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Feb. 27, 2009 Letters to the Editor

History lesson

Attorney Arthur Greif has again written a sensible, unequivocal piece based on historical, unquestioned facts concerning the repugnance of the Republican Party for so many years (BDN, Feb 20).

Mr. Greif’s account of the party of skinflints, hawks, anti-labor, anti-wage increases, bullies, big spenders and anti-health care is accurate. Republicans thrive on insulting people.

Thank God they got their butts spanked because of the previous years in which the government was controlled by the Bushnicks.

Reading just below Mr. Greif’s article proves a point that Republicans base most of their public information on myth, anger and, too often, lies. V. Paul Reynolds, with all his lack of historical knowledge, attacked our two senators.

They aren’t quite in line with the party, according to him. Rather, they have the ability to think, unlike the party which lied its way into the stupidest war, stomped upon every ally nation, declared victory in Iraq a few years ago and so much more.

As a Korean War veteran, I now wave my flag, which I would never do for eight years during the sanctimonious Bush years. All the phony “patriotic” behavior of the followers of misbehaving Republicans is done.

Surely there is a place for that party in the future without those who base their credo on party loyalty. Sounds like another party of long ago, if you catch my drift. Unlike Reynolds, Snowe and Collins favored our nation, and that he hasn’t been able to accept.

George F. McCann


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Stand with Obama

I am immensely proud of Maine’s Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins for their courage, their bipartisanship and their “can do” spirit that says “We must support our president because the people of America have spoken.”

Shame on the rest of the Republican Party for not standing with President Obama and the stimulus package.

But watch how happily many Republican governors and senators will gladly accept the money to assist their state in these hard economic times.

Many have chosen to whine or bluster and yet not present any concrete plan of their own. It sounds like they are all worrying about their own next election, thinking that if President Obama’s plan does not work and they would regret supporting it.

Let us not forget the leadership of the last eight years that put us where we are as a nation and these difficult times our new president has inherited. But rather than blaming, let’s join together and make this country great again.

Let’s not be waiting for President Obama to make a mistake — he will anyway — he’s human. Let’s be standing ready to catch him when he trips and set him back on his path, for as he said in his inaugural address, “The challenges we face are real. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But … they will be met.”

Jennifer F. Sylvester

New Limerick

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Feeling cheated

I have to admit that paying my federal income taxes isn’t as gratifying as it once was. I always cherished my role as taxpayer, performing my civic duty without question. I was enthralled with the power of my tax dollars at work.

Without people like me, how could we afford the trillion-dollar invasion of a sovereign state and the slaughtering of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis to rid them of their nonexistent weapons of mass destruction?

That unprecedented violation of human rights was all the more impressive since it was executed with such outrageous arrogance under the catchy sound bite “shock and awe.”

I swelled with pride at my small contribution to the fact that my country beat every other nation on the planet for the total amount of its treasury dedicated to war and weapons of mass destruction.

I didn’t even mind helping John Thain, the former CEO of Merrill Lynch, spend $1 million redecorating his office with my bailout tax dollars.

I am always willing to support any of the mighty oligarchs who destroyed the global financial system and trashed the life savings of millions. I understand what an imposition it would be to deprive them of their outrageous bonuses and lavish lifestyles.

But when the president chose one tax scofflaw after another for high-level Cabinet positions, I began having misgivings.

If I don’t pay my taxes, I go to prison. If Timothy Geithner doesn’t pay his, he gets to be secretary of treasury and head up the IRS.

For the first time I am feeling a little cheated. I am sure I will get over it by April 15.

Chris Plumer


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Sears Island history

Recent OpEd articles on the Sears Island cargo port development and conservation agreement, trying to show that the cargo port should be stopped, are based on faulty assertions.

Gov. King pulled the plug on the Sears Island cargo port in 1996 because Maine could no longer afford relentless litigation.

As Gov. King said at the time, “[T]he environmental issues raised in connection with this project have never passed the straight-face test.”

What you have basically is some folks who, for reasons that frankly I don’t understand, decided this was a burning symbolic environmental issue.”

The Sears Island opponents, extremists, are well funded. We have all learned that any project can be brought to its knees by unending legal maneuvering.

If Ms. Spear is really concerned about the importance of eel grass, she should take off after Maine’s licensed seaweed harvesters.

These hardworking entrepreneurs, making use of a renewable resource, “mow the lawn” of the ocean bottom in the very coves and bays Ms. Spear claims are too delicate to withstand actual use.

And the 2008 consensus agreement envisions conscientious and careful island allocation: two-thirds permanent conservation, one-third responsible port development.

It is wrong to contend that ocean transportation is unreasonably dangerous to our natural resources.

In fact, ocean transportation of goods and raw materials creates less impact than the endless trucks crowding our roads.

Those who now fight the agreement should have the honesty to admit they just don’t want to look at commercial activity out of their shorefront windows.

John D. Worth


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