April 27, 2009 Letters to the Editor

Posted April 26, 2009, at 5:55 p.m.

End tailgating

Many law-abiding drivers are under constant assault by tailgaters, and I wonder if law enforcement is taking the problem seriously. Tailgating really ought to be considered criminal threatening. It puts everyone at risk and is highly stressful. Many drivers find themselves speeding up a bit, in reaction to the pressure of those be-hind, and end up getting warnings or tickets. What an irony.

Police need to look at tailgating with new eyes, and apply the unsafe operation laws more vigorously.

Henry Smith

Sorrento

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A nation of citizens

Peter Alexander’s letter “Boycott PepsiCo,” (BDN, April 17) is absurd. Alexander urges us to boycott PepsiCo based on the fact that it is pushing the “radical homosexual agenda,” this in turn based on the fact that they’ve contributed money to human rights organizations and “pro-homosexual” ad campaigns in the U.K. Mean-while, Alexander maintains that he will be upholding “Judeo-Christian” values by switching to Coke?

I won’t rehash the tired debate over what the Bible says about homosexuality, as there are any number of sources the reader can consult. What I will say is this: The idea that you can be a better Christian by supporting or not supporting a soft drink is entirely representative of why mainstream Christianity is, at this point in the game, a completely laughable and entirely forgettable belief system.

If there is a God, he loves homosexuals, as he loves heterosexuals. He created us all equally and to be equal.

In the meantime, I would ask Alexander what he feels that the “radical homosexual agenda” is, other than to have the same rights as everyone else, and to be left alone. And I would point him in the direction of the wise words of our current president: “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation, or a Jewish nation or a Mus-lim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of a values.”

Max Maxwell

Presque Isle

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Raye’s thinking

One has to wonder what Sen. Kevin Raye is thinking by promoting a movement that could ultimately deprive Washington County of much needed jobs. Raye has joined forces with a trumped-up coalition to try to blackmail Canada into agreeing to permit LNG tankers into Passamaquoddy Bay.

Gov. John Baldacci has been working with New Brunswick on a cooperative agreement to build an energy corridor through Maine, which would help with Maine’s energy problems and create thousands of jobs. Why would Sen. Raye oppose all those jobs?

Raye and the LNG proponents in Washington County say that unless Canada agrees to the tanker routes that we should not allow the energy corridor to happen. He has chosen to support the LNG projects in Maine which appear to have little chance of being built because the United States now has a surplus of natural gas which is available at a cheaper price than imported LNG. Canada has an LNG terminal and plans to build a co-generation facility to move electricity down the proposed energy corridor.

What Maine has is a senator who is pandering for votes by supporting two proposed projects that have little chance of succeeding. There is a danger that with these hardball tactics the Canada-U.S. project could be scuttled. Raye and the coalition should rethink their demands and work to get the jobs that the corridor would pro-vide. Remember — a bird in the hand is better than none.

Gary Guisinger

Perry

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Lighten up, Camden

Holy Sweetcakes, Batman! We just got an e-mail from Camden. It seems that the Joker wants to put a Dunkin’ Donut shop in the Downtown Business zone where all the empty storefronts are. Chicken Little is running around crying “The sky is falling,” Camden is doomed! Little Miss Goody Two-Shoes came unglued. “A Dunkin’ Donuts just doesn’t fit in Camden and I know this could be interpreted as snobby” she said.

Well, wake up! If it looks like a snob, walks like a snob, smells like a snob, it’s probably a snob.

If this were Starbucks it would be a different story. In fact, it wouldn’t even be a story.

Empty storefronts are not attractive or good for Camden’s economy. Lighten up, Camden.

Lawrence Nash

Union

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Support LD 1020

I once believed that in order to avoid controversy we might reserve the word “marriage” for heterosexuals and use a different term for same-sex marriage, as long as equality could be extended in every legal sense. Having read arguments on both sides with care, I find it is the arguments made by opponents to same-sex marriage that made my decision irrefutably clear.

Arguments made in the BDN by Rick Carver, “Definitions driving gay marriage debate in Maine” (BDN, April 16), and by a coalition of clergy in opposition to LD 1020 are all driven by fear — fear of change and fear of the unfamiliar or unknown. Yes, this law will change things, but change is neither new nor inherently bad.

Marriage has taken on several forms in human history, which our country has rejected because of inherent injustice — adults may not marry children, polygamy is illegal. Even today in Afghanistan people are fighting to change new marriage laws that oppress women. Change is intelligence and growth at work.

Carver’s obsession with “behavior” betrays a narrow view of marriage. Married “behavior” is more than sexuality. It is love, respect, commitment, compromise and lots of hard work. Fortunately for us in this country, the details of a married couple’s sex life are not legislated by the government, as long as there is no abuse of power.

Arguments in favor of equalizing marriage for all, in word and law, are driven by respect and compassion. There is no threat in legally recognizing a lifetime commitment to love and family. Please support LD 1020.

Robin C. Wood

Hampden

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