as the Compass piece goes, Ms. Johannes lost all her credibility when she compared health insurance to car insurance. Human life shares no similarity with inanimate objects.

The letters from M. June and W. Cox were right on regarding the Catholic Church's argument for "religious rights" in denying her employees access to contraception. Any tax-exempt religious institution that hires the secular public, serves the secular public and enjoys the benefits of public funds should not demand exemptions from laws designed to protect and serve the general public.

Is denying non-Catholic employees access to contraception much different from denying a patient's end-of-life directives if those directives conflict with church dogma?

-- Marie Bair

Anchorage

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