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Your Views for Sept. 17

GMOs can be good

Biotechnology and genetically modified organisms will give humans access to a vast range of new power and ability. The improvements to existing technology that these fields can provide are also quite extensive, such as a bacteria designed to break down harmful industrial waste into nontoxic materials, where most factory byproducts would be stored in a warehouse or buried underground.

When dealing with genetic modification of flora, dangerous and obvious issues are encountered, as pollen and seeds have the tendency to travel long distances with ease. This makes containment difficult, though far from impossible, and underground or underwater there are even less problems with quarantine.

Animals have proven to be difficult captives as well — like the Africanized bees in south America — but are still easier to control. With spores there is even less to worry about, as they need a very wet environment to grow.

Therefore, it is necessary to conclude this with a reminder some of the greatest inventions were initially unstable, made stable only by further study.

Nitroglycerine was made stable with wood pulp and became a popular mining tool, nuclear reactors are cooled to prevent meltdown, etc. The benefits received from exploring this new science will be worthwhile and the risks non-existent if prudence is exercised in the form of safety and security. Above all else, great measures must be taken to prevent profit from dictating laws regarding safety.

Galen Larson


Stay out of Syria

I am writing to completely denounce all American military action and intervention in the nation of Syria. It is imperative that the U.S. government stay out of Syrian affairs. I implore our government to take a strong stance against military involvement in Syria in any form.

This is an issue that deserves a rigorous and transparent debate about its ends and its means. The last decade of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan demonstrated what comes of war waged with poor planning. The lesson in Syria as in Iraq and Afghanistan is that civil wars need to be fought internally and that political reconciliation has to come from within, not from outside. This cannot be caused by outside influences such as the United States. The situation in Syria is not fight for freedom or democracy; there is no democracy movement in Syria. There is absolutely no unifying vision for democratic freedom within this nation. The situation in Syria is nothing more than a fight for control by two sectarian factions. The conflict in Syria is between a cruel dictator and an opposition who’s best fighters are represented by al-Qaida and other extremists. There are no good military options for the U.S. military.

The American people and myself are sick and tired of war. For the third time in decade the U.S. is attempting to enter into a national civil war, essentially alone.

Eric Hansen



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