April 3 Letters to the Editor

Posted April 02, 2009, at 7:48 p.m.

Mom and dad needed

I do not support state Sen. Dennis Damon’s bill to redefine marriage because, according to the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association, “babies are most likely to grow to functioning adulthood when they have the care and attention of both their mother and their father.”

Researchers have also shown that children raised by two mothers perceived themselves to be less cognitively and physically competent than their peers from father-present families.

Studies made by the associations show that men and women raised by two mothers were more likely to consider the possibility of having a same-sex partner, and more of them had been involved in at least a brief same-sex relationship. Focus on the Family points to academic studies which state that both parents raising children — as opposed to children raised by two mothers — increase children’s cognitive and verbal skills, academic performance, involvement in or avoidance of high-risk behaviors and crime, and emotional and psychological health.

Personally, I believe that a child needs a father and a mother figure while growing up. In my case, I feel that it was important to grow up with both a father and a mother because I learned different things about life from both of them. There are things that can’t be taught by women and other things that can’t be taught by men, making it necessary to have both in your life so that we can grow up fully learning what is expected of us.

Larissa Mateo

Bangor

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War on our border

We have a very serious war on our southern border and the United States is more than complicit. This terrible war, in which 7,000 people in Mexico were killed in 2008, can be directly linked to our insatiable appetite for illicit drugs and for the easy availability of assault weaponry in the U.S.

That’s right. Ninety percent of the weapons confiscated by Mexican authorities in the course of this war can be traced back to sales in gun shops or gun shows in the U.S.

What can the U.S. do to stop the carnage? What can we do to prevent another Iraq war on our southern border? For a start we could pass some sensible gun laws outlawing assault rifles like the AK-47; weapons that are designed for military use, not for hunting or protecting your home from burglars. They have no use except to kill people.

Second, we should make a serious effort to reduce drug use. This requires sufficient resources to change the direction of perhaps millions of lives. Yet we have never properly funded drug rehabilitation and in the last several years we have further cut these already inadequate resources.

This is a national security issue. Are we going to act before they start fire bombing San Diego? We are calling Mexico a “failed state.” Is the U.S. the next “failed state”?

Eric Goodale

Carmel

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Backs staph legislation

A bill addressing prevention and reporting of MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, goes before the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee on April 7.

My family, other victims’ families, nurses and lawmakers will testify in favor of this bill, LD 1038. It would provide hospitals with an organized, standardized and effective tool to stop the disturbing numbers of hospital-acquired MRSA infections in Maine.

All of the MRSA preventative steps in this bill come from federally recognized infection-control guidelines. Some Maine hospitals take some of these steps, some of the time. That is not good enough for me. Nobody should go into a hospital and get sicker or die from an infection.

A recent study found Maine to have the fourth-highest level of hospital-acquired MRSA infections in the U.S. This is not acceptable, particularly since my mother and almost all of my loved ones and friends live here. Also, my father died of hospital-acquired MRSA in January. Steps outlined in my proposal for this bill will help to reduce these infections.

Help Maine become a leader in MRSA prevention by supporting LD 1038. Anyone may contact me at Kathydayrn@aol.com for further information or visit mcclearymrsaprevention.com.

Kathy Day

Bangor

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Make that a quadruple

We’re going to force motorcyclists to wear helmets because when they have accidents it costs us so much in health care? We’re constantly adding taxes to tobacco users because they cost us so much in health care and affect others’ health. Why aren’t alcohol users being added to this bunch?

Alcohol is quite often a factor in accidents. Alcohol can be a cause for people to need health care. Alcohol also adds to law enforcement and court costs. So why not triple or quadruple the taxes on alcohol to help covers these costs?

Susan Taylor

Hampden

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Two antigun laws

Two anti-gun bills are awaiting action before the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. These bills are just another back door gun grab. If these pass, then all the feds have to do is increase federal firearms license cost so high that dealers won’t be able to do business and this will just cut off any legal line for buying guns.

Again, the only people buying guns will be the ones that don’t care about the laws now. LD 985, introduced by Sen. Nancy Sullivan, D-Biddeford, requires that a federally licensed gun dealer facilitate all sales, transfers, and loans of firearms. Dealers could subject these transactions to a fee that cannot exceed $10.

LD 814, sponsored by Rep. Anna Blodgett, D-Augusta, requires that a national instant criminal background system check be performed by a federally licensed gun dealer prior to the sale or transfer of a firearm at a gun show. Under this bill, gun show promoters are responsible for any failure to perform the required background check and would be subject to a fine of up to $10,000 for each failure. LD 814 also requires gun show operators to post signs notifying attendees of the background check requirement. Unlicensed sellers must be provided access to licensed dealers to undertake the required background checks.

Todd Hibbard

Stockton Springs

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Farmers, beware

It is not true that small Maine farmers have nothing to worry about in the food modernization bills before Congress, “Farmers leery of food bills in D.C.,” (BDN, March 30).

USDA defines a “farm” as one that sells $1,000 of produce a year. The bills state that all “farms” will be responsible for the provisions of the bills.

These include mandatory registration, unannounced inspection of property and $1 million fines for noncompliance.

If the bills pass unamended, Maine’s very small farmers have a lot to be concerned about. These little farms are not the problem. The problems come from huge corporate factory farms that are so big and unregulated that they constantly compromise food safety. Congress should target those farms that actually cause the problem.

Nancy Allen

Brooksville

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