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July 30 Letters to the Editor

Passion for reform

I always have been passionate about health care reform, but after the recent comments by Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and others, that passion shifted to outrage and a deep sadness.

Outrage that anyone would see this opportunity for real health care reform as an opportunity to make a political move. Perhaps Sen. DeMint and others like him feel so secure in their taxpayer-supported health care they cannot see or feel the real urgency. There is no end to the anxiety one feels living with inadequate health insurance.

As for the deep sadness: I thought that after the global financial meltdown, we would reset our moral compass, take a look at our values and priorities and make some changes. But after hearing of the huge bonus payments on Wall Street and the crafting of political gain from a very serious issue, I’d say the problem is woven into the fabric of our culture — a culture of greed and power that has replaced human decency. A real debate about the facts has been replaced with fear tactics and political maneuvering.

I beg those who hold our lives and our livelihood in their hands to say no to the big money and the political gains, and for once listen to the hearts and stories of the people who have nowhere else to turn. Please do what is right.

Rebecca O’Keefe

Prospect Harbor


Satan, global bankers

George Friedrich Wilheim Hegel (1770-1831) is most often credited with developing the Illuminist philosophy that is known as the Hegelian Dialectic, transforming our world from a Christian era of national freedom to a Satanic one of global slavery. Webster’s defines this theory as: thesis (an original tendency), anti-thesis (its opposing tendency), and their unification in a new movement called synthesis.

I believe this is being used by global bankers to re-synthesize the U.S. and the free world into a global fascism, destroying our Constitution and the Christianity that promoted it. Heralded as “new age” philosophies, it is really an old-age tyranny disguising the Satanic intent of world government. Satan hates Christ. Monarchies hate our constitution because it’s in their way.

As Texe Marrs points out in his book “Circle of Intrigue,” to destroy the U.S. Constitution and all world popular governments (thesis), communism was invented (anti-thesis), to result in a global compromise of world fascism (synthesis).

God destroyed the first Tower of Babel because he knew it would lead to global tyranny. Now the global bankers, who call themselves the Illuminati, are building a second tower via the UN and one-world-government, economics and religion.

The secret is out. Now you know. What will we do to save our constitutional liberties now under overwhelming attack? Go drink beer and watch sports?

Robert Bruce Acheson



U.S. anthem first

This month, Penn National’s off-track betting facility has played national anthems at live racing dates with the Canadian anthem being played first and our American anthem second. In my opinion, this is the wrong order and the American anthem should be played first.

Twice I have requested a change to no avail. I had five uncles and a lot of close friends in World War II and the Korean War, and I feel this is an affront to all veterans. Does anyone else feel this way?

I have nothing against the Canadian national anthem being played, but it should follow our anthem.

Terrance E. Reynolds



Yacht is no monster

I read with interest the article in the July 28 BDN regarding the luxury yacht Lady Christine tied up at the Bangor Waterfront. One sentence in the article caught my attention as one that would greatly upset the owner. The writer said: “Since it pulled into the Penobscot River on Sunday, the monstrosity has generated significant buzz.” According to my dictionary, “monstrosity” means “the state or character of being monstrous.”

And “monstrous” means “frightful or hideous in appearance; extremely ugly.”

As a sailor, I would prefer to see a large schooner or sloop tied up there, but there is no way the Lady Christine can be considered frightful, hideous or ugly. Irvine Laidlaw, and your readers, deserve an apology.

Marshall Smith

Blue Hill


Domestic enemy

I was horrified to read the item, “Pentagon, contractor cited in soldier death” (BDN, July 28). The piece relates to one of our brave soldiers dying not from enemy fire, but from the apparent shoddy work by one of the military contractors in Iraq. Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth, 24, of Pittsburgh died while showering in his barracks in Iraq. According to the story, his death was the result of pumps and adjacent water tanks being installed incorrectly by the contractor KBR Inc. based in Houston. And there were 17 other electrocutions also.

I would hope the Defense Department holds this company accountable for Sgt. Maseth’s death and any others caused by a lack of oversight and good practices. KBR and other contractors have been paid billions to assist our troops in their mission in Iraq and in Afghanistan. This is not the first time that the quality of their work has been questioned.

What sort of oversight would allow one of our own to be killed in this manner? What sort of company allows this to happen? What kind of punishment would send a message to contractors that this is not acceptable? This is a crime. The parents of this young man must be more than devastated. Not only was their son in danger having to fight an enemy in a foreign country, but the “enemy” turned out to be those entrusted with helping them in the fight. Profit from war is never a good idea. I am horrified that my country would allow this to happen.

Tonya L. Troiani



Shut up and drive

The BDN’s July 30 editorial, “Cell Phone Dangers,” is right on the money. If people knew the reality, they would oppose cell phone use while driving. So shame on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for withholding the research. BDN readers should visit nytimes.com/2009/07/21/technology/. And while there, take that online test, Driven to Distraction — it is quite sobering.

You can usually tell who is on the phone when driving, because of how poorly they drive: weaving, no signaling, tailgating others, driving significantly above or below the posted limits. And among the most common offenders? Law enforcement officers! There should be one law for everyone: drive if you are driving, pull over for anything else.

Paul Sheridan


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