Maura Casey shared one view of the Catholic Church and contraception in her Feb. 26 commentary, “Catholic women speak out.” We would like to give ours.

Before the pill became widely promoted in the 1960s, there was knowledge to help couples with serious needs, like Maura’s mother, to space children by natural means.

The Catholic Church addressed the faithful with Pope Paul VI publishing his encyclical Humanae Vitae in the 1960s.

The church had the responsibility to teach morality to the faithful about the dignity of procreation and human sexuality even if it was unpopular among those with secular world standards who would promote their way versus one that would require some sacrifice.

Along with that sacrifice comes a noble purpose of upholding our dignity as sexual beings and having the chance of staying united in grace to God within our married vocation.

When we married in the 1970s, we were aware of the choices. We learned that there was natural family planning out there, and it was acceptable to the church.

A Catholic obstetrician/gynecologist helped us with a quick explanation of a method when we were engaged, and later we went on to a complete class by natural family planning teachers recommended by the church.

As husband and wife, we were equally responsible for upholding the sanctity of our marriage. There are benefits of natural family planning, including appreciating each other when every month feels like a honeymoon, added grace from God and keeping things natural for our bodies.

Artificial contraception may seem like the way for some couples, but there are risks of cancers, contraception acting as an abortifacient and losing dignity through the possibility of becoming sex objects to each other when God is left out of the equation.

With the natural family planning, you feel your lovemaking is staying open to conception and being partners with God as co-creators. You make a sacrifice to give up the pleasure during fertile times.

The most important thing the church is trying to teach is leading each other as a couple to heaven through our vocation as married people.

To those who would say that you tell your daughters about artificial birth control, I would say that it would be irresponsible telling my children artificial birth control is good or OK versus telling them how good and holy natural family planning is.

The sad fact is that the use of artificial birth control leads to becoming sexually active before marriage, a loss of self respect and it won’t protect them from the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.

Maura Casey thinks most Catholics see it like she does. We have many like-minded friends and fellow parishioners in our 37 years of marriage. We want to thank God for our four natural children and one adopted daughter.

To all others reading: Get the facts and pray about it.

Anne and Paul Williams


Offensive show

After watching the NBA All-Star Game for the first half, I came to the conclusion that it should have been the NBA All-Star Show, with the players winning for the Best Actors in a Starting Role.

I had to turn it off and watch the real Academy Awards. There was no defense and very few, if any, blocked shots. The referees should have won in the Best Supporting Actors category. There were very few fouls called because the players seldom touched each other. There was only offense, players allowed to drive to the basket untouched.

Next year, maybe the No. 1 and the No. 2 college teams in the country could replace the All-Star Show, then we would see a real All-Star Game.

Johnnie Hannah


Keep Kurt on ?the County Council

Finding elected officials who have a genuine dedication to helping those they represent is becoming increasingly difficult.

While much of the focus for this upcoming election will be on the presidential race, there are many local races that will have an impact on those of us living in Summit County.

One of those races is for an at-large seat on the Summit County Council.

As Democrats in Summit County head to the polls on Tuesday, I strongly recommend that they cast a vote for Sandra Kurt.

I have had the pleasure to get to know Kurt over the past few years and say without hesitation that she is one of the most intelligent, thoughtful and dedicated public servants we are lucky enough to have serving the people of Summit County.

Her focus on creating jobs and making Summit County a place where people enjoy living and want to move are among her greatest contributions to the County Council.

Her engineering background and 26 years with Goodyear, including her most recent involvement with the company’s capital plan, have given her the analytical skills to look at the issues facing the county from various perspectives to find the most fiscally responsible solution.

Kurt’s intelligence, compassion and involvement in the community are to be commended.

It is rare to not see her at community events, from meetings on hydraulic fracturing to charity events to ground breakings. Kurt is in the community talking to constituents to understand their needs and answer their questions.

To lose Kurt on the Summit County Council would be a loss of someone who is committed to making Summit County stronger.

When you step into the voting booth on March 6, I encourage you to put experience to work for you by voting to keep Kurt on the County Council.

Katie Stoynoff


Provided by ?Planned Parenthood

I’m writing as a young man who is concerned with current attacks on women and their right to basic health services.

The Ohio legislature is getting ready to hold committee hearings for House Bill 298 and Senate Bill 201. The family planning defunding bills are being sponsored by Sen. Kris Jordan and Rep. Kristina Roegner.

These bills seek to reprioritize the federal family planning dollars distributed through the state, redirecting funds to health departments first and family planning providers last.

This would prove disastrous to Planned Parenthood patients, who in turn may face new fees and longer wait times for cancer screenings, breast exams and birth control from their trusted health-care provider.

Supporters of women and their right to basic reproductive health services should be outraged and should voice their opposition to this legislation.

For nearly 80 years, Planned Parenthood has been a trusted health-care provider to millions of women for basic health services.

Nearly 90 percent of the services provided by Planned Parenthood to nearly 100,000 Ohio women consist of lifesaving cancer screenings, breast exams, birth control, sex education and counseling.

During these hard economic times, it is important that all women have more access to affordable health care, not less. In Ohio, for every dollar spent on family planning, $4.70 is saved in Medicaid birth costs.

As a supporter of women’s reproductive rights, I’m asking everyone to contact his or her local representatives to oppose these bills and to ask legislators to stop attacking women and their right to basic, low-cost health-care services.

D.J. Miller


Judge shows ?poor judgment

Recently, two articles have appeared involving Judge Joy Malek Oldfield.

The first involved an indiscretion (“Judge accuses officer of fabricating story,” Feb. 19).

We should not judge if what happened was an act of lust or compassion, or if the judge or the police were lying, as those are not the issues.

The issue is her voluntary surrender of objectivity, that vital essence that defines a person sitting in fair judgment of others.

The second article was about the clearing of former Judge Tom McCarty of all charges leveled in the final days of his electoral contest against Oldfield (“Former judge cleared in probe of fees,” Feb. 25).

Granted, the hubris of political campaigns clouds judgment — but it would appear to be a clear example of the failure of objectivity by or on behalf of Oldfield, with her obvious concurrence to level such shallow charges.

It is now quite clear that the Beacon Journal was correct in its endorsement of Tom McCarty for judge. It is a sad reality that those who have supported Oldfield must now come to grips with the judgment that she has only one acceptable course of action.

We cannot elect judges on how they will handle any particular case. We must elect them based on their character and integrity.

Obviously, Oldfield should resign, as it would appear that the needed upright character traits are clearly lacking. If she will not, we must wait until the next election and not forget these events.

James Titmas