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June 27, 2009 Letters to the Editor

None of the above

Has anyone noticed that our representatives in Augusta are forcing school consolidation down our throats, which surely will result in a bigger burden on the property taxes? Yet, they refuse to consolidate themselves.

Is it time for a re-elect no one movement?

Richard Boulier


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Blame judges, not woman

I fully agree with the recent judicial decision overturning the jailing of an HIV positive pregnant illegal alien. Incarcerating her seemed absurd.

However, was it really fair to provide her with all the free services, including prenatal care, specialists (obstetrician and virologist), housing, case managers, etc.? After all, millions of HIV positive African women did not break our laws to come here. Is it fair that she should be lavished with all these benefits simply because she broke our laws? Is it fair to the thousands of Mainers who cannot afford health insurance for their families?

When slashing public services for needy Mainers, this defies common sense and fairness. If the 12 million illegal aliens in this country were predominately lawyers and social workers, competing for professional instead of unskilled jobs, driving down their incomes, would judges, the ACLU lawyers and immigrant advocate social workers have been so eager to lavish taxpayer funded benefits on an opportunist who had no right to be here?

It is easy for the privileged to champion the cause of the illegal alien, deceiving themselves into believing they are furthering a great civil rights cause because it’s not their jobs that are threatened. And it’s the taxpayer who foots the bill.

If this situation irritates you, don’t blame the woman. Blame the judges. What were they thinking?

Jonette Christian

Mainers for Sensible Immigration Policy


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LNG argument

From an economic standpoint, one consistent number is associated with an LNG facility in Robbinston or Calais: 100 good paying jobs with benefits when the plant is up and running. It is fortunate the Domtar mill is starting back up and if not, then the effects of this facility shutting down would continue its local negative impact.

Even so, it should not be just about job opportunities. Some people simply do not want this type of industry and that is their choice. But if the project is built is should be done with a fair and accurate appraisal of its impact. If there is a negative safety or environmental impact that cannot reasonably be corrected then it probably will be identified during the review.

If the developers are able to continue to pursue permitting then economics should determine whether to build or not. In the end, let a fair and open process derive the answers.

With respect to Canada and the harbor passage issue, it seems reasonable that given our history of cross-border transportation this could be resolved to allow passage. This is not about whether the passage can be done safely but rather that people do not want the passage and they are holding their elected officials to task.

It may be a time of economic uncertainty but in the end the project, if developed, would only be successful if done in the highest standards required and executed.

Michael Footer


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Opera at the movies

Music lovers throughout the world have enjoyed the high-definition, full-screen simulcasts of operas performed at the Met either live or as encores. Live interviews with leading singers, artistic directors, orchestra conductors and players, choreographers, and costume designers during intermissions are both educational and entertaining.

These simulcasts are brought to 850 theaters around the world. A few of these theaters are located in Maine, and The Grand Theater of Ellsworth is the nearest to Bangor. Every live simulcast attracts a full house at the Grand (480 seats) and the evening encore events are also well attended.

The Bangor area is blessed with several venues, one of which could be used to host the Met simulcasts.

A large theater with a high-quality sound system may be an attractive proposal to the Met. If the Met people have set a minimum distance between simulcast theaters, they might be willing to reconsider it as circumstances surrounding gas consumption are different from those of three years ago.

Music lovers in our region are grateful to the creative people who brought “Live from the Met” to The Grand. Bringing the Met to our area will further enrich the cultural life of our region, attract people from neighboring towns, and offer great experiences to more people young and young at heart.

Stellos Tavantzis

Old Town

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GOP must stand strong

As an active member of the Maine Republican Party I can no longer keep silent. Over the past years, I have watched the party spiral downward at an alarming rate. While some may say we are becoming more “inclusive” I see it as a tragic departure from our core values which will cost us greatly.

When we focus on financial issues and getting Republicans elected no matter what they believe we are doing a disservice to our party platform and the thousands of Maine conservative voters. Moral issues such as abortion and homosexual marriage have been brought into government by those of a more liberal agenda and we cannot shrink from taking a stand for righteousness.

In 1830, Alexis DeTocqueville said, “I sought the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors, in her fertile fields, in her boundless forests, in her vast world commerce, in her public systems of education and higher learning. I sought for it in her democratic congress and her matchless Constitution.

“But it was not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness that I understood the secret of her genius and of her power. America is great because America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, then she will also cease to be great.”

As Maine goes, so goes the nation. Do we want to continue to compromise on moral issues as a party and support our leaders who do compromise, or do we want to take a strong stand for righteousness and goodness and be a light to the nation?

DeAnne Rogan


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