Readers respond to Hobby Lobby column

Pat Lenhoff
Pat Lenhoff

Gosh, I miss the good ole AOL guy! Always there with a pleasant “You’ve got mail” declaration. He is part of 1990s nostalgia. Anyway, my point is that, while I have always enjoyed getting AOL guy’s happy announcement of mail from you the reader, as long as I continue to hear from you, I’m grateful. So today, let’s see what you, the reader, had to say about those hot-button issues.

Due to a larger volume of responses to the recent Hobby Lobby column, we’ll focus on reader comments regarding that subject. In a nutshell? I’m batting 1,000. No one wrote in to disagree with my distaste towards Hobby Lobby’s action to withhold insurance coverage of certain birth control methods, nor with the hypocrisy I felt when the retirement investment portfolio for the company was revealed to be invested considerably in those very same methods, nor with my decision to stop shopping there. Here is some of what readers had to say about this topic:

“I’ll sum up the message from me, my wife, and our three daughters. Thank you. Your column took courage to write … and we agree.” John Keister

“I agree with your comments about Hobby Lobby’s hypocrisy with regard to its stand on birth control. As you are probably aware, this is made even more ludicrous by the fact that the company invests in companies that develop and create birth control materials. It is dizzying to face all the hypocrisy we see today, in business and government. I worry so much for my grandchildren, appalled by the world they are coming into.” Joyce Becker Lee

“Bravo! Well said. Unfortunately in these polarized times, well reasoned arguments don’t seem to matter much.” Steve Cepa

“I feel absolutely the same way. Hobby Lobby has lost my business too. My 90-year-old mother-in-law asked me to take her to Hobby Lobby so she could buy a frame for her great grandson. For some reason the frame was not on sale even though other frames were, and she asked the salesperson why. She replied that it will be going on sale tomorrow and she can bring her receipt back. My mother-in-law explained that she doesn’t drive and lives in a retirement home, would it be possible to get a discount. No. We went to (another store) and picked a frame, also not on sale, and Mom didn’t have any coupons. The sales person gave her the 40 percent discount anyway and signed her up to receive coupons at her retirement home.” Rose DiCicco.

“And that’s why religion and politics/business should ALWAYS be separated.” Colleen Balija

So there you have it, not only here in our area, but increasingly across the nation. Why so many everyday people seem to clearly see the larger ramifications of this judicial decision, but a majority of the supposedly wisest persons in the world, our Supreme Court, cannot — is a question without answer. A very troubling question that may have cranked open Pandora’s Box. And who will rescue us from the fallout then? Only time will tell.

Send email to Pat Lenhoff at:
viewfromvh@yahoo.com.

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