Dec. 3 Letters to the Editor

Posted Dec. 02, 2008, at 4:49 p.m.

Christianity exclusive

A recent letter challenged the “exclusivity” of Christianity as the only path to salvation. One certainly has the right to pick one’s own way, but I was surprised at the rationale expressed. It would seem that individual intuition is, in the writer’s view, the basis of the “God image” and all theologies and myths are thereby equally true. This concept of equal truth is an odd one to me. Logic would suggest that if everything is regarded as true then nothing in fact is.

As a Christian I do believe that Jesus in fact lived on this Earth and the acts and deeds he did leave no doubt as to his divinity.

He said, “No man comes to the Father except through me.” This, if true, does make Christianity exclusive. However, it is not intuitiveness or made-up imagery that makes it true or false but rather an acceptance of recorded history as factual.

Christianity constitutes a radically different claim — that God is in fact three-in-one and that he came to Earth out of love for his created people, not wanting any to perish, to show them the path to eternal life with Him. This is either true or not.

If not, Christianity is myth and silly. If true, then Jesus is in fact the only path. Accepting this certainly does not make Christians better than non-Christians, but, if true, certainly makes them eternally better off. I am truly blessed to be one.

David Anderson

Stockholm

Self-destruction nigh

The BDN’s editorial “The Future of Marriage,” (Nov. 24) made several good points and I would like to restate: “Marriage as the union of a man and woman is a basic building block of society.”

When any society decides that man can tamper with God’s design and turn away from it, then my question is what hope is there for this society.

Barack Obama and all the political power in Washington, D.C. never will make straight what man has made crooked.

It makes no difference which sexual sin you discuss or how you weigh it; living outside the parameters God established leads to the self-destruction of a nation. We are there!

Glennice Cline

Greenbush

Time for living wage

Overleveraging by Wall Street is an acute, but not the core problem of our economic system. Two-thirds of our economy is based on consumer spending, yet corporations, under free-trade agreements, shipped our good-paying manufacturing jobs overseas. Until a critical mass of Americans once again have jobs that pay a living wage, freeing the financial system up won’t, by itself, turn our economy around.

America needs living-wage jobs. The best way to jump-start our economy is with a taxpayer-funded rebuilding of our national infrastructure. Yes, the money will have to be borrowed and repaid. In return, such a project will provide living-wage jobs to stimulate the economy and we’ll end up with a modern infrastructure that should serve us well for many decades.

The free-trade agreements our government has entered into must be re-examined.

When corporations refuse to pay a living American wage for the sake of short-term profit, they sow the seed of an economic downturn. Let’s hope we’ve learned our lesson.

Ron Warner

Bangor

True assault weapons

I would like to reply to the recent letter from Miles Gray of Belfast, “Tax assault weapons.”

First, I would like to clarify what an assault weapon is. Is my semiautomatic rifle with a five-shot magazine considered an assault weapon or my favorite hunting rifle for the last 40 years? True assault weapons are mortars, artillery guns and fully automatic guns. Semiautomatic rifles, regardless of their looks, are not assault weapons. If hunters and shooters choose to hunt or target-shoot with them it is no different from choosing to hunt or target practice with a single-shot rifle.

I am a lifelong Republican who truly supports gun ownership.

Last, if Mr. Gray doesn’t know, guns of all shapes and sizes and the ammunition we shoot already are taxed.

Merle Cousins

Southwest Harbor

From a ‘real’ Mainer

As a citizen of this great country and the great state of Maine, a religious voter and the mother of four young adult children who are struggling financially, I have a few points I would like to make.

First, Obama’s plan to put 2.5 million people to work on the infrastructure across the country cannot possibly work. As long as the government is the nation’s largest employer, we never can hope to get out of debt. We pay the government, the government pays them. World War II got our economy booming after the Depression, not Roosevelt’s “New Deal” and neither will Obama’s “New Deal.”

Second, all the cuts in our state government are on the backs of the most needy, disabled and the children of Maine. It also will virtually put the shellfish industry out of business with the cuts to testing programs. The people of Maine should not be made to suffer because the governor and Legislature have been chronically fiscally irresponsible. Third, Maine counties should be independent of one another. We of northern Maine (everything above Skowhegan) should not be governed by the larger population of southern Maine. If Greenville wants the Plum Creek project, they should have it. If Washington County wants a casino, they should have it. We up here in the real Maine will look out for our own backyards, you down there in southern Maine look out for your own.

Debbie Allen

Parkman

Teaching our children

In China, India and Japan the school year is 260 days long. Children go to school eight hours a day, and in many places a half-day on Saturday.

In Maine, our kids go to school 180 days a year for 6½ hours a day, minus time for breakfast, lunch, study halls and homeroom.

At the Hampden Elementary School the kids sort garbage and patrol the halls to ensure compliance with the school’s “green rules.”

You tell me, what country is better preparing its children for the future?

Chris Krause

Stockton Springs

Mentor-in-chief

It is with great hope that I view our future with our President-elect Barack Obama, not just for our country but very specifically for young black males.

For years I taught elementary school in the inner city of Columbus, Ohio. It was with great sadness that I repeatedly heard the boys expounding on their future as pro football stars. Because I was white and lived in the part of the city they considered “rich” they would not and perhaps could not hear me say that not only size but “smarts” played a huge part in that picture. One was not recruited to play football at Ohio State with failing grades or if you were a short, skinny little guy.

Twenty years ago who were the role models for black kids? Pro athletes. Now they can look at their president. Educated, well-spoken, neat and even talks about books he has and is reading. It is a novel concept for many inner-city youth.

Thank you, President-elect Obama for giving our black young men someone to emulate.

Elizabeth Fauver

Machias

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