Iran threatens neighbors and U.S.
To the editor:
Iran is the leading promoter of Islamic terrorism in the world. It actively supports Hezbollah in Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria; and Hamas in Palestine. Iran has infiltrated the Iraqi government and Iraqi military forces. It has extensive military forces in Syria.
Iran threatens the stability of the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, the Gulf States and Israel are concerned with Iran's aggressive moves in Syria and Iraq, and now it has attacked Saudi oil facilities.
Iran attacked oil tankers and continues to approach U.S. Navy ships in international waters in the Persian Gulf with threatening maneuvers. It wants to control the Strait of Hormuz, which is a navigational bottleneck on a major maritime route for oil shipments. The U. S. Navy is committed to keeping the sea lanes open to free trade.
Iran is emboldened and is threatening countries in the Middle East. We have deployed a carrier strike group and B52 bombers to the region along with a few thousand additional troops. We have to increase our offensive missile forces and combat aircraft in the region to support friendly Arab countries' military actions against Iran.
We might have to send defensive troops to Saudi Arabia.
We need term limits
Very disappointing to see the New Hampshire House State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs committees vote against New Hampshire House Concurrent Resolution 6. It's a “resolution applying to congress to propose a congressional term limits constitutional amendment.”
As a New Hampshire veteran, I reached out to the entire committee, and of the 20 members — including my state Rep. Joel Desilets and Londonderry's Al Baldassaro, a long time opponent of term limits. None none responded to me and only 14 showed up to vote, voting against the resolution 12-2.
It just goes to show that even here in New Hampshire, the "Live Free or Die" state, politicians find power addictive. They vote against something like term limits, supported by more than 80% of American voters, even when a constituent reaches out asking them for their support.
Since the vote was taken on almost no notice to the public, I can't imagine the public input on this was significant. It seems to me that the votes reflected the representatives' personal feelings, not those of us constituents that did reach out to them.
Looks like we'll need term limits at the state level before we can achieve them at the federal level.
All politics is indeed local.
We must learn from Hurricane Dorian
Hurricane Dorian was unusually strong, wet, and slow. It was the second-strongest storm ever measured in the Atlantic Ocean.
But in the near future, the destructive power of Dorian will become normal if we keep warming our climate by burning fossil fuels.
As long as the cost of pollution from fossil fuels is free, our market will favor them as they appear to be the cheapest energy option.
Fortunately, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019, which has 60 bipartisan cosponsors in Congress, will fix this energy pricing problem.
It will put a steadily increasing fee on the production of fossil fuels and return all the money collected back to American households equally each month as a dividend. This will shift our entire country's energy market to prefer clean energy, reducing fossil fuel emissions by 40% in 12 years and 90% in 30 years.
The dividend will help the poor and create millions of net jobs in the first 10 years. The bill uses border carbon adjustments on trade with other countries that don't have a similar carbon price to keep U.S. jobs in the country and strongly encourage worldwide carbon pricing.
Please help lessen the damage of future hurricanes by letting your congressional representatives know you support climate action such as the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019. You can find ways to do this by visiting Citizens' Climate Lobby's website and clicking "Take Action."