March 27, 2009, Letters to the Editor

Posted March 26, 2009, at 10:20 p.m.

Same-sex parents selfish

Elinor Goldberg, executive director of Maine Children’s Alliance has said, “Excluding same-sex couples from marriage harms thousands of same-sex families living throughout Maine. It’s bad for parents, and it’s bad for children.”

I disagree. As a child of divorced parents, I have experienced life without a father. I have seen my mother trying her hardest to meet the needs of her children by playing both a mother and father. My mom was overwhelmed with the responsibility, and she didn’t know how to play the role of a father.

What’s more important: an adult’s desire for recognition or a child’s need for a mom and a dad? Same-sex parenting is selfish. They can’t be thinking of what the child needs, but rather what they want. Marriage has always been defined as a solemn contract based on a loving relationship between a man and a woman in which they publicly promise to live together “for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health, until death do them part.”

The reason marriage has always been between a man and a woman is because both bring unique qualities into parenting.

I urge Maine legislators to do the selfless act and vote “no” on Dennis Damon’s bill supporting same-sex marriage.

Jessikah Pomelow

Orrington

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Abolish the Fed

Rep. Wright Patman, D-Texas, chairman of the House Banking Committee, said in 1968 that the Federal Reserve was a second government unto itself — not answerable to our duly elected government, even though Congress authorized it in 1913. Mayer Amschel Rothschild once said: “Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.”

The Constitution gives Congress the power to coin money. If Congress coined its own money as the Constitution directs, it would not have to pay the hundreds of billions of dollars in interest it now pays each year to global bankers for the national debt. This is why President John Kennedy tried to dismantle the Federal Reserve and began to issue US government money that was free of debt to replace the Federal Reserve dollars we have been using. The Federal Reserve is a misnamed foreign bank that steals money from U.S. citizens.

The Jan. 5 issue of The New American magazine stated that Congress has asked the Fed to account for how much money is being given for bailouts, to whom they are going and under what accountability. The Fed has refused to answer Congress. Unbelievable!

We should follow JFK’s lead and abolish the Federal Reserve along with any and all foreign control of our nation’s money, and institute the Treasury Department in its proper role of printing money — without charging the American people interest as the Constitution already stipulates.

Robert Bruce Acheson

Dixfield

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County GOP steps

Aroostook County Republicans took some important steps this past weekend by passing overwhelmingly the following resolutions:

1. A resolution calling for abolishment of the Federal Reserve System, which is the wealth distribution mechanism and societal control mechanism for the globalist traitors that really run America behind the curtain. It calls for the return of constitutional money controlled by Congress and the U.S. Treasury, not by a bunch of unelected, unaccountable international bankers who print money out of thin air with no real value backing it.

2. A resolution condemning Sens. Collins and Snowe in no uncertain terms for their violation of Republican Party and free-market principles in supporting cloture on the Stimulus Bill. It is time Republicans understand that the grass roots will hold our leaders accountable if they do not honor the party platform and their oath of office, and Aroostook Republicans sent that message.

Newly elected state party Chairman Charlie Webster also heard from several people we believe are losing elections not because we don’t raise money or run good campaigns (though that may also be true) but because we don’t insist that our candidates or elected officials follow our platform.

Once the people of Maine realize that Republicans actually stand for something again, they will vote for our candidates. While we continue to act like the “Democrat Lite” Party, they will continue to pull the lever for the real thing.

Steve Martin

Maine State Republican Committee

Amity

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Who supports what?

I just had a pleasant chat with three different congressional staffers down in Washington, D.C. I called the offices of Rep. Michaud, and Sens. Snowe and Collins, hoping to learn that they support President Obama’s budget, particularly the tax cut for working families. Not one of them could tell me where these Congress critters stand on the budget, even though the details were released back in February!

Past votes may be instructive. In 2006 Sen. Snowe voted against extending tax cuts for the super-rich. (They passed anyway, with Sen. Collins’ support.) I don’t have a clue where Michaud stands. As for the rest of the budget, investments in energy, health care and education will create jobs and help jump-start the economy.

These folks were in charge while our current mess was in the making. It seems only fair to expect bold leadership from them now. Call them and demand it! Rep. Mike Michaud: 202-225-6306, Sen. Olympia Snowe: 202-224-5344, Sen. Susan Collins: 202-224-2523.

Lori Connor

Deer Isle

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Ethics of liberty

Is it ethical to take away people’s rights to choose not to wear a seat belt or motorcycle helmet, or not to use procedures that may reduce or prevent incidence of diabetes, heart attacks, cancers and other leading causes of death and increased financial burdens to society, only to save lives and money for the state? It is not.

People have the right to self-determination. But there is discrimination in how that right is respected. Many states took away that right by passing helmet and seat belt laws. No state passed a law mandating a forced medical procedure. That is discrimination. Discrimination is illegal, thus the seat belt and helmet laws are illegal.

Advocates of these laws managed to pass them by the argument of saving lives and money, but it still doesn’t change the fact that they discriminate and thus should be repealed. Also no amount of money saved and number of deaths prevented is worth the loss of liberty.

Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Jozef Nielubin

Brewer

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