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October 01, 2009

U.S. firms must stop doing business with Iran



To the editor:

Iran's illicit nuclear weapons program presents a grave threat to the United States, our allies and to global stability. Already weakened by U.S. and European Union sanctions, the combined effects of the financial crisis and lower oil prices will help debilitate Iran's quest for a nuclear weapon.

One organization, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), has recently launched the Iran Business Registry (unitedagainstnucleariran.com/ibr), which exposes corporations that continue to conduct business with Iran. I am very concerned that these companies are undermining the work of the international community by allowing the brutal Iranian regime to divert billions of dollars to an illegal and dangerous nuclear program. Short-term economic profits cannot be a justification to circumvent international sanctions designed to thwart Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

It is important that we raise awareness of this issue. We, as Americans, must stop doing business with those firms that are underwriting the Iranian economy and, ultimately, the Iranian nuclear program.

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Robert Stone II
Mercersburg, Pa.




What we eat adds to our health problems



To the editor:

I'm concerned and wish our Food and Drug Administration would do something about what is going into our nation's food.

Have you read a food label lately? So many milligrams of sodium, three times the amount a person should get in one day. Hydrogenated oils and trans fats that can clog your arteries. High fructose corn syrup three time the amount to give you a sugar rush for a whole week.

Have you tried sweet tea? That should be called sugar tea. You hardly taste any tea. When you order a sandwich, they put so much sauce on it, you feel like they're sandwiching two bricks together with cement.

No wonder our nation's people have so many health problems.

I do like how some places list the nutritional information on their meals and wish more would do that.

When I go out, I ask for a sandwich without sauce, no salt on fries, make sure the food is not greasy, order unsweetened tea and avoid sodas.

Our nation needs to look at this matter because this problem is happening with today's Americans whose health issues and nutritional habits are important, as well as our future Americans needs.

We need to start concentrating on a healthy society and not promoting bigger, salty, sweeter food products because in the long run, it's not a wise choice.

Helen Willis
Hagerstown

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