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Where are the clients?

I have seen pictures of women printed in the Bangor Daily News recently who have been accused or convicted of prostitution through Craigslist and other online sites. In order for the crime of prostitution to occur, there must be two people involved, the prostitute and the client.

If two people are involved in committing a crime together, they are both equally guilty. Where are the names and pictures of the clients of the alleged prostitutes, and why do I see nothing in the paper about them being prosecuted?

Diana McNally



Get Snowe out of Maine

I recently read an article in which Sen. Olympia Snowe lamented the diminishing numbers of moderate Republicans in Congress. Obviously, if the citizens are voting them out, the citizens don’t want them there. Sen. Snowe seems to think the solution to these losses is a continuance of the same lack of defined “pale pastel” policies that conservative America is revolting against.

Snowe’s and Collins’ defeatist approach to debate in Washington has brought about their current definition of bipartisanship — a compromised, feeble Republican Party and a dominant, arrogant Democratic Party.

To me, bipartisan means two distinct parties coming to a mutual agreement that is equally beneficial to both. Snowe and Collins have forgone the “two distinct parties” aspect and have called for more Republicans who mirror Democrats. So much for a choice. Americans are not happy with this.

Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, mish and mash respectively, have succeeded in giving us political mush. We the people do not like the taste of it. Sen. Snowe points to the stimulus bill as her crowning achievement of bipartisanship. You mean the bill she didn’t read? How’s that for protecting Mainers? Now thanks to Snowe and Collins’ “bipartisan” capitulation we are each in debt at least $120,000.

The Republican party needs to run a conservative candidate in the primary against the senator and get the Snowe out of Maine.

Andy Torbett



Limited options

I read Jason Philbrook’s letter regarding FairPoint and Internet access with some interest. I do agree that the restaurant owner has other options to gain reliable Internet service. That is a wonderful option that a lot of us in Maine don’t have.

In Alexander in Washington County, at my location, there are only two options for Internet service: dial-up at the fantastic speed of 26.4 kbps, or satellite at the fantastic price of $500 for the box and $50 per month for the service if you have a clear shot to the satellites, which are situated low on the southern horizon.

It seems that options such as cable, DSL, etc. are like everything else, only offered to dense population areas. Even alternative landline service providers have to rent the use of the phone lines from FairPoint, as it did from Verizon when it owned the landlines. This morning it took me 15 minutes to get online. I played 15 or 20 games of solitaire while waiting. Oh happy day, I won two.

Thomas A. Bonner



Dubious award

I cannot applaud Down East magazine’s decision to honor Gov. Baldacci and the “consensus makers” with an environment award for supposedly protecting two-thirds of Sears Island, while enabling a world-class container port to be marketed and eventually built on its western side.

The EPA rightly slammed this vision in April, reminding people that a port would compromise the “long-term ecological integrity” of the entire island. Down East’s history of the debate over the island also leaves out many of the recent legislative manipulations that have resulted in this glorious outcome — think “Executive Command” and “Umbrella Wetland Mitigation Bank for Transportation.”

Additionally, was preservation of all of Sears Island ever truly a viable possibility from the get-go, considering the large immovable elephant (the DOT) as the presiding force in Baldacci’s ingenious arrangement of consensus makers? The people of Maine have lost an irreplaceable treasure, and I’m all for giving Gov. Baldacci and Commissioner Cole a different award — the “Rachel Carson is rolling over in her grave award!

Sally C. Jones



Social Security questions

If one would search “Social Security Balance Budget” on the Internet, one would have many documents to review explaining the Social Security budget. Why the Social Security funds are included in the general Federal budget is an interesting article. Or why government borrows from Social Security and does not pay the money back. Now that, too, is an eye-opener.

Has anyone ever heard that the government has paid back the amount borrowed from Social Security with appropriate interest? Ever heard or read where the Federal Pension Fund is being used to balance the budget. That is what is happening with Social Security.

Suggestion — the federal government should give back the amount borrowed with interest. Do not blame unemployment and senior citizens living longer. Our legislators need to be more involved in finding out why the monies borrowed from Social Security are not returned to the program. The Ohlemacher report mentions: “The trust funds — which exist in paper form in a filing cabinet in Parkersburg, W.Va., are bonds that are backed by the government’s ‘full faith and credit’ but not by any actual assets. That money has been spent over the years to fund other parts of government.”

Perhaps we should ask that “those other parts of government” return the funds and do it now.

Catharine R. Collins



Disavow Notre Dame

President Obama’s speech at Notre Dame on May 17 served as a testimony to the heresy that so called “Catholic” universities have succumbed to. The Roman Catholic Church is not about debate. The RCC, as any organization, has dogma or rules for simplicity that members adhere to. One of them is that “life [human] is sacred from the moment of conception.”

Because they believe they need the students (i.e., tuition), some “Catholic” universities have allowed debate on campus about the life issues. Do they think that there is an American brand of Catholicism that allows for democracy and debate about issues central to the faith?

The graduates cheered and clapped at Obama’s suggestion that the issue of stem cell research is debatable. Obama ignored the reports of success with adult stem cell research and no real advances from embryonic stem cell research for the purposes of infusing debate. The RCC now needs to disavow Notre Dame as a Catholic university.

Mrs. Jean Barry


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