Letters to the Editor for May 9

Posted May 08, 2009, at 6:56 p.m.

Catholic sentiment

Ken Fredette’s OpEd “Catholics must make own decision” (BDN, May 2-3) implies that for 50 percent of us, marriage is a horrible experience and that “this is not the reality of the same-sex marriage.” I would be most interested in seeing the facts that back up Ken’s proclamation. If this is the best argument in support of gay marriage, then send it back.

Bishop Malone does represent the voice of the Catholic population and I believe the majority in Maine as their appointed leader when he says marriage should be between a man and a woman, simply for the sake of family. The governor and president represent me, and I didn’t vote for either of them and generally do not agree with them.

Homosexual couples cannot procreate unless they employ science. If God intended it to be two men or women, would it be this way?

If supporters of gay marriage are so sure they have the numbers, send it to the people and let us decide.

My children and I attend Mass regularly at Our Lady of the Snows, and my children are never handed the bulletin. It is always handed to me. For Ken to portray the Catholic church as handing this implied propaganda to children is questionable.

Jennifer Nelson-Lynds

Cornville

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Regaining moral compass

It is our desire to again become a nation of laws, seeking a return to morality, a nation where no one is above the law.

Do we investigate and prosecute those in the Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld criminal cabal who contemptuously flouted U.S. and international law, ordering the systematic, sadistic and depraved torture of prisoners of war? Or should we agree with President Obama, looking forward, not back, understanding that in seeking to hold the criminals accountable, we jeopardize the transformative Obama agenda: reforming health care, restoring a thriving economy, expanding the availability of quality education, protecting the environment and narrowing the gap between the rich and the working poor?

Torturing prisoners produced false confessions and sabotaged American credibility and the morale of our intelligence community. Any security benefits gained were far outweighed by the damage to a nation betraying its values. Paul Krugman wrote in the New York Times, “Never before have our leaders so utterly betrayed everything our nation stands for.”

We have been shamed, viewed by the world community as a rogue nation, indifferent to international law, guilty of heinous crimes.

Obama has sufficient political capital to both steer his agenda through Congress and restore the nation’s integrity by investigating and prosecuting the Bush administration’s war crimes. The opportunity for impeachment for which we lobbied, rallied and petitioned is past, but we hold fast to our contention that no one should be above the law. It is the only way to regain our moral compass.

Dan Lourie

Bar Harbor

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Take care of our own

In June 2008, my neighbors and I heard about a low-income six-unit, 15-bedroom complex being considered on Wyman Road in Milbridge. The road carries a lot of traffic, including 18-wheeler trucks hauling lobsters. This project will cause problems and will increase costs for the town and state.

Every day we hear or read about thousands of hardworking Americans losing their jobs because of this recession. There is no quick recovery in sight with chances of matters getting worse. Am I wrong in saying, “Let’s take care of our own first”?

Jobs will be needed in this county if the lobster industry takes a turn for the worse this summer. There will be many local people who will need help with finances and homes this year. When are we gong to start giving our citizens the benefits others receive? Our small town is not set up to accept this project.

It seems others who are not involved have a lot to say about what Milbridge should do. After reading the letter to the editor by Jane Weil from Steuben (BDN, May 5) and her comments about Milbridge, I’m sure she would love to help by approaching her town officials and let them know she would like this project in her town and maybe on her street. I believe this would be good for Steuben.

Daniel Pride

Milbridge

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Fallout may be severe

Losing Arlen Specter is a blessing. The man is finally doing something believable, but he cannot be trusted. He was the one, you may remember, who came up with the “magic bullet conspiracy” to justify the Warren Report so anything he is espousing can be blowing with the winds of Gazeeba. Nothing new from Washington.

Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are not confronted by much opposition from Democrats and have a good voter base but any politician gets grief. Our senators are clever; run as a Republican and vote as a liberal and all bases are covered.

We all live in a world where we have to trust people to do their jobs. Hopefully, the fireman will put out the fire and the judges will be prudent. But politicians can be counted on in that they cannot be counted on. Nothing new but a backlash may be on the horizon and the fallout may be severe. Let’s see how it all plays out.

Larry Neal

Enfield

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Oral health bill

I am writing to encourage legislators to support LD 624. This bill comes from the Governor’s Task Force on Oral Health Care, which recommended as its top priority that MaineCare reimbursement rates be increased for dental services. The task force noted that improving MaineCare is the easiest way to increase access to dental services.

Since its recommendation in December, the situation has turned dire. It is now imperative to increase these rates since some dental clinics around the state, and especially in eastern Maine, are facing significant financial problems. Reimbursement rates for dental services haven’t increased in 20 years. The rates are so low that dental clinics and dentists often lose money when they treat a MaineCare patient. For dental clinics, this is not sustainable and for private dentists, this is certainly a disincentive to participate.

For dental clinics, one option to stay afloat is to decrease the number of MaineCare patients and increase the number who can pay out of pocket or by insurance. But the clinics were created as a safety net for our most vulnerable residents. When our safety nets increase their paying clients, MaineCare children lose.

MaineCare rate increases are never popular. But now we face the possible loss of some of our safety-net clinics. I hope legislators will find a way to fund LD 624. It proposes a modest increase for a limited number of basic preventive services and will save money in the long run. It seems the smart approach to take.

Sherri Camick

Washington County Children’s Program

Machias

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