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Opinion

April 4, 2013

Letters to the editor

We shouldn’t broadcast our secrets

To the editor:

On March 27, the ABC nightly news broadcast information concerning the new head of the CIA clandestine unit.

ABC gave the gender of the person, age range and a city where the person served overseas. Although this information can be acquired by foreign intelligence agencies, we should not be helping them identify our intelligence personnel.

During World War II we safeguarded information which could have benefited the enemy and jeopardized the well-being of our military and civilian government personnel. We operated on a “need to know basis.” A phrase describing the secretiveness of information was “loose lips sink ships.”

Since World War II, the media has had increasing access to our military planning and operations in the cause of transparency and in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act, and government agencies have been too willing to provide information to reporters and others. The media does not seem able or inclined to refrain from disclosing sensitive information which could hurt this country. It seems all they care about is the “scoop.”

Our federal government agencies and the media have to do a better job of not disclosing information which could place people and operations in harm’s way.

Donald A. Moskowitz

Londonderry

Players provide an entertaining evening

To the editor:

Thank you, once again, Pinkerton Players, for an outstanding performance! This year’s play, “Once Upon a Mattress” was so very entertaining. The singing, dancing and acting entertained us so much. The orchestra, as always was wonderfully professional, and the stage hands did an outstanding job as well.

Please know how much your audiences appreciate your dedication and hard work! I never miss a performance — always a class act!

Eunie Guyre

Derry

Limiting carbon emissions pays off

To the editor:

For over five years now, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) has demonstrated that a market-based approach to limiting lower carbon dioxide emissions in the electricity generating sector can make significant environmental progress while benefiting our economy. In fact, an independent report by the Analysis Group found that the investment of RGGI proceeds from the first three years puts $1.1 billion in electricity bill savings back into the pockets of consumers in the RGGI region and keeps $765 million in the local economy due to reduced fossil fuel demand.

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