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Friday, Nov. 9, 2012: Israel, Zumba tests and staying healthy


Zumba Rama

Let’s keep it simple: The clients of the Kennebunk Zumba teacher must be allowed their day in court. The proof of their legitimate business with the teacher should be, not that she loved them, but that they learned to Zumba.

A simple five to 10 minute demonstration by each of them should be sufficient to settle the question.

Michael Grunko

Chebeague Island

A step toward peace

Douglas Kazdoy was wrong when he said, in an OpEd ( BDN, 9/22): “We do not invoke journalistic standards or morality differently between nationalities and religions,” regarding Middle East reporting. News organizations and politicians learned long ago to positively spin news about Israel or risk losing money and votes.

In 2002, the Atlantic Monthly mysteriously cancelled a piece that was nearly ready for publication. It didn’t see the light of day until 2007, as a book called The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. In 2003, demonstrators in 33 cities, and some U.S. Congressmen, pressured National Public Radio to make its Palestinian coverage more pro-Israel; after a Boston station lost more than $1 million in contributions, NPR started towing the line and still does.

I gave the Middle East little thought before the Bush neocons’ (actually Zionists’) full-court press, to “regime-change” Israel’s enemies, began to cost too much in lives, money and American moral standing. But when I wrote letters to protest the Israel lobby’s out-sized influence, I learned that anyone daring to criticize Israel risks being called an anti-Semite.

American news organizations routinely censor the news about Israel’s apartheid actions (often by simple omission), while we’re fed non-stop hyperbole about Muslims. Maybe if we focus on Muslims, the military industrial complex can keep growing, as our consciences shrink. And maybe we won’t think so much about Israel’s refusal to do the right thing by the Palestinians, which could be a giant step toward world peace.

Melodie Greene


Support programs

I am extremely fortunate to be a graduate of the Lifestyle Choices program at Parkview Adventist Medical Hospital. It is a very unique and special program taught in a positive, encouraging, honest, kind and compassionate manner by excellent doctors and staff. The doctors and staff at Parkview also speak at public events to further spread the word about how to achieve better health.

In a country where illness and disease is widespread and medical costs have skyrocketed, there is a critical need for programs like the ones at Parkview. Their philosophy and programs teach people how to move towards the best health they can achieve which not only makes people feel better, but also happens to be cheaper. Better health and less risk for disease results in fewer surgeries and medications now and in the future.

I have met people who have had great success with their health using the principles taught in Lifestyle Choices. I encourage anyone who has diabetes, pre-diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a weight problem or any other health problem to sign up for Lifestyle Choices. The program will teach you how to move towards the best health you can achieve. If you don’t have any health problems that you are aware of, and want to have the lowest possible risk for disease, Lifestyle Choices will help you do that. Class participants will obtain valuable knowledge that they will not get anywhere else in the area.

I encourage everyone to support Parkview Hospital’s excellent programs.

Stacie Buccina


Why LIVESTRONG matters

Fifteen years ago LIVESTRONG began. Since then, the foundation has raised nearly $500 million to serve people affected by cancer, and 2.5 million people have benefited from the foundation’s resources and services. The LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center provides a range of free services for anyone affected by cancer.

My involvement with LIVESTRONG began in the spring of 2004 with the purchase of a yellow wristband, just months after my last round of chemotherapy. I believe in the “obligation of the cured,” the idea that those of us fortunate enough to survive our cancer should help others do the same.

LIVESTRONG has provided many opportunities for my obligation, including attending lobby days in Washington, urging our elected officials to invest in cancer research, prevention programs, and making cancer the national priority we deserve.

Recently the LIVESTRONG Challenge in Austin raised $1.7 million, and the 4,300 participants made it the largest cycling event in city history. Riding across the rolling hills of Texas, I often pulled up alongside other cancer survivors to congratulate them. I heard story after story of how LIVESTRONG helped them with treatment concerns, insurance issues, fertility options or emotional support.

Through LIVESTRONG, cancer has become a national and global priority transforming the way people talk and think about this disease. It is no longer the goal of someone diagnosed with cancer to just live. I’ve worn my yellow wristband every minute since that day in 2004, and I don’t intend taking it off anytime soon.

Jeff Bennett


Mad, mad world

EJ Chandler states in a letter on Oct. 15 that there is no evidence that Iran is trying to build a bomb. As a point in fact, a preemptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities is indeed self-defense given the many speeches from Iranian leaders declaring that they will wipe Israel from the face of the earth as soon as they are able.

In the days of the Cold War, the U.S. and Russia were both aware that triggering a nuclear war would be suicide and neither went there. The doctrine was called MAD, for Mutual Assured Destruction. But the Iranian leaders do not adhere to MAD. In fact, they embrace MAD. They would then become martyrs and their actions would bring forth the “Global Caliphate” they have been pursuing from their inception.

The most ludicrous statement in Chandler’s letter is that Iran is concerned that Palestinians would be among the dead. The Iranian leaders are not concerned about who else beside the Israelis that would be destroyed. In fact, they would think they had done the Palestinians a favor by allowing them to become martyrs alongside themselves.

Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, is neither ignorant nor obsessed. He is a man trying to bring awareness of a pending “Holocaust of all Holocausts” to a so far non-hearing world.

Jim Miller


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