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Topic - Kenneth L. Zimmerman
Even though the American Medical Association has recently declared obesity as an illness, others are disagreeing with this, saying that obesity is a voluntary lifestyle choice.
The so-called Arab Spring hasn't brought about the intended changes many had hoped for. Instead of democracy, a greater voice and influence for the general populace and improved living conditions, there has often been economic stagnation and fragmentation of political power and sometimes control by political extremists or the military that has resulted in chaos, repression and indecision.
Saudi Arabia may have discovered an ingenious and painless way to deal with its own "trouble with the curve." In an effort to minimize the importance, value and influence of women in Saudi society, Ikea has airbrushed all women out of its Saudi catalog, leaving only men in it ("Ikea deleted women from Saudi version of catalogue," Web, Monday).
The relatively new Olympic rule that allows only two members per team to compete in gymnastics individual finals is both unfair and discriminatory.
The conduct of George Zimmerman's attorneys, two of whom recently resigned, is both appalling and disgraceful ("Zimmerman's lawyers withdraw from shooting case," Web, Tuesday).
I wholeheartedly agree with the verdict and sentence handed down to members of the Shafia family, an Afghan family that moved to Canada in 2007 and killed three of the senior Shafias' daughters and another woman ("Afghan family guilty in honor killings," World, Tuesday).
It is a tragedy that nearly 50 exotic animals were killed in Zanesville, Ohio, Tuesday, including 18 rare Bengal tigers and 17 lions, after a troubled exotic animal farm owner released them before committing suicide ("Owner of exotic animals deep in debt," Web, Thursday).
Some claim that the recent killing of radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and propagandist Samir Khan in Yemen violated international and U.S. law because they were both American citizens ("Obama's illegal assassination?" Comment & Analysis, Tuesday).
I disagree with Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision to protect the rights of protesters at military funerals ("Supreme Court upholds protests at military funerals as free speech," Page 1, Thursday).
The United States seems to be torn between dictatorial leaders in the Middle East who protect U.S. interests, and the legitimate democratic aspirations of the people of those countries who want to emulate the principles of America.
Many states have switched to lethal injection in recent years because it supposedly is the most humane way to execute prisoners. But what if drug companies don't want their drugs used for executions or have stopped making such drugs? This actually has happened recently in the United States, as Hospira has stopped making sodium thiopental and Lundbeck Inc. does not want pentobarbital used for executions.
Your editorial "The playboy terrorist" (Comment & Analysis, Monday) chastises Hollywood for glamorizing violent terrorists. However, far from glamorizing only terrorists, Hollywood seems to glamorize violence in general, be it in the movies or on television, with the Mafia, gangs and serial killers almost appearing to be folk heroes.
South Carolina resident Shaquan Duley joins a long list of women, including Susan Smith, Andrea Yates and Diane Downs, charged with murdering their young children because they thought them too much of a burden, wanted to please their boyfriends or wished to retaliate against a family member ("Mom accused of killing 2 toddlers," Nation, Wednesday).
Although the House Ethics Committee charged New York Democratic Rep. Charles B. Rangel with 13 serious offenses, it is only recommending that he be reprimanded rather than censured or expelled ("Rangel hit with 13 ethics charges," Page 1, Friday).