Tonawanda News


April 2, 2014

DUVALL: Hobby Lobby argument is built on sand


Tonawanda News — Of the nine mutual funds examined by Mother Jones offered by Hobby Lobby’s 401(k) program, each contained multiple — in some case dozens — of pharmaceutical companies and $73 million in investments into those funds.

Is it surprising that mainstream retirement investments include buying into companies like Teva, which produces the generic version of the Plan B morning-after pill, or Pfizer, manufacturer of two of the most commonly prescribed pills for medically induced abortions? Absolutely not. In fact, if the company wants to make good on its promise to employees to help them save for a future retirement they have a fiduciary duty to invest in blue chip companies like Teva and Pfizer.

My point isn’t merely to call the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, hypocrites — though they certainly are.

Whether Hobby Lobby realized the drug companies were included in the mutual funds it helps underwrite for its employees isn’t known. Mother Jones said the company did not respond to requests for comment. It’s worth noting the most recent public filings on their retirement plan date to December 2012, three months after filing their Obamacare lawsuit. It’s also worth noting the birth control pills they now oppose were included on previous employer-sponsored health insurance plans before they decided to sue over the Obamacare provisions.

That’s beside the point. 

We need to discredit the bogus argument one person’s religion takes precedent over public policy. The reality is we live in a large and very complicated society where one person’s religious beliefs shouldn’t take precedent over common sense and widely accepted health care provisions that benefit millions of women.

If a company as socially conscious as Hobby Lobby can’t craft a retirement plan that meets its own high standards for religious conformation, who can?

Text Only
  • Tucker, Barbara.jpg TUCKER: Oh, the joys of Sound Off Never thought the words "Thank goodness for Sound Off" would ever be printed here.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • adamczyk, ed.jpg ADAMCZYK: And now for something completely different... Last weekend I attended a local movie theater (a plushy, posh experience; they design these places now to get you out of your living room and away from your home electronics) to watch the sun set on the British Empire.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

    July 18, 2014

  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: King George's abdication leaves many questions I've covered Niagara County politics for 10 years and it's been a fascinating -- and often infuriating -- experience. With the news the man known with equal parts respect and cynicism as "King George" is walking away it's about to get more interesting.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Canal Fest, here we come This column should be titled "Roads and Streets." First of all, Meadow Drive is finally open. Although it took very long to be completed, it's beautiful. Riding by the other day brought into focus how many people will use this to cut across town. One less thing for residents to complain about.

    July 12, 2014