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Reader Opinion: Condoms

I want to thank the three Crow Wing County Commissioners who voted to not have taxpayer condoms distributed through Social Services. Almost every gas station has vending machines in their bathrooms. There may be another discussion if condoms were...

I want to thank the three Crow Wing County Commissioners who voted to not have taxpayer condoms distributed through Social Services. Almost every gas station has vending machines in their bathrooms. There may be another discussion if condoms were not so readily available everywhere. Again, anyone who needs one they are 75 cents in the men's bathrooms at the gas stations. If you don't have 75 cents, you are probably in middle school.

I was told there is only an 18 percent failure rate using a condom. There is a false sense of security especially when a teenager (who thinks they will live forever) uses one, as it does not stop all STDs or pregnancies. Russian Roulette only uses the odds of 1 out of 6, or a 16 percent chance of failing. And rat poison only has 2 percent arsenic, 98 percent good stuff. Good odds? Was told education reduces the failure rate, but there were no statistics. I agree with Paul Thiede, taxpayers providing a good meal for the parents celebrating a newborn is better than taxpayers providing a condom. They used to provide one in all the hospitals-to celebrate.

Thank you again Paul Thiede, Rosemary Franzen and Paul Koering for not taking taxpayer money to buy free taxpayer condoms.

Doug Kern

Brainerd

Related Topics: CROW WING COUNTY BOARD
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