Thanks for support of tougher standards
To the Editor:
The American Lung Association thanks New Hampshire’s Attorney General Joseph A. Foster for signing a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency in support of the proposed Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards which will make air healthier and save Granite Staters lives.
Motor vehicles are a major source of air pollution, causing premature death, worsening asthma and other lung diseases and increasing the risk of cardiovascular harm. It is estimated that this proposal, which EPA estimates could prevent up to 2,500 premature deaths annually, will cost less than a penny per gallon.
The new standards will clean up cars, trucks and SUVs by reducing the amount of sulfur in gasoline and setting stronger tailpipe pollution limits for new cars and trucks. These standards will additionally clean up all existing vehicles and enable us all to breathe cleaner air.
Jeff Seyler, President & CEO
American Lung Association of the Northeast
Can Republicans really run a business?
To the Editor:
For years, a major Republican campaign strategy has been a claim that if elected they can balance the budget, protect the country and make everything from the railroads to rickshaws run better. In other words, we are competent business people and will run the government like a business.
We know how successful businesses operate and there are concrete examples. Congressional Republican actions and ideas are not consistent with successful business practices. Claiming a competence and then violating its principles is dishonest, bizarre behavior.
Corporations spend huge amounts of money on employee education, training and health care. They consider this money necessary to help employees stay healthy and work smarter which improves innovation, productivity and profits.
In their company, our country, Republicans want to cut education funding, increase the cost of student loans, eliminate job training dollars and repeal healthcare reform. Investing in people is seen as unnecessary and an expense to be cut.
Corporations invest millions in upgrading plant and equipment to improve efficiency/effectiveness and gain a competitive advantage. They understand that growth and performance improvement requires investment.
Republicans refuse to pass an infrastructure bill, provide funding for a smart grid, spend money on research or any investments for future economic growth. Supporting business development is a great slogan but so far just a slogan.
Smart businessmen constantly review their real estate holdings, car/truck/jet fleet utilization, and vendor performance. There are no sacred cows in business, if assets are not needed or underutilized they are sold or written off. Poorly performing vendors are dropped. Management attention to expenses due to redundancy or underutilization is an intense, measured and continuous process.
Republicans would do better to focus on making government work better for their business base, and the country, instead of trying to destroy government for their extreme tea party base. Their current operating plan is no way to run a business or a country unless you don’t want it to run at all.
Zimmerman case is sad on so many levels
To the Editor:
The Zimmerman-Martin incident and aftermath is sad on many levels. Martin is dead. Facing death threats, Zimmerman lives in hiding. Both families are devastated. People “getting justice for Trayvon” create other victims. The media demonstrated its corruption. Political pressure forced an indictment when one may not have been warranted, raising questions whether any of us can be assured of getting fair treatment by the law. The usual race-baiters did their best with the help of the media and President Obama to roll back our progress to a colorblind society.
People make claims without any evidence. A recent headline declares, “Would Zimmerman have picked a fight if he hadn’t been armed?” There is no evidence that Zimmerman either confronted or started any physical interaction with Martin. Others say Martin would be alive if he were white, yet who considers race, or anything besides survival, when someone who is killing us? The prosecution, the defense, and FBI investigators indicated that race was not a factor. If you spent many lonely hours trying to protect your neighbors from further harm, would the race of a suspiciously acting person change your actions? No.
Others say the shooting wouldn’t have happened if Zimmerman had acted differently (although he acted legally). But it wouldn’t have happened if Martin had just continued home, if Martin hadn’t been expelled from school, or maybe if Martin hadn’t been taking behavior altering substances.
The police felt there was inadequate evidence to charge Zimmerman with a crime. The jury apparently agreed, even though they were denied much evidence about Martin’s character including that he had been discovered with burglar tools and stolen property.
Why did the media sensationalize this incident? Why alter Zimmerman’s 911 calls? Why suppress exculpatory evidence and publish misleading photos and information about Zimmerman and Martin? Why use the term “white Hispanic” for Zimmerman who is half-white, just like President Obama?
Was the media just trying to create a story? To fan racial hatred? To distract minorities from how much they are suffering under President Obama’s policies? To distract the public from Obama’s scandals?
Do Obama and Holder have so much contempt for our justice system and the American people (police, prosecutors, judges, jurors, etc.) that they feel entitled to determine the outcome of this (or any) incident? Or, did they too welcome a distraction from Obama’s failures and scandals?
As sad as this incident is for the Martins and Zimmermans, it is equally as sad for our country. This incident reveals the total corruption of our media, the Obama administration’s inappropriate influence on our justice system and their willingness to stoke racial strife for political gain.