Letters to the Editor
Readers write about animal treatment and food safety, China's ecological threat, elections in Pakistan, superdelegates, Wikileaks, and Blu-ray.
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In response to the Feb. 20 article, "On more US menus: reduce animal cruelty": While I am glad that the government and some corporations are improving standards against animal abuse, it is sad that this had to come about primarily because some of this abuse affects humans.
I am very happy that Safeway and other chains are concerned about the size of chicken cages and pig gestation stalls, but what about the abuse of people who produce all of our cheap goods?
Is it only toys with lead that concern us? As long as there is no negative effect on us, we don't seem to notice.
Economy can't grow exponentially
Regarding your Feb. 22 editorial, "China's carbon dragon": While I do not doubt that China's environmental policy plays a critical role in the future of the world, the misleading scenario of China's growth continuing at the same rate for decades is clearly impossible. It is no more possible for China than it was for Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, or the United States.
Sooner or later, the growth plateaus. In fact, the growth of China's economy is already slowing down, with skyrocketing inflation. The cost of doing business in China is shooting up, with its once seemingly limitless supply of labor running short.
True democracy is secular
Regarding your Feb. 21 editorial, "Pakistan's democracy difference": We in the US must stop being so naive about the nature of democracy. Pakistan has every right to freedom and democracy, but putting a ballot in a box is not a democracy.
Without secular institutions, a population wherein the majority of citizens are educated, and separation of religion and state, there will never be a stable democracy.
Superdelegates' damaging potential
Regarding the Feb. 20 article, "Backlash to superdelegates' role in picking nominee": I think it's important to recognize Barack Obama's strong support among young people, especially among 18- to 30-year-olds, and the fact that this constituency is turning out in record numbers to caucus and vote.