Birth control available
I cannot stand by and listen to this false claim that a woman has no choice in birth control because the company she works for says she can't have it.
Somebody please show me where it says in any law that a woman must take the contraception that is provided through her employer.
Hobby Lobby has said that it will pay for 16 of the 20 contraceptives the Affordable Care Act provides. How is that denying coverage to anyone? The left thinkers have been screaming about how the right thinkers are unwilling to work or compromise with the president. I ask the left thinkers: The president got 80 percent of the coverage they wanted, and now the sky is falling and a war is waged on women; who is uncompromising?
Every woman in this country can have birth control. What some people want is for someone else to pay for it.
Timothy Carpus Apopka
Hitt optimistic on sensors
I hate to take exception to the foresight of University of Central Florida President John Hitt, but his prediction that the global "smart" sensor market could grow to $1.9 trillion in the next five-and-a-half years would seem to be precise and optimistic.
Would the market grow that much if the recently dreamed up Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center were not built in "Cowtown" Kissimmee on the former Judge Farms property, arguably the most fertile farm land in Osceola County?
Then again, it's not farm land. The county owns it.
Jim Losinger Kissimmee
An awakening about gays
Thank you, Art Hillman of Longwood, for having expressed my exact thoughts in his Saturday letter to the editor.
As a senior female citizen of the Greatest Generation, it has taken me a long time to accept the fact that such a thing as homosexuality even exists. I was a college student when a male veteran of World War II told me about his having been approached in stations by other men. I found it difficult to believe him.
Even today when I hear of a man calling himself a wife or a woman calling herself a husband, it sounds like they are playing house. However, I now understand that such unions do exist. I just wish they wouldn't call them marriages.
But today is not yesterday, and I firmly believe that those in civil unions should have the same legal rights as married couples. Both unions should be considered as legal partners.
Dorothy Gray Mount Dora
Uber has lots of company
It is fascinating that the city of Orlando is so concerned with the Uber ride-sharing service because Uber is not, according to the city, following the city's rules and regulations requiring permits, among other things.
The city has gone as far as ticketing Uber drivers and impounding cars to protect legitimate taxi businesses and supposedly the end-user passengers.
At the same time, unlicensed tradespeople work with impunity in Central Florida. No one stops them or tickets them or the homeowners and business owners who hire them; and their tools are not seized.
As a licensed air-conditioning contractor, we pay for insurance, licensing and permitting, state-mandated continuing education and lettering for our trucks as required by law. But we regularly go into our suppliers and find unlicensed people buying equipment and installing it illegally.
Inspectors could regularly line up outside supply houses, follow unmarked trucks loaded with equipment to their destinations and ask to see licenses and permits.
Does it happen? No.
We regularly have to compete with someone "who does it on the side," and we meet indifference when we report it to government code-enforcement divisions. What hypocrisy to protect one business, Mears, but not our industry.
Tina Brewer Maitland