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Jan. 30, 2009 Letters to the Editor

Apology owed

The BDN’s editorial cartoonist owes President Obama a big apology. In fact, it was Chief Justice Roberts who mixed up the order of the oath (from the order that is in the U.S. Constitution). And Roberts later re-administered the oath (correctly) in the White House map room, and apologized to the president for his mistake.

Neil Murray


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Help protect children

Parents shouldn’t allow their minor children to be given dangerous hormonal contraceptives or abortifacients. For documentation on deadly effects, visit:

Our country is experiencing an epidemic of child sexual abuse. Among U.S. minor girls (15 and under) who become pregnant, between 60 percent and 80 percent are impregnated by adult men. For documentation, visit:

As the victim’s age goes down, the perpetrator’s age goes up. A junior high school girl now is more likely to become pregnant by an adult than by someone close to her own age. (American Journal of Public Health, 1996 and the book “Unequal Partners,” by Planned Parenthood)

To help protect children from abuse, Maine law requires health professionals to report suspected sexual activity of underage children to the Department of Health and Human Services and District Attorneys. It is their sole responsibility to investigate whether the child is a victim of sexual abuse or statutory rape. It is not up to the doctor or health care worker to take the word of the girl, her parent, etc.; only to report.

Maine District Attorneys Stephanie Anderson, Geoffrey Rushlau and Everet Fowle complain they receive few, if any, reports. That translates into health care professionals, including Family Planning, (who all are mandated reporters) are instead protecting child predators. Parents beware!

Every time another underage girl is given an abortion or contraceptives without notification, both she and her parents become potential plaintiffs in a lawsuit.

Ron J. Stauble, Sr.


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Chains hurt locals

The article about the opening of a new Hannaford Supermarket on MDI (Jan. 24-25) left out an important detail: The store will go up directly across from two locally owned businesses, the Town Hill Market and Mainely Meat BBQ. The Hannaford will likely cause both of these locally owned and operated businesses to go out of business and will hurt the business of other grocery stores on the Island.

It will not “contribute to the health and vitality of the community,” as Hannaford representative Michael Norton says, but instead will destroy several local businesses and harm the community of Town Hill. What comes next, a Shaw’s in Southwest Harbor? A Wal-Mart in Bar Harbor?

Spenser Simis

Bar Harbor

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A horse is a horse

In Maine, if a horse decides it wants to become a cow it wouldn’t need to undergo some complicated trans-species medical operation; it would only need lots of money and lawyers.

How is that? Well, everyone knows that with enough money and lawyers, Maine will just pass a law decreeing that all horses are cows. So would a law like that really solve the horse’s identity problem? Maybe it would, until milking time.

You see, the whole purpose of a cow is to produce milk. And since a horse really is not a cow (even though he has legislation claiming otherwise), milking time would expose the horse as a cow impersonator; a fraud. (Of course, the horse could always try to buy some other cow’s milk; but this would only make a complicated situation worse.)

Meanwhile all the genuine cows might be tempted to ridicule the horse for being such an ass. But considering the penalties associated with any new Maine “horse-cow law,” they probably would think better of it and prefer to act like sheep and keep quite.

The point is you can pass all the laws you want, but it’s just not natural for a horse to be a cow. (And gay marriage will never be equal to heterosexual marriage.)

Jeff Jacob


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Cartoon coverage

The BDN’s editorial cartoonist, George Danby, has wasted no time in illustrating his feelings about our newly elected president, Barack Obama.

In the Jan. 22 paper, we were treated to a cartoon that left one thinking that the president had botched his oath of office. It’s been widely reported in the news media that Justice Roberts, recited the oath without notes, reversed two words. Obama, who I’m sure, had the oath memorized, was thrown off by the error, and stopped mid-sentence. Justice Roberts then repeated that part of the oath, still reversing the two words, and then repeated it correctly, at which point the oath continued uninterrupted.

The Jan. 23 cartoon shows Mt. Rushmore with our new president’s face having been carved right next to that of Lincoln. Washington is rolling his eyes and saying, “Oh, brother.” Perhaps I missed the news coverage of a proposal to add Obama’s smiling face to Mt. Rushmore?

The two of us – Danby and I – really must pay more attention to the news.

Cindy Carusi


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UM leader’s aspirations

The BDN reported in the Jan. 24-25 edition that “UM president finalist for job at Kansas State.” Of course! Why didn’t I realize this before?

The university sponsors a two- to four-year internship for chancellors and presidents, so they can efficiently move upward and outward to better things.

I can even suggest a graduation song “We just love it in Maine, But it’s time to move on. Soon we’ll be gone. And you can start over again.”

Alan W. Boone


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Sept. 11 plan’s failure

There are those who think Osama bin Laden’s plan for the Twin Towers was to strike them with such large airplanes that they would tip over onto New York City’s financial district, destroying that area with the result that America would plunge into economic chaos. Boy, aren’t we lucky his plan failed?

Walt Kelly’s cartoon character Pogo said it best. “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Rocky Mann

Bar Harbor

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