September 6, 2013

Letters to the editor: Global war could end U.S. empire

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John Kerry
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Secretary of State John Kerry listens Wednesday during a hearing on President Obama’s request for congressional authorization for military intervention in Syria, in response to a sarin gas attack.

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Middle Easterners have been killing each other over one ideology or another for centuries, and they will continue to do so.

I don't remember who appointed the United States as the world's police, but we must stop.

We have to keep our nose out of their gaseous and incredibly inhumane treatment of each other.

Where are the British, the Canadians, the Swedes, the Swiss, the Greeks, the Polish, the Russians, the Norwegians, the Japanese, the Chinese, the Bolivians, the Italians and all other countries on this planet?

They are aware of the Middle East's ongoing lethal turmoil but have the sense to not sacrifice their own citizens in no-win, big-loss military interventions (see Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, etc).

I am all for war if the purpose is to protect our soil, our democracy, our heritage and our future.

I am all for war if the purpose is clear and the enemy is well-defined.

A leadership slaughter in Syria does not mean that our nation is in anyone's crosshairs.

Bob Knecht

South Freeport

Time to end honeymoon with big chemical industry

I have found it very frustrating that as Maine parents and consumers we cannot determine which of the products we buy at the store are safe.

One of my major concerns is BPA, which I know is a hormone-disrupting chemical linked to cancer and other health problems found right in the linings of packaged food.

There are alternatives available and any parent should be able to avoid buying foods with BPA if they want to protect themselves and their children, but it's not so simple.

My family loves food -- but I don't know whether it is safe to eat, because companies don't have to disclose their use of BPA.

I'm very disappointed with Gov. LePage for vetoing a bill last session that would have required major food manufacturers to report which products contain BPA in the packaging.

This Healthy Kids Act would have helped out my family because we eat a lot of food. Still, the governor could take a small step toward a solution.

He should use his influence as governor to write to the top food manufacturers and demand that they stop hiding their use of BPA.

It's time for Gov. LePage to stop scoring points for the big chemical industry -- or it's time for Gov. LePage to end his honeymoon with the big chemical industry.

Tim Devlin

Portland

Show the whole picture about organized labor

While you tout the few merits of organized labor in your Sept. 2 editorial ("Our View: Middle class is strong when unions are strong"), you fail to mention the crippling effect union work rules have on productivity and corporate planning (Bath Iron Works being a perfect example).

In the future, why not show the whole picture?

Davies Allan

Westport Island

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