May 30, 2009 Letters to the Editor

Posted May 29, 2009, at 6:56 p.m.

Kill ‘canned hunts’

Let’s hope the full Legislature has the good sense and the decency to defeat LD 316, an attempt to license two additional “Big Game Hunting” parks in rural Maine. These fenced-in enclosures stocked with exotic game animals offer clients a chance to kill the regularly-fed animals for generally pricey fees.

The practice is unethical, unfair to the trapped game, dangerous because of the disease-spreading capacity, and represents an insult to any real hunter who stalks the woods and fields of Maine for native wild game.

The “canned hunt” clients are apparently not patient or skilled enough or too lazy to find their own game and have no problem with killing beasts that have no real chance of escape and are programmed to come to regular feeding spots for their meals, perfect examples for the anti-hunter residents who contend all we hunters care about is killing animals under any circumstances.

The state of Maine is blessed with a wealth of wildlife habitat, large tracts of forest, and normally reasonable populations of white tailed deer, moose, bear, waterfowl, upland birds, small game and cold and warm water game fish, as well as an even larger variety of non-game species.

There’s plenty of opportunity for resourceful guides, lodges, restaurants, campgrounds, etc., to serve real sportsmen and nature lovers alike who come to enjoy this bounty. Let the canned-hunt enthusiasts find their fun elsewhere — maybe in Texas.

Jerry Stelmok

Atkinson

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‘Do no harm’

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to divert the energy that is being used by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland and the Maine Family Policy Council and instead invest it into the needs of poverty, homelessness, hunger, violence and abuse of all kinds?

My view of Christianity was never to hate or show bigotry to anyone but to show love and acceptance to all people. I am no longer a member of any organized religion because of the hypocrisy I have seen demonstrated in the name of religion.

Protect marriage? Only my wife and I can do that. Please tell me how allowing a gay couple to marry affects my marriage.

I have many dear gay friends that I would love to see have the same rights and protection and recognition of their shared love that my wife and I have.

I ask that these organizations refocus their energy on issues that can help all people. Religion should be like the Hippocratic Oath that doctors take — do no harm. Please stop hurting people and doing harm to them.

Paul Hansen

Verona Island

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Orrington livestock

On June 1, Orrington residents will have the opportunity to vote for a long overdue Animal Control Ordinance. As a resident I encourage voters to attend the annual town meeting and vote for this article.

The proposed Animal Control Ordinance will authorize the town to require livestock owners to have adequate fences and barriers to contain their animals. It will also establish impoundment rights and fees as well as penalties that will serve as motivation for any violators to extend a common courtesy to their neighbors and help prevent repeat offenses.

Last August a herd of cattle ran loose through parts of Orrington for nearly 18 days. The proposed ordinance would have helped provide the town with enforcement powers that did not exist at the time and still do not exist. The town was nearly powerless to deal with the livestock owner who was unable to herd the loose animals.

As a result, 25-plus head of cattle ran loose through portions of the town, including a cemetery, and caused extensive property damage. Aggressive bulls put residents at risk, and an animal was destroyed, resulting in a lawsuit being filed against the town.

This was all avoidable.

Orrington voters, please do the right thing and vote for the Animal Control Ordinance.

Scott Welch

Orrington

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Rockweed questions

While a complete moratorium on harvesting would be the ideal solution to the current controversy surrounding rockweed harvesting in Cobscook Bay, the current legislation proposed by the Marine Resources Committee, LD 345, “An Act to Regulate the Rockweed Harvest in Cobscook Bay,” is a step in the right direction.

It has to be said, however, that we don’t know the long-term effects of rockweed harvesting at all. What is sustainable? How does harvesting affect the creatures who live in the rockweed? And how will the answers to these questions affect the health of the bay?

Only a suspension of the harvest and research by disinterested third party scientists can answer these questions.

Lewis Richards

Trescott

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Four more years?

Tom Doyle (“Democrats a threat,” BDN letters, May 27) asks if we can think of anything more troubling than the leaders of the Democratic Party.

Yes, I certainly can — four more years of George W. Bush. I think the majority of Americans agree and voted him out of office.

Patricia A. Heinz

Belfast

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Maine ayatollahs

When are the ayatollahs of Maine going to get out of their neighbors’ private affairs and mind their own business? If two people wish to embellish their relationship with the feel or the fact that they are “married,” how could that bother others? There is actually something endearing about the thought.

While “marriage” has been traditionally associated with a man and a woman, it is a reasonable sentiment for others who are close and long friends or partners to enjoy the status of “marriage” for their own relationship.

It is certainly no matter for the sex-obsessed Maine Family Policy Council to butt into.

The new same-sex marriage law that these zealots are against permits religious groups to purge the apostates from their membership, and they can refuse to perform marriage ceremonies in their own churches. The new law is nonsectarian, public and represents the sensible will of Maine people.

Now these self-appointed behavior monitors are trying to repeal the law. A good “no” vote on that nonsense, when it gets on the ballot, will be a healthy move for Maine.

Tom Schroth

Sedgwick

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