click to enlarge Hope Clinic for Women sponsored this billboard on I-55/64, viewable by drivers to Illinois from Missouri. - PHOTO COURTESY HOPE CLINIC FOR WOMEN
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Hope Clinic for Women sponsored this billboard on I-55/64, viewable by drivers to Illinois from Missouri.

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As are most things in life, the matter of abortion is complex and multilayered ("Abortion haven: Illinois before and after Roe V. Wade," Nov. 12). I resolutely affirm that women must maintain control of their bodies and have unfettered access to safe abortions in proper medical facilities. The life of the living mother takes precedence over that of the unborn.

The current guidelines state that abortion is a proper option up to 26 weeks of pregnancy when the mother, along with her physicians, assesses that the pregnancy threatens her health, be it her physical and/or mental health. There are dozens of medical and pregnancy-related conditions for which to carry the pregnancy to term poses a significant risk to the mother. 

Women are not meant to be incubators against their will. To force a woman to go through with an unwanted pregnancy is a form of torture. 

Reasonable people surely conclude that only a barbaric society would make it difficult for a woman to receive a safe abortion in a proper medical facility.

Eli Goodman, MD



Thanks to Bruce Rushton for his article, "Closing time: Bars, restaurants face shutdown" (Nov. 12). The reluctance of our public officials to order mask wearing is puzzling. My own experience with this mindset was an eye-opener.

On May I, one day after the issuance of the Illinois executive order for everyone to wear masks in stores, I went to my favorite grocery store. I had not been in the store for more than a minute when I counted four customers without masks. I notified the store office and was told that corporate told them they could not require mask-wearing in their stores. I left and went to Schnucks, where I was delighted to find employees at the entrance checking everyone for masks. I even witnessed them turning away one very healthy-looking young woman who said she had a medical condition that prevented her from wearing a mask.

There is an online site for neighborhood news in my area, and I decided to be a responsible citizen and alert the subscribers about this. A few hours later I checked my entry for comments. Much to my surprise, there were about 80 comments. Also, much to my surprise, most were extremely critical of me.  And they kept coming. 

I then wrote a response, explaining that masks were worn mostly to protect others, so they shouldn't object to wearing them.  After that, the response was from the "powers that be" of the online news, whoever they may be. They explained, in no uncertain terms, that political statements were not allowed on the website and, if I did something like that again, I would be banned from using it.

And we wonder why we are on the "hot spots" list.

Sarah H. Thomas



Gannett is not consistent with their investment and support of state capital news ("Titans set to depart SJ-R," Nov. 16). The Columbus Dispatch is far better supported than the State Journal-Register. The Dispatch has been able to devote a team of reporters to uncover the pharmacy benefit manager corruption in Ohio's managed Medicaid system (which is happening in most other states as well).

The SJ-R has not been properly supported by Gannett for years. Illinois deserves robust, challenging and balanced reporting of the Capitol and how taxpayer dollars are spent and misspent. Bernie Schoenburg and Doug Finke have given many years of reporting and provided insight for the public. Illinois will be at a loss without these gentlemen.

Garth Reynolds

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