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Readers write about separatist provinces, presidential leadership, the Equal Rights Amendment, and cellphones on airplanes.

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Separatist tensions resolved through openness, respect

Regarding the Aug. 28 article, "Russia's case on Georgia territories: Like Kosovo or not?" At present, there are both Georgian and Russian friends and family in my home. So I found this article very enlightening in discussing Russia's turnaround in supporting demands of South Ossetia and Abkhazia after its opposition to the independence of Kosovo.

Emotions run high in these politically sensitive areas.

The British can look back over five centuries to see how the Welsh, Scots, and Irish were often brutally subdued by the force of English armies, and can be so grateful that changing attitudes over the years have brought much healing so that relationships are now mostly based on reason and discussion.

Unity and brotherhood are potent forces, providing the rights of individual freedom are progressively implemented.

David Barker
Barnstaple, England

The presidential role has evolved

Regarding Gene Healy's Aug. 28 Opinion piece, "A president, not a savior": There are many things the Founding Fathers of this country intended: most obviously, liberty, freedom, and equality for all men. Interestingly enough, they did not include women or slaves of either gender, only men.

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