November 29, 2012

Letters to the editor: Readers reflect on events in Mideast

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A Palestinian schoolgirl is seen through a hole in a blackboard Monday, days after an Israeli strike hit a school in Gaza City. Readers differ on how to reach resolution to the Israeli-Arab conflict.

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The column brought to mind a question I have long had. When Henry Kissinger was secretary of state (and later), he was always referred to in news reports as "Dr. Kissinger" -- quite properly, since he holds a doctorate from, I believe, Harvard.

But since then we have had two secretaries of state with doctorates -- Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice -- and now also an ambassador to the United Nations similarly qualified. And in news reports, they are never given their academic titles. Why not?

Peter Bakewell


Help ease winter's impact on our canine companions 

As the weather starts to get colder, now is an excellent time to make sure your four-legged friend is protected from the hazards of winter weather. Please follow these guidelines to ensure Fido is feeling fine this winter:

Keep your dog indoors and protected from the elements whenever possible.

Provide extra food as dogs burn more calories in the cold weather, and make sure the water does not freeze.

Clean off the dog's paws when they come inside to remove dirt, ice and snow, etc.

If you must keep your dog outside for extended periods, provide a sturdy doghouse. Make sure the doghouse is raised off the ground, faces south and has an off-center door with a flap to keep out winter blasts. Use straw bedding, as anything else such as blankets, etc., will retain moisture and freeze. (Some communities and animal protection groups will provide straw for free.)

Have a friend or neighbor check on the animal if possible. Older or ill animals are at greater risk from the cold.

Thank you for keeping everyone's best friend safe and warm this winter!

Don Kimball

cruelty investigator, Peace and Justice for Animals

South Portland 

Former Democrat finds Greens' values to her liking 

A lifelong Democrat, in 2008, having learned of a political ploy, I changed to independent. I valued my status as a "decider."

Now I learn from Voice of the People ("'Spoiler' image clouds view of what Greens have to offer," Oct. 27) that the Green Party favors ecological wisdom, social justice, grass-roots democracy and nonviolence. So do I. I join the Green Party.

Ruth Hassett



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