You'll get freedom, fast, just no health insurance | March 10, commentary
Follow science, protect health
This column contained a quote from new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price: "You need to know that what your doctor is recommending for you is exactly what he or she believes is right for you based upon education and science, not based upon what Washington is telling them he or she must do." I'll agree with that.
This same argument should hold true for the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has a lot to do with health and human services if you consider how pollution greatly affects health. Knowledge and science should be the foundation for Scott Pruitt's EPA decisions. He needs to turn to the many scientists who have researched environmental issues for decades. When the air, land and water are polluted, the health of every living creature is compromised.
I hope the current administration does not try to "redefine" health and tell us our health standards should be lowered to compensate for increased pollution.
Ray Dal Lago, Sun City Center
House Bill 19
Bill erodes women's rights
Since Gov. Rick Scott took office, the Florida Legislature has enacted several unnecessary restrictions designed to pressure and punish women and block access to abortion care.
A recent National Partnership for Women & Families study showed that most of the abortion restrictions introduced in the 2016 Legislature were based on lies. This shouldn't come as a surprise, as the real reason for these frivolous restrictions is simply to limit access to abortion care and shame women.
HB 19, which needlessly exposes doctors who perform abortions to massive liability and baseless lawsuits, is making its way through the Legislature. HB 19 perpetuates the false claim that many women regret their abortions, despite no evidence to support this erroneous claim. Research shows that 95 percent of women don't regret their abortions.
These efforts to erode reproductive rights have a damaging effect on women's health. Florida politicians should leave private medical decisions to patients, their families and their doctors.
Judy Ramsey, Clearwater
Budget boosts defense | March 17
My mother was a founder of Meals on Wheels in the greater East Brunswick, N.J., area. She delivered meals into her 90s. She was no fool. She knew how important not only were the meals but the contact she had with the recipients. She would often be the only one they would have spoken to or seen in days. She delivered in the snow, the rain and the heat of summer.
She knew Meals on Wheels does not only supply needed food but a human sustenance to life. President Donald Trump's intention to cut funding to this program shows a mean-spiritedness and a complete disregard for the needs of many of our U.S. citizens. Funds recouped from forgoing a few trips to Mar-a-Lago would probably be ample for funding this program.
Carol Mickett, St. Petersburg