November 18, 2013

Letters to the editor: Limits needed to fight climate change

Pollution standards for new power plants should win support.

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Flooding on Portland’s waterfront caused by a high tide in 2011 could become worse, a letter writer says, if actions such as new power plant pollution limits aren’t taken.

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Howard Cutler states in a letter, “I am a tea party member” and also “a regular American” (“Tea party remains a flashpoint,” Oct. 21). He then goes on to spew some strikingly un-American sentiments.

For example, he suggests that all the trouble in the government started when the Obama administration “forced upon our nation the Affordable Care Act.”

In fact, this act became a law, which was voted upon and approved by the Congress of the United States and then reviewed and approved by the Supreme Court.

That’s how we do things in this country. We have a debate, we have a vote and whichever side gets the most votes wins. A review by the Supreme Court gives it further approval.

Mr. Cutler may not care for the outcome of a particular piece of legislation, nor, sometimes, do I, but in a democracy we have to accept the outcome of the legislative process. I’m sorry he’s as upset as he is. Perhaps an elementary lesson in civics would help. He probably had a course in civics in junior high school.

He concludes his letter by saying, “We are your neighbors who just happen to support the United States Constitution.”

If he has a copy of that document, I suggest he read it.

Edward L. White


American use of drones saves military, civilian lives

Regarding a recent letter on drones (“Readers oppose intervention in Syria,” Sept. 5), please understand that drones save lives and most importantly, they save American lives.

The normal method of using planes to attack an enemy position or person is to send a plane with pilot and crew, usually accompanied by other planes and crews to protect it. Drones are unmanned, which means they have no pilot or crew aboard, so there is no potential loss of life to the crew on the mission.

There is also very little, if any, collateral damage to innocent bystanders. The drones currently being reported are relatively small, limiting the size of weaponry it can handle. This, in turn, limits the amount of damage that can be inflicted on civilians.

Yes, I think it is only a matter of time before the drones can become much larger, but they will always take fewer lives and inflict less civilian damage than the equivalent amount of firepower or bomb power that we are used to.

Remember, drones save lives – and especially that they are saving American lives.

Al Burk



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