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June 9, 2009 Letters to the Editor

Marriage works

I support marriage. Marriage promotes family stability, commitment and faithfulness. If these family values are good for straight families, they are also good for gay families. All Mainers should have the equal right to marry.

Just as some people once found support for slavery in the Bible, some now search the Bible to support their prejudice against gay people. But prejudice cannot be reconciled with the love of God.

Edward Courtenay’s letter of Feb. 28-March 1 suggests that the biblical story of Sodom is a reason to oppose marriage equality. Courtenay compares apples and dolphins. The story of Sodom is not about homosexual love. The men of Sodom did not propose same-sex marriage. Rather, they attempted to gang rape two male an-gels. Rape is about power and violence, not love, and is always wrong.

Kelly Connell and Heidi Plante (May 26) correctly note that biblical marriage was often between one man and as many women as he could afford.

According to the Bible, King Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines. We are told that he was wise, although one wonders how he found time to govern Israel.

Another May 26 letter is from Charles Webster, chairman of a political party. He says that most of us “expect our elected officials to work to solve the important issues of the day.” He then says that marriage equality “doesn’t meet that criteria.” Equality and fairness not important? Maybe that’s one reason why his party is losing elections.

Rev. Mark Worth




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Leave Irving alone

I read with interest the May 30-31 BDN article, “Irving halts logging 1 million Maine acres.” This is just one more example of the Legislature lacking an understanding of Economics 101. What the Legislature has done is take the place of the Sierra Club in seeking to shut down a major portion of Maine’s lumber industry. Congratulations, legislators.

In the majority of circumstances, rules and laws that seek to single out a specific player in the marketplace do one of two things: pass a competitive advantage on a “silver platter” to the affected party’s competitors, or force the affected party to cease doing business in the state of Maine.

If the governor and Legislature want to dictate wages in the woodland industry, then there is a simple solution — buy Irving out and they can pay what they want. Otherwise, they should stop trying to be benevolent dictators because I predict it will cost a lot of workers their jobs — something this state cannot afford.

Benjie Grant


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‘Be the Match’

Six years ago, I was diagnosed with acute leukemia. In 2004, I received a life-saving bone marrow transplant from a young woman who had joined the National Marrow Donor Program’s “Be the Match” Registry. Now you can save someone in need by joining the “Be the Match” Marrowthon.

Bone marrow transplant is a life-saving treatment for people who have leukemia, lymphoma and many other diseases. Transplant involves destroying a patient’s diseased marrow and replacing it with healthy blood-forming cells that are placed directly into the patient’s bloodstream.

For a patient’s body to accept these healthy cells, the patient needs a donor who is a close genetic match. Seventy percent of patients do not have a donor in their family and depend on the Be the Match Registry to find an unrelated bone marrow donor.

During the Marrowthon, which runs from June 8-22, joining “Be The Match” is absolutely free. Usually you have to pay $52 to join to help cover the $100 cost of testing and entering your data. This is an incredible opportunity to participate in a program that saves thousands of lives.

The goal of the Marrowthon is to sign up 46,000 new donors. Joining is simple. You can find the registration form, simple medical guidelines and other information at http://www.marrow.org/index.html.

My donor didn’t just save me. She touched the lives of my family and friends and my community. Please become a donor. It could be the greatest gift you’ll ever give.

Erin Callaway


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Words incite violence

Once again, the so-called pro-life movement has apparently inspired the murder of a physician, in this instance George Tiller of Wichita, Kan. Of course, spokesmen for the movement insist that they abhor violence. But their protestations of innocence ring hollow.

Quite rightly, we accuse Muslim imams of generating violence when, in the same sermons in which they preach hatred of Israel and its supporters, they fail to condemn the violence their words are certain to foment. Just so, the guilt of the man who murdered Tiller is shared by every pastor and priest who fails to condemn violence of any kind by anyone, in every sermon he or she gives against abortion and against physicians who perform abortions.

There is no escaping responsibility for the effects of the words that come out of our mouths.

Francis Sinclaire


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Proposed moratorium

What seems to have gotten overshadowed in the controversy about the proposed moratorium is that it affects only a very small bit of Bar Harbor, a 1-mile radius of the intersection of Crooked Road and Route 102; it covers only large-scale development of more than 10,000 square feet; it covers only commercial development; and it is in effect only until Sept. 13.

No other construction or development, residential or commercial, in Bar Harbor is affected.

Who could be against it other than someone who wants to build a large-scale commercial development before we have time to finish the extension of the comprehensive plan?

Paul Paradis thinks we need more time to think about what the changes would do before we act. I agree. We need this moratorium to give us time to think and finish planning.

Jake Jagel

Bar Harbor

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