September 5 Letters to the Editor

Posted Sept. 04, 2008, at 11:21 p.m.

No friend to women

Does John McCain truly believe that because he has picked a woman for his running mate, the women in America will now vote for him?

This woman won’t. John McCain has voted against women’s issues more than 100 times. Just recently he voted against the bill that would have given women equal pay for equal work. He also voted 18 times against raising the minimum wage.

Regarding women’s right to choose, John McCain has said that he will make sure Roe v. Wade is reversed, and his running mate has said that not only is she against a woman’s right to choose, but is even against it in cases of rape or incest.

Women of America need to prevent John McCain from becoming president. If you haven’t registered to vote, then get registered. If you are already registered, then make sure your friends are registered. If you are disabled like me, you can ask your town to send you an absentee ballot. This election is too important.

Neva A. Allen

Belfast

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No four-day week

About proposals of a four day school week: I believe to educate students in any subject takes consistent learning and practice. The more days in a weekly schedule would promote that. I am concerned about the education of our students very deeply, for my wife and I have four children who are students in K-12 schools here in eastern Maine.

I am deeply involved with the education of my children. Not only through the school system but also the Little League baseball program where we promote loyalty, character and courage, along with the fundamentals of baseball. In baseball, the more you practice, the more competitive you become. Getting a good education is not much different. The students need to practice their lessons almost daily to learn them, and they need to have the ability to do so.

A lot of people wonder how to connect with students these days — to get them to have a good education. The answer is simple: Invite and get the participation of parents through consistent and practiced participation in school activities. Bring new activities on board to help parents fit in through their specialties — from doctors to ditch diggers. Every one of us has something to offer. Most of the educators I’ve met are glad to help.

Pease do not try to make a four day school week, or legislators will have a fight on their hands. This is a threat to education, and will bring other problems to working families — imaginable and unforeseeable reactions.

Carter A. Jones

Aurora

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Obama can’t criticize

We first learned about Barack Obama’s disdain for small-town people in rural states when he described us to a group of wealthy supporters as “bitter” people who “cling to guns and religion” and have “antipathy towards those who are different.”

Now the Obama campaign has once again demonstrated this arrogant elitism by criticizing Sarah Palin for being a former mayor from a town of 9,000.

Does someone from the Obama camp want to enlighten us as to all the experience Obama has gained in his half-a-term in the Senate? And his years as a community organizer — whatever that is?

What really counts in picking the members of the Untied States of America’s executive branch is executive experience — something Sarah Palin has in spades. She’s run a town and a state — and has done a heck of a job reforming government and cleaning up corruption, especially in her own party.

Obama hasn’t run so much as a lemonade stand.

Maxwell G. Coolidge

Searsport

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McCain’s record

John McCain has accused his opponent, Barack Obama, of having poor judgment and claims he, not Obama, has the necessary experience.

In 2003 McCain was a major cheerleader for the Iraq invasion, insisting there was a connection between 9-11 and Iraq. There wasn’t. He claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. It didn’t. After the anthrax attacks, he suggested they might have come from Iraq. They hadn’t. More recently he claimed a connection between Iran and Al-Qaeda. There isn’t any. Then he referred to “Czechoslovakia,” a nation that hasn’t existed for 15 years. Then he referred to the “Iraq-Afghanistan border,” which does not exist — the two countries do not touch.

So much for McCain’s “experience.”

Once again the Republicans are hoping and praying the American electorate is as ignorant as their candidate. Hope this time they’re wrong.

Lynn H. Parsons

Castine

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Was McCain thinking?

What was Sen. McCain thinking?

Instead of putting his country first by choosing a vice-presidential candidate well-qualified to take command in time of national crisis, he chose to pull a cheap political stunt to steal one news cycle. He’s offered up an unknown quantity. Sarah Palin’s best claim to foreign policy experience is a year and a half’s experience as governor of a state in close proximity to Russia.

After acknowledging his own weakness on economic issues, McCain offered voters the governor of a state awash in petro-dollars and federal subsidies.

Hillary Clinton’s supporters are disappointed — not delusional. Instead of giving serious attention to the issues women care about, McCain panders to women voters by offering an inexperienced female candidate who has demonstrated few of the leadership qualities that earned Sen. Clinton her devoted following. Did he really think these voters will be so easily fooled?

Did Karl Rove and other political advisors — or Rush Limbaugh — make this decision? Or did McCain, as news reports suggest, make this choice after a single meeting with Palin the day before the announcement? Did the groundswell coming out of Obama’s acceptance speech a few hours later play into this reckless decision?

Should we elect another president whose judgment is so easily swayed by political calculations?

Bethany Reynolds

Ellsworth

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Puzzled at editorial

The editorial “A Puzzling Pick” (BDN, Aug. 30-31) was a bit puzzling to me. Its theme is a negative view on Sarah Palin’s experience.

First off, it appears to me she has more executive experience than all three other candidates – McCain, Obama, Biden – combined. Secondly, Obama is running for the top job, while she is tapped for second in command; who is in more need of experience here?

Thirdly, you observe that she has an absence of “national political experience.” Look at Obama’s short period of such experience. It’s all legislative and my understanding is that he has never even once called a meeting of the one Senate sub-committee he heads.

You may well be correct in questioning the effect she will have on the election, but the editorial comes up short as an unbiased tutorial.

David Anderson

Stockholm

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