I think it would be beneficial if everyone, The Star included, would more precisely comment on the proposed sale of the leases at six U.S. ports to Dubai Ports World.
“More review needed” (2/23 editorial) states that President Bush wants to approve a deal “that would leave a state-owned company in a tiny Persian Gulf emirate running six large U.S. seaports.”
Does the editorial writer not know that the Port of New York/New Jersey is “run” by the Port Authority — not by any terminal lessee?
Dubai Ports World will take over the leases of some terminals at the Port of New York/New Jersey. It will not “run” this port, nor the Port of Baltimore, nor the Port of Philadelphia, etc. There are several terminals in most large ports. Dubai Ports World will take its place alongside other lessees, all under the control of the port authorities (as well as the security control of the U.S. Coast Guard and Homeland Security Department).
Why not get the facts straight and do a real public service? One can see by the comments in Voices that this misconception is shared by some Star readers.
James A. Burr
Are we, the United States of America, not smart enough and big enough to operate, maintain, manage and protect our own ports?
This great nation must be the laughingstock of the Arab world. That is an embarrassment.
I suggest that we, the U.S. of A, at once cancel all agreements of any sort regarding our ports and return any monies paid up front by others for use, access, operation, etc.
We should then take charge and put our citizens to doing the work at all levels.
I have voted Republican in every election starting in the first election in the 1940s. But if this administration proceeds with this mess, it may very well destroy the party — just what the opposition at home and abroad wants.
John P. Thiessen