Letters to the Editor

Abortion debate: Letters to the editor, Dec. 10, 2018

In this photo from last July, women demonstrate during a pro-choice rally in New York. Last month representatives of several national anti-abortion groups met with administration staffers at the White House to discuss how President Donald Trump, who has supported their agenda, could continue to be helpful in the changed political circumstances.
In this photo from last July, women demonstrate during a pro-choice rally in New York. Last month representatives of several national anti-abortion groups met with administration staffers at the White House to discuss how President Donald Trump, who has supported their agenda, could continue to be helpful in the changed political circumstances. AP file

Keep abortion a woman’s decision

I am pro-choice and believe you cannot tell another woman what she can and cannot do with her body. What if a older woman told an younger man what he can or cannot do? For example, the number of his sexual partners or who he can or cannot be with.

There a lot of factors when someone says a woman cannot have an abortion, such as, the cost of having a baby, because babies are not cheap. The woman would have to pay for a crib, changing station, food, car seat, food, etc. It should be a choice and not society’s place to tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her body, such as wear a certain type of clothing, like a conservative outfit, to please society. As a society we need to make woman feel like they have a choice and are not being pressured into having a baby they are definitely ready for.

Linda Wiltjer, Fresno

CalSavers good, but key flaw exists

Your Nov. 25 editorial said that more Fresnans need to save for retirement, and the CalSavers program is a good way to start doing so. Agreed, but CalSavers has a significant flaw: the ease of withdrawing funds before retirement.

Based on my experience as a small business employer with an employee pension plan, it is far too tempting for employees to cash in their retirement savings before they retire. The 10 percent penalty for withdrawal is simply not enough to dissuade many people from taking their money early, instead of saving it for its intended purpose.

A recent Ameriprise study confirms my impression: almost a quarter of respondents took early withdrawal from their retirement accounts, usually to pay off debts. I suspect that if Social Security funds could be tapped, many people would do so, regardless of future consequences.

The CalSavers program could better serve its intended purpose if early withdrawls were made more restrictive.

Don Gaede, Fresno

Go beyond appearances

People should stop assuming thing about others without knowing. For instance, I am Laotian, and right away people think I’m Hmong or Chinese just because I am Asian. There are other types or Asian races and people need to understand that not all Asians are just Chinese.

People are different and may get offended when someone just assumes something that they are not and it’s rude to just call an Asian person Chinese just because they are or look Asian. This just doesn’t go for Asians, it goes for all races, too.

Ayehsa Vongmysay, Fresno

Money to rebuild is from taxpayers

The feds have given $20 M in aid to Camp fire victims. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who was back in the town of Paradise recently, said he has never witnessed such devastation.

This is the statement that angered me: “There’s a lot of things I’d rather spend this federal money on rather than repairing damage of things that have been destroyed.” Who do these people think they are? This is our taxpayers’ money which rebuilds, not his. Where are these people going to go? Some cannot leave, they have animals — who is going to rent to them?

People are elderly with a low, fixed income, Social Security. We are the people of California, we will rebuild by helping each other. California is gold country, founded by people in little towns up and down our “great” state.

Secretary Zinke, you really do not know Californians; I assume this is the reason you lost the elections in this state.

Donna M. Andrews, Madera

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