GOP control will not solve problems; Local resources help fight menstrual poverty


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GOP control will not solve problems

A June 5 article in the CDT, by Henry Olsen, argues that it’s not only likely, but in fact inevitable, that House Republicans will win midterm seats in 2022.

The reason seems to be voter impatience. When things don’t go well, voters blame the majority party and decide to “try it with the others”. Currently, Democrats hold the White House and slim majorities in both houses of Congress, so the impetus is to shift to Republican control.

Yes, we have problems: inflation, COVID, gun violence, environmental issues, Ukraine, even formula shortages. But do we really think these problems will subside with Republicans in charge? What would Republicans do to control inflation, or COVID, or stop the Russian assault on Ukraine, or increase the supply of infant formula? Would House Republicans act to promote gun safety or climate change solutions? Dream!

The Republican platform, according to the RNC website, “…is centered on driving economic growth for all Americans, protecting constitutionally guaranteed freedoms, ensuring the integrity of our elections, and maintaining our national security”.

Yet the only economic growth the RNC seeks to secure involves the wealthy and corporations working to deprive women of the freedom to make choices for themselves; the only constitutional rights they are really interested in preserving allow the sale at will of dangerous weapons. Should we trust people like Meadows and Eastman to protect the integrity of elections?

The economy can and will bounce back, but our fragile democracy, once crushed, is another story.

Norita Chyle, State College

Local resources help fight menstrual poverty

Recent headlines have highlighted a new shortage of essential products in the United States: menstrual products.

Survey data from Days for Girls at Penn State showed that 13% of menstruating female students at Penn State skipped class or worked due to a lack of access to menstrual products prior to this shortage, highlighting the challenges of poverty period already encountered by our students. Period poverty affects 500 million menstruating people worldwide, including members of our own State College community.

A lack of safe and reliable menstrual health products can lead to the use of unsanitary items for the absorption of menstrual flow, such as old rags, socks or newspaper. Using periodic products longer than intended to compensate for insufficient access to products can also lead to health complications like toxic shock syndrome or yeast infections.

It is essential that members of our community are aware of the resources available to them to access menstrual care products. The ability to participate in school, work, and community events should never be disrupted by menstrual poverty.

The following locations are stocked with free vintage products available to Penn State students.

  • HUB bathrooms, library and Business Building
  • Lion’s Pantry
  • Gender Equity Center
  • Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
  • Veteran Student Center
  • University Health Services (by appointment)

The following locations are stocked with free vintage products available to the general public.

  • Palmer Art Museum
  • Abba Java
  • Webster’s

Jess Strait, State College

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