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June 12, 2009 Letters to the Editor

Fire spurs generosity

The devastating fire that destroyed the Katahdin Building in Orono was a tragedy marked by outstanding firefighting and incredible generosity.

The Orono and University of Maine public safety departments and Orono Fire Department, along with the fire departments from Old Town, Veazie, and Bangor, provided the best service with the highest caliber of professionalism. The building suffered significant damage, and 23 Orono citizens lost their homes and most if not all of their belongings. The Red Cross stepped in almost immediately to help with finding shelter and clothing. Pat’s Pizza, the University of Maine, Hannaford’s, the Orono Health Association and other Orono businesses and individuals gave generously to support the fire’s victims.

The amazing rescue of a beloved golden retriever brought both relief and tears. This rescue epitomized the over and above ethic of the firefighting and rescue teams.

This level of disaster does not often happen in Orono; for this I am grateful. But when faced with such an event, what needs to be done is done well. I would like to thank the police and firefighting teams of Orono, Veazie, Old Town, Bangor and UM. Thanks also to the Orono administrative team which helped comfort those affected and who immediately organized the Red Cross effort.

And of course, thanks to every person and business that attended to the victims. Everyone’s caring spirit and heartfelt generosity reflect well on our community and will not soon be forgotten.

Lianne Harris

Orono town councilor

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Steroid concerns

The May 1 column, “LD 251 threatens teen health,” gives bad advice. If a minor cannot have ears pierced without parental permission, why in the world would we allow her to be given dangerous female steroid hormonal drugs with or without parental permission? If adult baseball players are suspended for taking male steroid hormones that cause liver cancer, why is it OK for a minor to be given the female version — birth control pills — which may cause cancer?

Combination contraceptive-steroid birth control pills are especially dangerous for teens because most have not developed cancer resistant Type-3 lobules through a full term pregnancy. Type-1 and 2 lobules are where 95 percent of all breast cancer starts.

Because the pill weakens the immune system, it not only does nothing to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, but can cause bacterial infections and can make a woman more susceptible to the AIDS virus.

By age 25, half of all American youth will have at least one STD. Call your state senator and representative requesting a vote for LD 251. You may save a teenager’s life.

Ron J. Stauble Sr


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Wrong coyote policy

The Department Of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and trappers and hunters in Maine who vilify the coyote, are on the rampage in an effort to exterminate this umbrella species and are living in the Stone Age. What is sad is that the biologists in IF&W probably know better, yet continue to bury their collective heads in the sand. The coyote is the only species in Maine that we can kill without restraint. This type of governmental interference in the natural world is actually working in reverse.

Despite a nationwide attempt to annihilate an important predator, there are more coyotes in North America than there were in the 19th century. Since then, we have shot them, poisoned them, raided their dens to kill their pups, strangled them and yet their population continues to grow.

The reason is that the more pressure we put on them, the larger their litters are — so what we are doing to them is exactly the wrong approach. If we just left them alone they naturally would self-regulate. If we allowed gray wolves to repopulate in this state, the coyote numbers would be drastically reduced because gray wolves do not allow coyotes to coexist with them. It is amazing that the people who are supposed to be in the know really don’t know what they are doing — or worse, do know the facts and refuse to acknowledge them.

Bob Brooks


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Dr. Tiller no hero

Dr. Tiller has been hailed as a hero both locally and nationally. Psalm 139 states “For You (God) formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.”

I have only one question: Is Dr. Tiller standing before God as a hero?

Roxanne Hayes


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Reclaiming the GOP

There is a war on right now for the soul of the Republican Party in Maine. The RINOs (“Republicans in Name Only”) are finally beginning to lose their stranglehold on the party due to the fact that the electorate has caught on that they offer nothing more to voters but a version of the Democratic Party in slow motion.

This is true despite the fact that Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins continue to be re-elected mostly by RINOs, Democrats and independents. Look what their “service” has gotten us — an economy on the brink of collapse, socialized this and socialized that. Now, Collins is even pushing nationalized healthcare in collaboration with Sen. Jay Rockefeller (of all people!)

Maine voters need a real choice. Real Republicans are not going to continue to be led about by the nose by these “wolves in sheep’s clothing” who control our party. I don’t want to hear any more from party hacks about “just get more Rs elected,” and that “issues and the platform really don’t matter.”

Let’s just put it this way. Today’s electorate — thanks in part to the Internet —is becoming better informed. The old dissent-squelching and power-maintenance techniques are not going to keep working forever.

Conservatives will get their party back!

Steve Martin

Republican State



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The heart of the law

Mr. Morin’s notion that Maine will become a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah “Maine will feel wrath” (BDN letters, June 5) made me want to play “selective religious zealot” too.

Let’s see. From Deuteronomy 22:11: “Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woolen and linen together.” Reading this, one wonders what lurks in Mr. Morin’s closet and presumes that he might have some explaining to do.

Deuteronomy 22:13-21 on non-virginity and marriage: “Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die.” Stonings, Mr. Morin? Really?

Leviticus 21:5: “They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.” For years, men have shaved their faces and heads. Still, since he’s a God-fearing man, I’m assuming Mr. Morin must have a lovely, life-long beard. Perhaps he could provide a photo?

Anyone can find passages in The Bible to bolster their beliefs, and conversely that are out of step with the current times. However, perhaps Mr. Morin should ponder Matthew 7:12: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the prophets.”

If he does so — if we all do so — then all will be well. Or at least better.

Erich Kaiser


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