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Letters to the Editor

Readers write about national healthcare, forgiving debt, aid workers in Ethiopia, and UN sanctions against Iran.

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A proposed law in Congress, the Jubilee Act for Responsible Lending and Expanded Debt Cancellation would go a long way in improving the lives of billions.

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Lynn Biddle
Cambridge, Mass.

Speak out in Ethiopia

Regarding the Feb. 26 article, "In Ethiopia, does staying silent save lives?": The article is very credible. This is the plight of aid workers in many locations: to speak out about rebel atrocities risks reprisals from the rebels and having access denied by gunmen in the bush. Unfortunately, the government may not be any more civilized.

I can well imagine the situation as described by the author; I served in Jijiga during 2004-05 as an aid worker. We didn't speak out against the rebels – although there was little need to do so – so we could go into Ogaden National Liberation Front territory where government vehicles couldn't and we were able to save lives. Now, it seems that aid workers must not speak out about government actions – and there may be a great need to do so.

Lynn Austin
Campbell, Calif.

Allow Iran to develop nuclear technology

Regarding the March 3 article, "UN Security Council passes more sanctions against Iran": Using the logic of the UN, all countries with nuclear weapons should be sanctioned, because these countries pose a threat to peace in the world. But the heavily Western-influenced UN simply sees possession of nuclear weapons in the United States and Europe as a good thing and nuclear weapons in countries that chafe under Western control, like Iran, as a bad thing.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad looks west and sees his neighbor conquered by America and the enemy closer to his country's borders. To protect the integrity of his country and the Middle East, Mr. Ahmadinejad must be able to defend against another country that may attack Iran with nuclear weapons.

It is not just for decoration the Iranian currency has a nuclear symbol on it; this symbol says that Iran is not a bull's eye target for the United States.

Mark Tackett
Anaheim, Calif.

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