A new golden rule
In these tumultuous times every facet of our great nation seems to be facing financial collapse with no end in sight. The stock market, jobs, housing and banks all seem to be tipping on the edge of ruin. If you’re trying to figure out what’s going on or where to turn, join the club. However, if you’re attempting to understand why, remember the golden rule. The golden rule simply stated goes like this: “He who has the gold makes the rules.”
It might seem as though “We the People” are running the show, electing our presidents and congress, who are going to represent us and govern the country through good times and bad. Well guess again! George Washington and crew have been long gone and so are their values. The United States I being run by the military industrial complex, the Federal Reserve, huge conglomerate corporations and billionaires from every corner of the globe. They only care about two things: money and power.
“Our” government is currently giving away trillions of dollars; in many cases the recipients and amounts are classified. Who really is getting bailed out here?
By electing Barack Obama tens of millions of people think hope and change is coming. Well if you think that, you’re in for a rude awakening. His Cabinet appointees are the same power players that have been around for years. Hope and change is coming to a community near you, only if Henry Paulson, Ben Bernanke, and Robert Gates say so. You can take that to the bank.
Common sense lost
This probably will date me, but Leonard Diecidue’s advice in the letter “Try trickle-up economy,” (BDN, Dec. 4), which is right but sounds wrong, used to be more naturally catchy. I remember when the late Hubert Humphrey contrasted Richard Nixon’s version of “Trickle Down” with his own “Perk Up” prescription in ’68. That made sense.
But in those days, most stoves in America held a percolator for making coffee, where the water went in the bottom half and boiled up to reach the grounds. It still does of course, but once Mr. Coffee came along, the “physics” went dark and with it, it seems, much of the hands-on know-how that constitutes common sense. Could it be that that’s what’s wrong with our world: too many nested “Black Boxes”?
Michael A. Roberts
On United Church of Christ polity
The article “Clergy back same-sex marriage” (BDN, Nov. 14) includes a statement that is, at best, misleading. In claiming that the United Church of Christ allows the blessing of same-sex unions, the article invites the reader to assume as fact a degree of unanimity that does not exist in the UCC.
If, in the narrowest sense, the UCC can be said to “allow’ the blessing of same-sex unions, then it also must be true that it “allows” members to withhold their blessing, to take an entirely different position on the issue, or to take no position at all. That is because the UCC is an association of autonomous churches, none of which is beholden to the dictates of a central authority. The only thing that is “allowed” — something steeped in church tradition and custom — is that individual churches work out for themselves their own positions on theological questions, and plot their own spiritual courses.
An aphorism that sums up UCC polity is “the National Office speaks to the churches, but not for them.”
Wood pellet supply
I read the article on wood pellet availability with some interest. We use a pellet stove to supplement our furnace, firing the stove up mainly on weekends. Mr. Bell may say what he will about the supply being adequate, but I have been on a waiting list since early July for one ton — yes, just one ton — of pellets. I was told at the beginning of September that they would be in by the end of the month and again the first of November. Had we been attempting to use pellets as our main heat source, we’d have frozen by now.
If the pellet industry hopes to gain even a small share of the heating fuel market, it will have to better organize itself and its dealers.
Food stamp program
I want to thank Jo-Ellen Jamieson for a very well-written letter, “Nutrition first” (BDN, Dec. 4) regarding our Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known and the food stamp program). She’s correct in stating it’s a “privilege,” not a right.
St. John Plantation
Go to PUC meeting
Maine Public Utilities Commission leaders intend to sign over your Fourth Amendment privacy rights to a foreign company, Iberdrola, without your knowledge and consent.
On Dec. 12 at the Maine PUC hearing room in Augusta from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., advanced metering infrastructure, or AMI, is to be discussed.
Sounds dull, doesn’t it? It isn’t! Smart meters can monitor your activity in your home every 15 minutes 24/7.
HAN technology can remotely control your home electronic devices. HAN is part of AMI. AMI is part of Smart Grid. The Smart Grid System allows third-party control of AMI. Iberdola and the Department of Energy are in partnership.
What Fourth Amendment? What protection from government intrusion in the home? Forget about it!
Iberdola owns Central Maine Power Co. Iberdola is Spanish. Spain is a kingdom. Does that mean you are now a subject?
All kidding aside, if you can, go to the meeting.
Count your blessings
As we approach Christmas I realize many people this year have had a very tough one and I hope and pray things pick up for them and their families.
My buddy had a tough time before the Christmas circa 1950. As a Marine in North Korea, he had the misfortune of getting to the Chosin Reservoir just as 10 divisions of the red Chinese Army decided to enter the war on North Korea’s side and surrounded them. On top of that it was the coldest winter in Korea’s history.
Long story short, they fought their way back and were evacuated to safety, but not before my buddy was wounded. When he got back he told me, “Jack I was more worried about dying from the cold than my wounds.”
After the war he and I went back to school, then he re-entered the military as a lieutenant colonel. He told me a year later, “Jack, that was my best year ever when I got wounded. They sent me home in time for Christmas.”
Let’s all count our blessings this year. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and happy holidays to all.