RESPONSE TO SYRIA
Are we certain? What doctrine drives this?
I know Obama and Co. decided to skip due process and immediately place all blame for the Ghouta attack on Bashar Assad, but what if they’re wrong? What if Assad isn’t actually suicidal enough to do the one thing that had been publicly announced as a guaranteed invitation to his very own cruise-missile surprise party? What if, say, a jihadist from Libya somehow got his hands on an old Soviet chem-shell and brought it with him to Syria?
If any of this were true, then any missiles we were to launch, or any lives we were to take, would be in support of whoever truly is responsible for gassing hundreds of innocent civilians. And if we’re on the same side as the bad guys, doesn’t that make us the bad guys?
JOHN LINDWALL, Minneapolis
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The war hawk in the White House, with a Nobel Peace Prize to prove it, sent his bomb salesman out to pedal war on Syria. The last regime was bad enough, but this gang is Bush on steroids. Just as that progressive snob Charlie Gibson asked Sarah Palin in 2008 — “What is the Bush doctrine?” — I ask my lightweight senators from Minnesota: “What is the Obama doctrine?” … Crickets.
MICHAEL JAMES STRATTON, Minneapolis
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The economic boost fuels a community
An Aug. 26 letter doubting the number of jobs created by Enbridge Energy’s proposed pipeline illustrated the ignorance of so many people opposed to projects like this.
In 2009, Enbridge brought a pipeline through the Grand Rapids, Minn., area, and the economic benefits reached far beyond just the wages of the thousands of pipeline workers. These people needed housing, food, entertainment, car repairs, etc. The resulting boost to our local economy was by all estimates millions of dollars. Virtually every business was affected.
I know many liberals do not believe in trickle-down economics, but this was it in its purest form. Our hotels, motels and resorts were full during a time of year that is typically slow. Our restaurants and bars experienced near-record offseason revenues. Auto-repair businesses had record years. The same for gas stations, retail outlets and hardware stores.
All of this translated into more jobs and the influx of millions of dollars into an economy that is primarily tourism-based and seasonal in nature. I’m certain that the overwhelming majority of businesses of Itasca County would welcome the pipeline back with open arms.
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