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December 22, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 22, 2012

Trans-Pacific Partnership

TO THE EDITOR: Right now, U.S. negotiators are working behind closed doors in Auckland, New Zealand, on a massive agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would offshore millions of American jobs and flood us with unsafe imported food.

Partnership boosters are trying to sell it as a trade agreement that could expand U.S. exports, but recent leaks reveal that actually most of its 29 chapters have little to do with trade and rather would impose limits on government health, safety, labor and environmental standards while granting new rights and powers to large corporations.

Beyond offshoring more jobs, the Trans-Pacific Partnership would open the United States up to attack by foreign corporations demanding our hard-earned tax dollars simply because we pass a law protecting our environment or setting food-safety standards that hurt their bottom line.

Corporate interests have special access to the negotiations, while Congress and the public are locked out.

KARIN O’CONNELL

Merrill

 

Holiday tradition

TO THE EDITOR: Recently, the Morrisonville Elementary School community gathered for one of the school’s greatest traditions: Holiday Reading Night.

It was a night filled with families coming together to celebrate a wondrous time of year.

Thanks to these teachers and staff for going above and beyond to make this year’s event extraordinary: Keith Parotte, for bringing holiday stories to the big screen; Heidi Glover for sound system and music; Tracie McCarthy, for her work with the “K” kids in Bear Stays Up; Tara Chase and Cathy Defayette, for their acting and reading roles; MaryJean Brennen, Amanda & Ryan LaTulip, Dina Casey, and Amber Liberty, for their roles in ‘Bear Stays Up;” Kathy Moore for reading “Queen of Christmas;” and school intern Maura Danehey, for helping with our book giveaway.

A very special thank you to teacher Jenny Damiani, who co-chaired the event, spent hours planning, worked with “K” kids and helped breathe life into “Bear Stays Up.”

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