To the editor:

Today while looking for something in my car, I found The Sun Chronicle dated Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. It was still in its plastic bag.

I started reading it and on the second page found this article: “Refugee surge raising concerns.” It said the following: “When Islamic State extremists lost control of a key crossroads town in northern Syria in June, some militants shed their jihadi garb and blended in with the flood of Syrians fleeing across the Turkish border.”

Some Europeans opposed taking in the refugees because they feared that terrorists were in the midst of the refugees. To me, the interesting part of the article was that, “Intelligence officials in France and Germany expressed skepticism, saying they have no specific evidence.”

In hindsight, maybe closer attention should have been paid to the refugees. Five months after this flood of Syrians fled across the Turkish border, look what happened in Paris. That’s a perfect amount of time to get weapons and plan an attack like that. It’s a tough line to walk between using fear to keep people out and keeping a country safe from attacks like what happened in Paris.

Donna Burns


Support measure to protect farm animals

To the editor:

Our society has been educated over the past few years to the horrible, routine abuse of animals inflicted by large meat and egg companies. Most people now realize that protecting chickens, pigs and cows from needless cruelty is just as important as protecting dogs and cats.

That’s why I support the Act to Prevent Cruelty to Farm Animals, a ballot measure which would require meat and egg producers to simply give animals enough space to turn around and extend their limbs. This is currently denied to millions of animals locked in factory farm cages.

It’s also why I’m opposed to a bill that’s in front of the Massachusetts Legislature. H. 713 creates a board to make decisions on animal welfare, but if one reads the bill closely, it’s clear the board would be stacked with agribusiness insiders who undoubtedly would block any true reforms. This bill is meant to undercut support for the ballot measure by giving the illusion that the issue is being dealt with. I hope you will join me in telling our elected officials that you expect them to oppose H. 713 and instead support the ballot measure.

Linda Karaberis


A real head case

To the editor:

Regarding the Nov. 14 article, “Woman allowed to wear colander on ID.” A Lowell woman was recently permitted to wear a spaghetti strainer for a Massachusetts driver’s license photo, citing her beliefs in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Registry regulations do not allow head coverings or hats on license photos. However, exceptions are made for religious reasons.

Question for the Registry: My religious belief is in God and country. Am I permitted to have my driver’s license photo taken with my Vietnam veterans hat on? God help us. Watch out, this lady is driving on our roadways.

James Dinsel


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