June 27, 2013

Letters to the editor: Whistleblower unjustly targeted

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Edward Snowden
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Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor accused of espionage by the U.S. Justice Department, “should be in line for a medal” for revealing the extent of federal surveillance, a reader says.

The Guardian via The Associated Press


Babies have no respite from secondhand smoke

I think we need a new law that puts a large fine and punishment on people who surround babies with secondhand smoke.

We were at the boat ramp in Gray recently, and a young girl (probably a state case) left her car with two small walking kids and a little one on her hip.

She walked across the parking lot to the beach area, all the while letting a cloud of smoke from every puff go right in the baby's face.

When she got to the beach area, she stopped to really puff a lot more, before going in. We were 25 feet away and could smell the smoke go by us.

I called Gray Dispatch, and there isn't a law that protects babies from this, but there are laws that protect adults. Something is terribly wrong here. I am saying there needs to be one.

Also, where do these kids get the money for their butts? Oh, I forgot -- you and me.

Earl Harnden


Tube feeding inmates usurps their right to opt for death

I am not a member of the military, but I am a faith-based person. Having just read about the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, I am disturbed. I do believe prisons are necessary but I am upset about this action of tube feedings being forced upon prisoners who choose to hunger strike.

These are human beings who have or have not gone astray. They have a right to die.

God will decide where they end up after death. It is morally wrong to force feed them. It is their right to choose life or death.

If this is the policy of the U.S. Department of Defense, then we should change it. I strongly disagree with it and believe hunger strikes should be tolerated. A hunger strike affects only the individual. He or she is not a suicide bomber who kills herself as well as others. It affects only the individual!

The prisoners have had all their rights taken away from them. Let them choose between life and death. Let them deal with God.

Susan Peabody Love


Faded striping not a help to those on foot in the city

Summer is here and the asphalt is a-flowing. But where are the white lines that serve pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers?

Portland's major avenues are largely paint free, the crossings scrubbed out by a hard winter. But isn't spring the time to repaint them?

Walk down Forest, Stevens or Washington avenues and one will find only faint archaeological lines. This is a great disservice to kids getting to school and seniors trying to make the crossing.

Life isn't good on the streets of Portland.

Alfred Padula



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