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Nov. 22 Letters to the Editor


Absolutes do exist

In a recent letter, JoDee Creighton has chosen to intuit (her word) to determine what she considers truth. Webster defines intuit as, “the act or faculty of knowing without the use of rational process.” Her letter then proceeds to show the conclusions she has drawn without the use of rational process.

Ken Ham, of Answers in Genesis, encountered a sign that read, “No one has the only truth.” Ham’s question was, “If people claim they can’t know, then how can they be sure they do know they can’t know?” To say there are no absolutes is an absolute statement.

Creighton closes with a quotation from a noncanonical book declaring, “Bring forth what is within you, what you have will save you.”

The truth is, that is a lie. The Bible says in Matthew 15:19 that from within, “Out of the heart proceed evil.” Romans 1:29-32 will give you another picture of what is “within you.” We are sinners and need a savior. All the thinkers, philosophers and poets of all time can never reconcile me to God.

Only Jesus who paid for my sin on Calvary’s cross can do that. He is the only way to God. That is an absolute.

Peter Bennett



Attitudes not changed

I’m sure the story “Legacy of a Tragedy — The shooting of Karen Wood,” (BDN, Nov. 15-16) brought back memories for many Mainers.

I was a young mother of three when the shooting occurred. At the time I was appalled at those who would think Wood was responsible for being shot in her backyard. After reading the sidebar story (“In Hermon, gunshots still echo”), it seems some still believe that because Wood walked from her house with something white on her hands she was doing something dangerous. It is clear we haven’t learned anything from this tragedy. We may change the laws in the state, but we can’t change the misguided thinking of its residents.

As Paul Jacques stated in the story, “Someone ought to be able to run around in the woods buck naked or dressed in brown from head to toe, and they should not be subject to being shot.”

Too bad no one mentioned the shooting death of Jimmy Griffin in 2004, a year after the target identification while hunting law was enacted. Adam Nason, his shooter, only served 30 days in jail, three years probation and 300 hours of community service — no more than a slap on the wrist. How is that any more severe than the acquittal of Donald Rogerson? Granted, Griffin was a hunter killed by another hunter, but should that matter? When will every life in Maine become more important than a hunter’s right to, as the editorial “Tragedy and Tradition” said, relish “the joy of bagging a big buck”?

Deborah Parks

Presque Isle


Diet forced by state

Dentist Jonathan Shenkin wants Maine to ban buying soda with food stamps because he feels that the sugar is bad for our health.

I agree that drinking soda is bad for us. The problem with banning it from being purchased with food stamps is that if you start with soda or other beverages of choice, you will then move on to cookies, cakes, doughnuts or any other bakery item that one can purchase with food stamps. If that happens, then birthday parties for the children will not take place.

You can blame bad dental health on drinking soda, but I don’t really believe that soda is more to blame than eating sugary foods.

What Shenkin suggests is to have the state put everyone in the program on a forced diet. I agree that some food items are bad for us, but let us be the judge of what we want.

Do I buy soda with my food stamps? Yes I do. But I don’t buy a lot of soda. I do get the food I need and only then buy soda if I can. Pretty soon all those on the program will receive a list of what foods we are allowed to buy.

Paul Van Opdurp



Bible on same-sex

In regard to your front-page story, “Clergy back same-sex marriage,” I don’t understand how clergy, who are supposed to be living by the word of God, can say that people are denied the most basic right to marry and form a family with the person of choice.

Do these clergy believe in the Bible, or choose to interpret the Bible the way they want? If you are Christian and own a Bible, go to the third book Leviticus 18:22, which says, “You shall not be with a male as with a woman, such a thing is an abomination.” This was from my family Bible printed in 1950. My New American Bible printed in 1986 says the same. My Bible “The Way” printed in 1972 is a little more bold, same chapter and verse: “Homosexuality is absolutely forbidden, for it is an enormous sin.” So is the Bible wrong or what?

I hope the state has the good sense to not amend the constitution. There is supposed to be a separation between church and state, so keep it that way. I do not condemn homosexuals personally, I pray for them as I do for all sinners including myself, for the Bible says “He who is without sin cast the first stone.”

Linda Oliver



Insensitive story

Whatever possessed the Bangor Daily News to commemorate the unspeakably tragic hunting fatality of 1988?

How could the BDN be so insensitive as to rake up the Wood family’s tragedy in such graphic and awful detail, and to further punish Donald Rogerson, a good family man who still lives in the area and exists every day of life — especially in November, I’m sure — with the knowledge of that terrible event? An event that seems a “perfect storm” of circumstances: Karen Wood, a newcomer to the state had apparently not been warned of the danger of living close to the woods and that it would be advisable to wear a hunter orange cap or vest (and certainly nothing white) even in her own backyard during the month of November; add to the mix a veteran hunter hot on the track of a deer who suddenly sees a flash of white and reacts in a split second to make the worst and most tragic decision of his life. Who was at fault? Both people made undeniable mistakes; a good woman is dead and a good man haunted for life.

Laws have been passed that have all but stamped out hunting fatalities in Maine. If there is any good to be had, I’d like to think it would move the town of Hermon, and other communities, to enact laws regarding hunting proximity to rural subdivisions or a shotguns-only restriction in those areas.

Though the grief will always be there, the Wood family has moved on, and so has the Rogerson family. Too bad the BDN hasn’t.

Thelma H. White



Shenkin not newsworthy

When will Dr. Jonathan Shenkin run out of chutzpah? He has ridden his high horse to victory on one fringe issue and seems to be mounting up again. I begin to wonder if he doesn’t stable his horse at 491 Main St.

What’s next? Should we require retired sardine cutters who live alone and draw on LIHEAP to share their homes with each other during the heating season? It will certainly have benefits for the public health as, collectively, they’ll be able to maintain their thermostats at some level above the 55 degrees they can now afford being on their own.

Reason alone to require it if we buy into Shenkin’s logic. By doing so, making the wider distribution of the limited LIHEAP funds possible would be a welcome ancillary benefit, enhancing even further the cause of public health while making more efficient use of tax-generated funds.

Shenkin is entitled to his views, but I have to question whether they are newsworthy.

Scott Taylor


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