Is this culture fit for statehood?

Adjacent articles in the July 2 edition -- "Netanyahu calls out Hamas" and "(Iraqi) Militant leader issues call to Muslims" -- and last month's Islamist kidnappings of hundreds of non-Muslim Nigerian girls, show the unity of the Islamists theologic handbook.

In June, three civilian Israeli teenagers were murdered. The perpetrators, whether Hamas or Fatah, showed nonhuman behavior in celebrating the murder of innocents. Arabs of Gaza and the West Bank handed out candy, just as they did on 9/11, when U.S. civilians were murdered. Joyful Gazans, in 2011, celebrated the murder of the Fogel family's 11-month old Israeli infant — asleep in his crib.

Meanwhile, Israel treats wounded civilians from Syria's civil war.

Prime suspects now are Amer Abu-aysha, and Marwan Qawasmeh, both Hamas activists. Abu-aysha's mother told local TV, "If he did the kidnapping, I'll be proud of him."

Palestine Authority and Hamas society produces such mothers and women who cheer their sons to blow themselves up and/or murder the children of their neighbors. Is a culture that instills hatred and celebrates martyrdom and murder, fit for statehood?

Fred Korr

Oakland

Can't deny women needed medications

I'm of the opinion that denying a woman certain types of pregnancy prevention medications is an idiotic notion.

What I can't figure out is why any health plan would ever consider discouraging a woman from preventing a pregnancy that is either unwanted or untenable. It makes no sense from a business standpoint. The cost of childbirth is astronomical. When you tack on the price of prenatal care and postnatal care for both the mother and child as well as that of being saddled with another human to provide complete care for makes absolutely no sense profit-wise.

A company that would inflict itself with such unnecessary costs without offsetting them in some way won't be in business very long, especially considering how, in contrast, inexpensive it is to help a women who probably can't afford another child in the first place. After all, Hobby Lobby doesn't pay her all that much.

We should ask the billionaire owner of Hobby Lobby if he will now provide fully paid maternity care, affordable on-site child care, paid maternity leave and flexible scheduling.

It's easy for a wealthy man to dictate the choices a woman faces especially when he'll never have to make those decisions himself.

Erich Hayner

Oakland

High court got it wrong with ruling

The Supreme Court's decision to support Hobby Lobby's petition to deny paying contraceptive medical coverage for religious reasons for their female employees is abhorrent. This is the second recent judgment whereby women are the victims and whose rights are removed in favor of a growing faction of religious zealots who are pushing their agenda on female citizens of this country.

The striking down of the 35-foot buffer zone around Massachusetts abortion clinics -- keeping protesters from approaching patients because it violates the First Amendment right of free speech -- reeks of approving predatory behavior by protesters. In both findings, women seeking reproductive health care are being denied their rights. Why is it the business of strangers or an employer to interfere with a woman's right to choose? The high court is granting the employer ownership and control of the employee's life, a kind of slavery. The decision has opened the door to a plethora of future cases whereby a corporation's power trumps women's rights, which are currently being whittled away to nothing.

Linda S. Messick

Oakland

Financial advice comes with price

Am I the only one who was surprised to read the recent guest column, "Teaching financial responsibility to next generation," by a PricewaterhouseCoopers representative, discussing the company's work with Bay Area youth on financial literacy?

While I appreciate the importance of financial literacy, I was disappointed to see PWC considers itself a good messenger. This is the same company that charged more than $400 million for their work with the government's botched Independent Foreclosure Review. This is money that could have gone to homeowners who lost their homes to illegal foreclosures instead of overpriced consultants.

When you're charging anywhere from $235 to $600 an hour, I guess the bills ad up fast.

My financial advice for today's young people? Find a job at PWC where you can charge your clients hundreds of dollars an hour.

Sean Coffey

Oakland