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Obama’s decision to allow Shell to drill in the Arctic is ‘indefensible’

To The Daily Sun,

Now betrayer-of-the-environment President Obama has given Shell permission to drill for oil in the Arctic. Here's what Greenpeace released: "It's an indefensible decision," said Greenpeace Arctic campaigner Ian Duff. "The Arctic is melting rapidly because of climate change. But instead of seeing it as a warning, Shell sees profit. It wants to drill for more of the stuff that caused the melting in the first place. And all the evidence shows Shell can't drill safely in the Arctic. The extreme conditions means it's when, not if, a spill will happen."

Put blame on Obama, basketball-court guy, manicured-golf-course guy. Sell-out guy.

It ties in, too, with opening our treasure, Atlantic coast and waters to the oil industry. That's coming next. From Florida to Delaware we will see tragic oil pollution. In whale nurseries, in sea turtle habitat. Where people earn their livings with fisheries and tourism. President Obama is owned by business.

Related: April 29 is the deadline for you Sierra Club members to send in your ballots for our national board of directors. I'm voting for: Steve Ma, Joseph Manning, Allison Chin, Cliff Cockerham, Lawson Legate. I used e-mail and phone calls to discuss ocean oil-drilling with them. They are for keeping carbon-based fuels in the ground. This new permission given to Shell will appall them, activists that they are. I have more confidence in voting for Sierra Club board than in voting for politicians and presidents, that sham voting we get.

Lynn Rudmin Chong

Sanbornton

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RFRA outrage is a partisan attack on a successful GOP governor

To The Daily Sun,

On his show last Sunday, George Stephanopoulos tried to deceive the American people into believing that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) supports homophobia, bigotry, and discrimination against gays. If that were true, then obviously only homophobic, bigoted people who support discrimination against gays would vote for such a law.

Apparently President Obama who voted for Illinois' RFRA is a homophobic bigot who believes it's okay to discriminate against gays.

Apparently Senators Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kennedy (D-Mass.), 95 other Senators, all the Congressmen in 1993, and President Clinton (advised by George Stephanopoulos) are homophobic bigots who believe it's okay to discriminate against gays.

Apparently Connecticut, Illinois, 18 other states and our federal government are also homophobic, bigoted, and okay discrimination against gays, all have RFRA laws.

The first Religious Freedom Restoration Act was sponsored by Senators Kennedy and (Congressman at the time) Schumer in response to the Supreme Court decision in Employment Division v. Smith (1990), which President Clinton and nearly every senator and congressman agreed infringed on Americans' religious rights

Twenty-two years of experience with the federal and many years of experience with the 19 state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts show no support for homophobia, bigotry, or support of discrimination against gays. Nevertheless Stephanopoulos "discovered" homophobia, bigotry, and approval of discrimination against gays with the passage of the twentieth state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

What was actually on display on Stephanopoulos's fake news show last Sunday was simply a blatant partisan attack on Mike Pence, who is a successful Republican governor considered a possible presidential candidate.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, which have been upheld in the courts as constitutional, says nothing about and has nothing to do with gays. As President Clinton said, its purpose is "to protect perhaps the most precious of all American liberties, religious freedom."

Stephanopoulos's partisan attack on Mike Pence was shameful. Unfortunately Stephanopoulos's attack is just one example of the more sinister radical leftists' widespread attacks on the religious freedoms of the American people.

Don Ewing

Meredith

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