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Opinion

December 2, 2013

A look at what others are saying

The following are excerpts of editorials from other newspapers across New England:

An Atlas V rocket lifted NASA’s Maven spacecraft into the heavens Monday Nov. 18, the start of a mission that should offer the closest look ever at the Red Planet’s atmosphere and perhaps furnish clues as to how global climate systems change over eons.

We couldn’t help but note the price tag for this mission: $671 million. That’s about the same price that was initially placed on the healthcare.gov website set up to help Americans sign up for insurance under Obamacare.

The Maven mission is still in its early stages, as well, but is off to a flying start, unlike the Obamacare website, whose problems have been widely documented.

We’re no fans of Obamacare, but we do hope the website gets fixed so that the program can proceed and Americans can find out whether it will succeed or fail on grounds other than technological glitches.

As for the latest mission to Mars, we’re delighted to see that some government programs do work as designed and that Americans of all political persuasions now have another high-tech science project to keep their eyes on.

— The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester

People want to know what is in their food. It doesn’t necessarily change eating habits, but it provides consumers with the confidence that they know, good or bad, what is going into their bodies.

That’s why the Maine Legislature did the right thing earlier this year by passing a bill sponsored by state Rep. Lance Harvell, R-Farmington, that requires food producers to label products containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, which are used to increase growth rates or resistance to herbicides, among other uses.

Maine and Connecticut are the first two states to pass such laws, so to salve concerns that the cost of labeling would cause companies to pull products from Maine, the law will not go into effect until similar laws are passed in four neighboring states.

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