Each week we post a run-down of the best of our reader comments with the hopes of highlighting some of your most valuable insights and encouraging more people to join the fray. Let us know what you think—in the comments!
Peter Gatliff: My wife was a Republican from Iowa. She supported Planned Parenthood. She also passed away due to breast cancer not caught in time. I had planned to donate money from my book on the subject and how it affects the family. But Susan G. Komen has let politics get in the way of preventing women from dying an early horrible death. She will not get a dime from this family.
In response to Katha Pollitt’s “The Komen Foundation Pinkwashes Anti-choicers, Punks Planned Parenthood.” February 1, 2012
DreamBoatAnnie: Through their web of political influence, billionaire political operatives Charles and David Koch have bought access to democracy’s lifeblood: free and fair elections. The Koch brothers have funded efforts to thwart 21 million Americans from voting and Koch dollars helped write and propose voting suppression bills in 38 states. Voter suppression laws passed around the U.S. will put ballot boxes out of reach or millions of Americans eligible to vote, many of whom are minorities, physically disabled, students and seniors. Walker tried to thwart the recall effort by using fake democratic candidates to force primary runoffs. Now he’s manipulated your constitutional right to participate in elections by demanding that every voter have a picture ID in order to vote, but he then closed 10 DMV offices in democratic districts where people need go to get their ID’s in order to extend hours in republican districts. Just like efforts by Ohio’s Gov to manipulate early voting, mail-in votes and same day registration. This attack on our voting rights is an affront to our democracy
In response to John Nichols’s “How Scott Walker and ALEC Plotted the Attack on Arizona’s Unions.” February 2, 2012
Rftulie: Right on, Dave! The NFL and its media shills, especially during the playoffs, come off as unashamedly militaristic and rightwing. As a lefty, I’m embarrassed that I watch, but I’m a sports junkie since childhood and I guess there’s this testosterone thing. Thanks for telling us about the NFLPA’s specifically stated opposition to "right-to-work" (stupid name, anyway. Why are we on the left still using it, anyway? It’s the same kind of propaganda as the phrase "pro-life!" Whose life? Whose rights?). And good for Occupy for using this opportunity to highlight what is going on in Indiana right now.
In response to Dave Zirin’s “Debating the Super Bowl Protests: Is CBS Columnist Gregg Doyel Really Proud to Know Nothing?” February 1, 2012