The lessons of MyanmarRe "As many as 200 Myanmar monks arrested in raids," Sept. 27

I feel there is a lesson for all Americans to be learned by what is happening in Myanmar. That country was stolen from the people by the army. America is also being stolen from the people, but by a dishonest government and big business. If we don't stand up now, we may find ourselves in the same hopeless state.

Don Taylor

Bangkok, Thailand

Nations across the globe are waiting for influential China to make the first move. Why do we wait for trade-interested bureaucrats to take an ethical position when it is grass-roots action that always sets a political agenda and spurs media momentum? How would an Olympic Games boycott sit with China?

Marcus Mantscheff

Nimbin, Australia

Corporate greed and labor abuseRe "A China ban isn't child's play," Opinion, Sept. 25

It's a cop-out to suggest that the problem with products made in China is the fault of a repressive government (China's) or not enough regulation by government (ours), and not even mention that the real problem lies with U.S. corporations that are so focused on profit they've pushed manufacturing prices down enough that even Chinese manufacturers are outsourcing to cheaper factories. I also find it at best naive or at worst disingenuous that the writer spent a year not purchasing anything made in China and yet never gave a thought to the horrific conditions of laborers in China who make many of these products for U.S. corporations. We do our best not to buy products made in China specifically to make a political statement because we don't want to support this type of unfair trade.

Beth Sadler

Scott Hancock

Manhattan Beach

Maybe Sara Bongiorni should go to the church of her choice next Christmas and celebrate the true meaning of the holiday?

Bud Fink


Changing Republican mindsRe "Stick to your guns, Rudy," Opinion, Sept. 25

Rudy Giuliani changes his political position on so many issues, I'm wondering where the Republican flip-flopping attack team is in the Republican primary. From guns to abortion to immigration, it appears that Giuliani has changed his mind on virtually every issue in his quest to be the Republican nominee for president. Republicans should hammer him for being a flip-flopper to kill his chances as they did with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in the last presidential election. That they don't go after one of their own shows that it's OK for a Republican to change his mind but not a Democrat.

Mark Papas

Los Angeles