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March 26, 2009 Letters to the Editor

Speech threatened

The BDN’s March 5 article, “Same-sex marriage can help Maine” makes it sound as though the legalization of same-sex marriage would not harm anyone.

However, the facts show otherwise.

In Massachusetts recently, a father was upset when his 6-year-old son was read a story about homosexuality in school. He asked the principal to notify parents before homosexual materials were read. The school refused and the father ended up getting arrested for trespassing.

In Canada, a hate-speech law was passed that mandates what can be said in public. This type of law severely infringes upon the right to free speech.

The homosexual agenda supports the freedom of expression and speech, yet they seem to want to make anyone who disagrees with them into an outlaw.

Everyone should consider the effect that the legalization of homosexual marriage would have on those in our state who are not in the gay community.

Do we want our 5-year-old children to be taught sexuality in kindergarten without parental consent? Do we want the traditional American value of freedom of speech to be suppressed? Same-sex marriage will not help Maine but rather will take away our parental rights and freedom of speech.

Michelle Norsworthy


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Paint hunting season

The article in the March 19 BDN warning the driving public about the annual highway hazard presented by moose made me wonder about the feasibility of a moose hunt using paint balls containing some type of nontoxic reflective paint.

Any moose that were hit would be more visible. DIF&W could define the times and locations of the hunt(s) to provide maximum impact in areas and during seasons where moose present the most danger. The hunt could be free, as a service to the state by the hunters, or DIF&W could require a special license and raise much-needed revenue. There must be pitfalls to this idea.

What do experienced hunters and paint-ballers think?

Michael A. Fasulo


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Don’t blame Melrose

A recent letter to the editor took former DOT Commissioner John Melrose to task for the condition of the Waldo-Hancock Bridge, which made necessary the replacement of that bridge. To set the record straight, that failure to maintain began more than 30 years ago when recommendations to rewrap the cables were ignored.

Three administrations, independent, Democratic and Republican, deferred the maintenance on that bridge and others as well as upkeep on the highways, creating a hole which we may never be able to fill. During the years that Melrose was commissioner, he pushed for and achieved greater effort in upgrading the roads and bridges as well as improving the financial condition of the highway fund. Sadly the increased cost of materials and disagreement on funding policy has caused the progress made during the Melrose years to backslide.

Public safety is in jeopardy when the roads and bridges are in the present condition. Ask your representatives to support better funding to get this part of the transportation structure back in shape. Our construction people are available and capable of doing the job if the funding is there.

Give them a chance to show that talent and provide some needed employment.

Charles D. Fisher


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‘Like a jail’

My family, composed of University of Maine alumni, loved the Maine Center for the Arts. It was warm and friendly, truly inviting, a place to make Maine proud. You could browse through culture from the entire world while listening to the hum of conversations as friends greeted one another. So it was with much anticipation that we recently attended the newly reopened facility. After many months and millions of dollars of work, surely it would be something truly marvelous.

We drove up, wondering if the center had been moved. There was nothing artistic about this building. The walk from the parking lot to the door was spent looking for a hospital sign.

The inside was like a jail. Conversation, when it did occur, was raucously loud as voices bounced off metal and glass. Is the glass bulletproof? Most people hurried silently through the small, cold, sterile and hostile corridors. Every time a metal door closed behind us, we paused to listen for the clang of a lock.

Enjoying a performance is not possible when you know you must run a gauntlet of malevolent spirits on the way home.

To the University: Use stimulus money to restore the building to its former glory. Then call it the Maine Center for the Arts once more. While you are waiting, invite Stephen King over. This monstrosity could be the set for his greatest hit.

We hurried out of town without stopping for gas.

Gerry Sawyer


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