September 5, 2013

Letters to the editor: Readers oppose intervention in Syria

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Free Syrian Army fighters stand by a damaged bus in Idlib province Wednesday. The evidence produced to support U.S. military action in Syria actually erodes the White House’s case, a reader says.

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Since the 1950s, the United States has "intervened" in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Oman, Syria, Yemen, Kuwait and Afghanistan (that is just the Middle East list).

Sometimes it has been all-out war and sometimes it has helped "regime change" or reinstated royalty or helped to put a pro-American government in place.

Sometimes we just have used drones to kill the people we have decided are harmful to us.

Is it any wonder people in the Middle East don't trust us?

How does the Middle East look?

Have our interventions made it look any better?

It is time to stop.

Valerie Razsa


Heavy traffic will drive away would-be visitors to Maine

On Monday, around 6 p.m., a visitor to our state passed through the tollbooths at Kittery having experienced 15 miles of bumper-to-bumper traffic.

No, there was no accident -- unless it was that the Maine Turnpike Authority had accidentally concluded that two E-ZPass lanes and one cash lane would be adequate accommodation for exiting vacationers on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

A great deal of Maine business depends on visitors to our fair state, so if we're to believe that "Maine is open for business," we might want to think about making driving conditions just a little easier for those visitors.

I daresay there may be more than a few who drove south Monday afternoon who, by now, will have crossed their fall leaf-peeping trips right off their calendars.

Pauline Hunneman


Press Herald, others ignore impact of Japan meltdown

Why is there no news about, possibly, the greatest calamity in history?

I am talking about the nuclear meltdown in Japan that gets worse and worse as time goes on.  

Every tuna caught off California is showing signs of radioactivity; sea lions are washing ashore, and federal officials won't even test them.

The reactor is leaking 400 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific every day! The nuclear power plant's owner, Tepco, has no idea how to stop it. They are now detecting steam infecting the air.  

As of now, no fish that comes from the Pacific is safe to eat, and soon, all the other oceans will be infected.  

Do the editors of the Portland Press Herald actually think that there is any more important story out there? Or have the collective media just decided that the world is doomed and that there is no point in reporting it?

J.T. Nichols



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