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CWOW Continues

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Iced Water at the Cafe Rouge, a knitted, embellished quilt by Suzann Thompson, greeting cards

I’m resuming my letters to elected officials with these notes that will go in the mail on July 21, 2017. They’re about a seemingly evergreen topic, health care in the United States.

CWOW stands for Cold Water on Washington, because I’m using my greeting cards with an image of Iced Water at the Cafe Rouge, one of my early knitted, quilting wall hangings.

For the representative in Congress for Texas District 11, and for our Texas senators:

Dear Mr. Conaway,

Back in March, you sent me a letter which began, “Thank you for contacting me to express your views on abortion.”

But Mr. Conaway, I did not write to you about abortion.

I wrote to ask you to fund Planned Parenthood. Federal money cannot fund abortion, so what can your objection be?

As you know, the best way to prevent abortion is to prevent pregnancy. Planned Parenthood does this through education and affordable health care and birth control.

In fact I would bet that Planned Parenthood has prevented more abortions than you ever have.

So here’s a new slogan for you: “Prevent abortion—fund Planned Parenthood!”

Sincerely,
ST

Dear Senators Cruz & Cornyn,

I think you are lucky the BCRA failed. If it should come up again, please vote AGAINST it.

I would like for you to make basic health care and preventive care available to all Americans, paid for by taxes. Preventing disease or catching it early will save us money in the long run. Go ahead, ask the CBO about it.

Address the wildly increasing costs of health care. How about drastically lowering tuition and expenses for medical training, so graduates aren’t burdened with so much debt which they pass on to us? What about negotiating lower prices for medicines, medical equipment and procedures?

I look forward to your future open, better-informed, bipartisan efforts to improve our health care system.

Sincerely,
ST

P. S. for Sen Cornyn: Thank you for sending replies to my letters. I appreciate that.

CWOW Letters, Week 4-ish

Friday, March 24th, 2017

I missed a week in my Cold Water on Washington letter-writing campaign. It wasn’t for lack of material, believe me! I’m back to the grindstone, with these notes written on March 7, 2017:

Dear Mr. President,

Many people have asked or demanded that you release your tax returns. I know you don’t want to do it, but Mr. President, you should.

You are proud of your success in business, and your tax returns are simply one type of record of your business acumen.

Okay, maybe you think something in your tax returns will be unflattering to you. Well, own it! Even fantastic businessmen have their low points, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Besides I’m afraid the longer you wait, the more people will begin to believe that you are afraid of what your tax returns reveal about you. But you are the president now, and you must step up and take responsibility for your tax returns and whatever may result from their release.

Surely you are not afraid to release your tax returns. Are you, Mr. President?

Sincerely,

ST

The Senate created its own Joint Resolution to roll back protection of certain wildlife on wildlife refuges. So I wrote about this issue again, to cover the SJ Res 18. Again, you can look up this bill and more at www.congress.gov.

Dear Senator Cornyn/Cruz,

Please vote against SJ Res 18.

National wildlife refuges exist to preserve the natural diversity of wildlife in certain areas. Natural diversity includes predators and predator/prey relationships. Allowing hunters to kill predators, particularly when they are raising young, skews the natural balance of wildlife on these refuges.

I add that the methods used to hunt bears in particular, like picking them off at a bait station or airborne hunting are extremely unsportsmanlike.

Your disapproval of the rule mentioned in SJ Res 18 benefits a very, very small percentage of U. S. citizens.

Frankly, you have more pressing issues to attend to.

Sincerely,
ST

The House of Representatives unveiled their health care bill, H. R. 370, which we know now will not even come to a vote. I will be writing a lot more about healthcare in these United States.

Dear Representative Conaway,

FUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD!

Sincerely,
ST

Iced Water at the Café Rouge note cards