May 27 Letters to the Editor

Posted May 26, 2009, at 7:40 p.m.

Justice gets the boot

Charges have been dropped against lawyer Michael Harman after he wrecked a parking boot. If he were John Q. Citizen, would that application of the law have been used? In my opinion, justice does not seem equal here.

Dave Sleeper

Bangor

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Parks and rec benefits

Here’s a short quiz: What branch of your local government can increase property values, attract businesses to your community, reduce crime, extend life expectancy, improve quality of life, reduce childhood obesity, strengthen neighborhoods and sense of community, attract new residents to those neighborhoods and does so all for pennies on your tax dollar? Why, it’s your local parks and recreation department, of course.

In these difficult economic times it is tempting to look to these services as areas for reducing the local tax burden. As the saying goes however, this would be “penny-wise and pound-foolish” as the benefits of these essential local services far outweigh the investments made in them.

Support your local department, invest in the livability of our community and reap the benefits for years to come.

Douglas Beck,

executive director

Maine Recreation and Park Association

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Democrats a threat

I’ve changed my mind about Islam being the greatest threat to the safety and well-being of our country. The Democratic Party has taken over the No. 1 spot.

We have a president who doesn’t have a clue about leading anything. He acts like a child with a new toy. He goes for a ride on Air Force One whenever he hears something he doesn’t like. He appoints tax cheats to top posts. We have a bumbling vice president. Every time he opens his mouth, he sticks his foot in it.

Then we have the Speaker of the House. I cannot find the words to express my disgust with this woman.

Then there’s Harry Reid, the worst majority leader of all time. Then there’s Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, Timothy Geithner, Chuck Schumer, etc.

These are the leaders of the Democratic Party. Can you think of anything more troubling than this?

Tom Doyle

Newport

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Time for single payer

Although polls say about 60 percent of the United States population supports a single-payer health care system, like Medicare or the programs in most European countries, it has not been on the table in Congress. Much of our media has also blacked out coverage.

It’s time to end the stranglehold that insurance and drug companies have on our health care system and to pass and implement a single-payer system that covers everyone equitably and with quality coverage. Health care must be a right for every person in this country, not a privilege for those who can afford it.

I will be attending a statewide rally for single-payer health care at noon Saturday, May 30, at the state capitol in Augusta. I urge all Maine people to come or show support by telling their family, friends, and co-workers that we need a new simple, single-payer health care system that works, not our current one that is sick and expensive.

Larry Dansinger

Monroe

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On straight marriage

As opponents of same-sex marriage gear up to persuade us that gay residents shouldn’t be allowed to marry someone they love, they seek to scare us by telling tales of a few situations in other states involving gays.

I notice, though, that here in Maine quite a few heterosexuals have not been behaving well. The papers seem full of reports of men molesting their daughters, cheating on their wives, beating, stalking and sometimes shooting their wives and girlfriends.

Perhaps heterosexuals should not be allowed to marry, given the sorry track record of too many of them. At least shouldn’t we have a referendum on that?

I’m just kidding, of course, in trying to point out how ridiculous the anti-marriage groups are being.

Peter Rees

Trenton

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Animal cruelty

I was heartsick after reading Katie Lisnik’s column “Cracking down on farm-animal cruelty,” (BDN, May 19).

I wish to thank her for casting light on this black mark against humanity, and her organization and like organizations who cannot stand by and allow this evil to thrive.

In the words of Peter Singer, “all the arguments to prove man’s superiority cannot shatter this hard fact:, in suffering, the animals are our equals.”

Carolyn McKinnon

Bangor

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Media bias

Each day it is with some amusement and sense of sadness that many read accusations by Republicans of “media bias.” Either unwittingly or with full-knowledge, this approach to reality points to a greater problem within the Republican Party; an apparent systemic unwillingness to accept responsibility for policies, positions, and outcomes.

Clearly, those who call themselves Republicans really do hold different beliefs than independents and certainly Democrats. It seems that one “core belief” is that criticism of a Republican policy or candidate is merely “media bias.” Does this mean that when journalists reveal the truth about false claims concerning Saddam Hussein seeking to purchase “yellowcake uranium” from Niger by the Bush administration, they are merely being “biased”?

Fox News earns praise from Republicans as “fair and balanced.” Yet, Media Matters, a media watchdog organization, has mountains of evidence demonstrating that Fox is really practicing the very form of bias which Republicans accuse all others of practicing.

Republicans seem to conflate actual journalism into “media bias” whenever the news reported points to their failures, leading one to wonder if Republicans prefer dogma over reality. Certainly, any number of dictatorships across the world feature just such an approach to media, so might these be models of which Republicans would approve?

The incidence of the “media bias” excuse by Republicans dates back to either Richard Nixon or disgraced former Republican Vice President Spiro Agnew. Both made insistent claims concerning “media bias” in the 1960s, long before Watergate.

Mark Tardif

Waterville

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