Letters to the editor, Feb. 28

Feb. 27, 2014 @ 04:32 PM

Obamacare can be undone
In Monday’s Herald-Sun, the Associated Press claims that there is general agreement at the conference of governors that obamacare is "here to stay" [“Governors: Obamacare here to stay,” page A6]. At that same conference, obamacare is also cited to be "unaffordable and unsustainable."
It will definitely be "here to stay" if our elected representatives allow it to continue. Their failure to represent their voters on this widely unwanted issue is a major reason so many representatives are in dire jeopardy for the coming election, and why many incumbent Republicans are facing primary challengers. Our nation has done much harder things before, and we can rid ourselves of this burden also, but only if our representatives fear the voters sufficiently to actually represent the voting public for a change.
Laura Gutman
Durham


Destroy nuclear weapons
This letter is in response to recent articles in the Herald-Sun about alleged cheating by nuclear missile officers. The latest article was titled, "Nuke test scores fell flat during alleged cheating" [page C1, Feb. 23].
There can be no question that cheating by officers is a grave concern. Yet, of much greater concern is the possession and possible future use of thermonuclear weapons by the world's great superpowers. Back in 1968, 188 countries around the globe signed a nuclear non-proliferation treaty, signaling their intention to dedicate themselves to nuclear nonproliferation, disarmament, and the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Now is the time for the world's superpowers to follow the judgment of the rest of the world and, by adhering to the goals of that treaty, to abolish and destroy their nuclear weapons. 
Nuclear weapons are very expensive to build and dangerous to maintain. It has been estimated that to rebuild our nuclear weapons arsenal would cost our nations taxpayers $85 billion. Our experience with military estimates is that the final cost might actually reach three times as much.  Wouldn't it be wiser to spend these truly huge sums on rebuilding America's infrastructure and on creating American jobs?

Kurt Becker
Durham