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March 28, 2009 Letters to the Editor

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Columnist Charles Krauthammer (BDN, March 20) believes that the “AIG debt manipulators” who received the infamous $165 million in bonus money “may be the only ones who know how to defuse the bomb they themselves built.”

Does Krauthammer support subjecting them to indefinite detainment at Guantanamo and using enhanced interrogation techniques to obtain this knowledge from them?

David Paul Henry


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‘Liberal logic’

Let’s take the liberal approach to motorcycle helmets and apply it where it can really do some good.

We need legislation requiring anyone requesting federal welfare assistance or government-subsidized abortion to complete forms under penalty of perjury indicating that both parties used protection when the child was conceived and that both of them were married to each other. If they were married and the protection failed, the applicant would be granted aid. If they were not married and didn’t use protection, then they would not qualify (and they’d be subject to a $500 fine).

Likewise, anyone who contracted AIDS by homosexual behavior or intravenous drug use would be completely on their own and subject to the same penalties. Why shouldn’t all risky behavior be addressed this way?

According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study, the average cost for a motorcycle accident victim with helmet who was admitted to the hospital was $14,377, while the average cost sans helmet was $15,578. Given 1998’s 49,000 motorcycle accidents, the total cost is $763,322,000. That’s substantial — no question.

Now compare it with federal spending — just on AIDS. In 2002, federal AIDS spending was $14.7 billion. Roughly 89 percent of AIDS victims are homosexuals and intravenous drug users. That means approximately $13.1 billion was spent on these two groups which regularly engage in high-risk, unhealthful behavior. And we’re spending time on motorcycle helmets?

Do I hear any champions on the left stepping up to ensure responsible behavior across all cross-sections of society?

You’ve got to love liberal logic.

Doug Merrill

Verona Island

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Red menace returns

When I was a child attending public school, we proudly sang “The Marines’ Hymn.” The last stanza told of the streets of heaven being guarded by the United States Marines. What comfort that gave a child whose everyday life was full of the talk of communism. Truly, Americans seem to have forgotten about the very real threat of “the red menace.” Communism doesn’t go away and it thrives on complacency.

As my family sat together watching “I Led Three Lives” with Herb Philbrook, the heroic undercover FBI agent, we learned much. A woman whose family had escaped from Hungary told us how a woman turned in her neighbor for a minor offense because the neighbor had bought a new dress, and the police came and took the neighbor away and gave the woman her dress. Don’t be fooled, this can happen in America.

Communism still exists and stands ready to infiltrate our country thanks in part to the many foolish Americans deceived by charm who have unknowingly unleashed the beast. I urge every free-thinking American with Internet access to go to: americanthinker.com/2009/03/the_knock_on_the_door.html and think about what you read there.

My generation and my parents’ generation fought hard to keep our country free, as do the men and women of the military today. Our country’s future is at stake. Don’t let the White House become the Red House.

Donna Kempton

West Enfield

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Ayn Rand’s prophecy

According to Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration’s approach to the economic crisis is right out of Ayn Rand’s classic “Atlas Shrugged,” in that the more incompetent one is in business, the more one qualifies for the mantle of victimhood and handouts from the politicians, while business owners who manage to make a profit on their own are portrayed as recipients of windfalls.

Government funding is the heroin of 21st century America. Once hooked, permanently cooked. The free samples of the past 50 years were just the bait. Those who will bear the burden of either obediently goose-stepping to the mandates of the majority stockholder of the American heart, soul and gluteus maximus, or of taking the inevitable and unavoidable risk of “tossing the tea in the harbor” a la 1773, would do well to stow the BlackBerries and vacate the chat rooms for a bit to curl up in a good chair with Ayn Rand’s prophetic tome. I’ve done so several times and have found it to be progressively more believable over the decades.

At this point, the parallels to real-life circumstances of today are downright spooky. It’s a good read, and both the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club found in a 1991 survey that people deemed “Atlas Shrugged” the second-most influential book in their lives, behind only the Bible.

Jeff Marsh


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Legalizing drugs in U.S.

The “War on Drugs” has lasted for 30 years, and we have as many druggies as we did when we started. I say we should legalize all drugs. Marijuana should be legalized, controlled and taxed like booze and cigarettes. The other drugs should be dispensed in gymnasiumlike settings by nurses who are middle-age like me: We should take the illegal sexiness out of drugs, while giving addicts a safe fix. This atmosphere should discourage most young people from trying the stuff, and in five years, we should see a decrease in addicts.

Meanwhile, our drug war is destabilizing many countries. The effect of the drug war on Mexico gives me special sorrow because I once lived there. But even if you don’t care about Mexico — the corruption of police and government officials, the brutal murders and the threat of a government collapse — then the thought of Mexican drug lords carrying their murders and corruption into the U.S. should give you pause.

Legalizing drugs will make drugs much cheaper and take the incentive out of growing and trafficking drugs. The war on drugs makes us feel safer but that safety is a delusion. The law of unintended consequences applies — no decrease in drug use, wild increase in prison costs, murder and corruption in other countries, with in-creasing blow-back of murder and corruption in our own country.

Let’s hire those nurses and rent a gym and give those druggies their shots.

Jane McCloskey

Deer Isle

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