August 6, 2013

Letters to the editor: Non-lethal policy favors the bears

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There has to be a lot of incentive coming his way. Israel uses such talks to expand settlements in occupied territories so the two-state solution dwindles in likelihood while consistently refusing equal rights to the Palestinian majority under its jurisdiction. 

So what's Abbas' motivation if not financial and coming from Israel? They're hiring him to give them nine more months (the announced term of the talks) to build settlements, but how is that arrangement structured? 

If they put the money in his hands now, he might clutch at his tattered dignity and revolt, and anyway, if this money were discovered in a bank somewhere, the world wouldn't allow this charade to continue. 

But if the money remains in Israel's hands, what's Abbas' guarantee he'll get paid? Maybe brave England will hold the escrow funds for the period this issue is in doubt -- maybe years.

Let me propose another solution in this game where Israel holds all the trumps. Let it pull together the people it thinks represents Palestinian opinion and sit them down with its own opinion leaders and have a talk. It would probably find the Palestinian voices in its jails. A couple might have to be coaxed back from elsewhere (though the dead cannot be resurrected).

And let those talks be in public. Let Israel satisfy itself that a good talk took place. The world will go along. Such things speak for themselves. See if that isn't the way out of this mess.

Christopher Rushlau

Nemitz's biases showing in column about pro-lifers

It's too bad that Bill Nemitz's view of human motives is tainted by his own prejudices ("'A Christian does not need therapy,'" Aug. 2). 

The pro-lifers who protest do so for a concern for unborn life and not out of guilt. 

David Ryder

Bottom line in deciding hospital's fate is people

We should all be less concerned with the "sustaining" of St. Andrews Hospital by a large company than with the "sustaining" of the people ("Boothbay region 'full of fear' as hospital closing looms," July 28). 

I must assume that the businesspersons in this situation look at the bottom line rather than at the people whose health is endangered by such a closure. No matter what very efficient ambulance service might be invented, the older population and the many seasonal guests are going to be further from help. 

The Hippocratic Oath requires dedicated medical people to "do no harm." 

Maybe some larger hospitals in the system will have to help to maintain the others! Isn't that the way we do things in a society? 

Dave Shaub
former resident of Boothbay Harbor


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