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Letters to the Editor – Weekly Issue of October 11, 2010

Readers write in about mine safety, Secretary Clinton, and job creation in the US.

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Improved mine safety a must

The Sept. 27 photo essay, "Children toil in India's coal mines," shows the dark reality of how unregulated extractive industries often take away much more than just coal or other minerals. They also are taking away the health and safety of these young children, no doubt shortening their lives beyond measure.

While the United States might be ahead in child-labor matters, we may not be as far ahead in mine-safety matters.

Five months after the worst US coal-mining disaster in 40 years, the US Mine Safety and Health Administration issued emergency regulations to mitigate the explosiveness of coal dust in America's mines.

As this country awakens to the urgency of increasing mine safety, we should challenge India and other nations to move forward with more humane practices as well. Any initiatives in this direction should receive our enthusiastic support.



Republican praise for Clinton


"The Clinton touch" in the Sept. 27 issue makes one think of President George Washington's motto, "Deeds, not Words." In this regard, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers impressively. Secretary Clinton's job performance "deeds" have not only altered my Republican view, but leave me wondering if she would consider switching to the GOP. (We are in dire need of strong female leaders of the type she embodies.)


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