Nov. 11 Letters to the Editor

Posted Nov. 10, 2008, at 7:14 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 3:26 a.m.

Tractor bailout

Recently the BDN did an article relating that General Motors was given $25 billion to “retool.”

As a boy my parents insisted: “Never beg for anything.”

As a 73-year-old great-grandfather, I can honestly say I cannot ever recall begging. However, I am on the cusp!

Information about the lavish lifestyle of the Wall Street thugs and the indifference Congress has shown by gifting them hundreds of billions of dollars pushed me toward playing the part of the biblical beggar Lazarus.

We recall he died “desiring to be fed with crumbs from the rich man’s table.”

Two weeks ago I paid a man $150 for using his John Deer tractor to plow a garden plot whereon, not crumbs, but food will be grown.

I own a 56-year-old John Deer tractor needing work and with only a very few crumbs for G.M.’s $25 billion, I could afford to get it retooled.

David A. Richards

Dover-Foxcroft

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Heroes close to home

On the night of Sept. 27, our family experienced the trauma of having our elderly mother lost in the woods in Brooklin in the cold rain. That night was a nightmare. When my sister called the Hancock County Sheriff in the evening when we realized that our mother was missing, we had no idea what a heroic response there would be from so many corners. Many people came and searched in the cold, black woods in the pouring rain until 4 a.m., and then again a couple of hours later until she was found.

One knows that firefighters, game wardens, sheriffs’ deputies, policemen, search and rescue teams, and volunteers do good deeds, but the enormity of those deeds really hits home when one is the recipient of them firsthand. My mother would have died out there had she not been found. We simply could not have saved her ourselves. We would not have known where to go or how to go about it. It was miserably wet that night. That so many people were willing to come and search for her in the cold rain, walking into those black woods to save her, shows us where our nearest heroes are.

Our appreciation of heroes starts right here at home.

Elisabeth S. Molly

Orono

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United we stand

At last our country can once again become the United States of America, not the divided States of America. Revival has come, not through a revolution, but through the people, in the way we have believed in throughout our history: democracy, by and for the people.

I believe this is just the beginning of a change toward grace instead of violence, of love, instead of hatred, of acceptance of ourselves and others. A stop has been made toward realizing that our differences are what unite us, not divide us.

I believe the people have spoken across the board. We have spoken — enough is enough — of divisiveness and fear tactics that have divided us.

Our survival as a nation has been threatened. But now, by the grace of God, we will open our hearts and minds to Him and one another. Hopefully we will move on to become what Martin Luther King prophesied in his dream for America so many years ago.

Dawn Pinkham Crocker

Howland

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Justice for chimps

With growing public support, and mounting scientific evidence, a bill was introduced in Congress this past April calling for an end to invasive and biomedical research and testing on chimpanzees and their release to permanent sanctuaries. It was spearheaded by the Humane Society of the United States and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society’s Project R&R, Release and Restitution for chimpanzees in U.S. laboratories.

Chimpanzees are our closest relatives, sharing 98.8 percent of our DNA. They have a monthly reproductive cycle, their pregnancies are nine months long, and they give birth to one offspring or twins. They show affection by hugging, and they weep when they are sad or hurt.

With recent failures in clinical trials, many question the ethical and scientific basis for using chimpanzees in study of human diseases. Many have languished in lab cages for up to 40 to 50 years, suffering painful experiments. It is time for them to experience kindness and justice. Please contact our Congressional delegation and ask them to sign on to this legislation. Please also sign the online petition at releasechimps.org.

Carolyn McKinnon

Bangor

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Surge worked

I am writing to encourage our Sens. Collins and Snowe to co-sponsor and vote for Senate Resolution 636, which recognizes the strategic success of the troop surge in Iraq and expresses gratitude to members of our military for making that success happen.

The counterinsurgency strategy and troop buildup implemented by our troops in Iraq under the leadership of General David Petraeus, General Raymond Odierno and Ambassador Ryan Crocker has dramatically turned around the strategic situation in that country. What began as military progress has since been translated into political progress, which was made particularly clear in early October when Iraq approved its local elections law.

The strategic success of the surge is clear and it is about time that Congress officially recognizes our troops’ accomplishment. I feel that Sen. Collins would support this measure.

Jesse Reed

Castine

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Priorities, please

Priorities, please

In response to Cynthia Wind’s Nov. 7 letter on food stamp coverage, I don’t feel it’s the responsibility of taxpayers to pay for women’s feminine hygiene products.

People are losing their jobs, homes, and having a difficult time paying for heat and groceries. These people work hard, pay their taxes and receive no help from government funded programs until it is too late. People’s lack of ambition and budgeting should not be set on the shoulders of other Mainers who earn a living and try to make ends meet.

Derrick Underwood

Old Town

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Casino yes proviso

When a Maine individual or group comes up with a plan for a casino using as many Maine products as possible, using Maine labor to construct and operate it and most importantly, it ensures that all profits will stay in Maine to support schools and rebuild our aging highways, then, and only then will I vote yes for a casino.

George Fogg

Greenville

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