Time to end the boycott at Ralph's
While shopping at Ralph's Thriftway recently, I learned that the boycott of the store is doing significant financial damage to this locally owned, community-minded business.
Ralph's and Bayview, which is also owned by the Stormans family, are being boycotted because of the owners' refusal to allow the Plan B contraceptive to be sold by their pharmacy. Local pro-choice organizations began this boycott last summer.
I supported the boycott initially because I share the belief that women and their doctors -- not pharmacists -- should choose what medications we take. But I believe it is long past time for the boycott to end. The point has been made, and the policy decision has moved to the State Pharmacy Board (and possibly to the Legislature).
So there is simply no longer a good reason to harm Ralph's, which is a neighborhood treasure, or to punish a pillar of our community for his willingness to take a stand on an issue which he feels just as deeply about as we do.
Jill Severn, Olympia