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Sept. 26-27 Letters to the Editor

Puppy pepper spray

As for the pepper-spraying postal worker: My ex-husband worked for both a cable TV and a telephone company. In both jobs he would often relate his experiences with these smaller dogs charging at him out of nowhere, nipping and biting him — strangely it was never the larger breed dogs. The technicians weren’t equipped with pepper spray back then.

I love all dog breeds and am just reiterating the past experiences of folks I have known of in similar jobs and positions, with dogs at large, just like this postal worker in Dexter.

I thought there was an overall leash law in Maine and that dogs were not supposed to be off leash, regardless of whether they were on their own property or not.

Given this postal worker’s past experience of having been bitten just a year or so ago, I feel that it’s understandable that she reacted the way she did. I feel badly for her as well as for the little girl who happened to get in the way of the spray while thinking she was “rescuing” her beloved puppy.

Perhaps this will be a lesson to that whole family: It is better and much safer to keep your pet on a leash or in the house if they are not going to be closely supervised.

I certainly hope the postal worker is not penalized for her reaction, as I feel she was warranted in what she did, considering the circumstances.

Suzi Fleming Leeman



Natural law

Marriage between a man and woman conforms to the natural law.

Richard W. Sykes



Proud of senator

Regarding the letter “Schneider on soapbox” (BDN, Sept. 14): I, too, listened to Sen. Elizabeth Schneider’s phone call to the George Hale-Ric Tyler radio show on Sept. 8. I can testify to the fact that Schneider was soft-spoken and remained calm throughout her conversation with Tyler, contrary to Traci Gauthier’s accusation that she was shrill and condescending.

Sen. Schneider stuck to her point that a few talk radio hosts were exciting the Republican base to boycott President Obama’s inspirational talk to schoolchildren, despite Tyler getting a little “huffy” with her. It was like music to my ears to hear someone stand up to these right-wing talk radio hosts.

She did suggest that some Republicans should search their souls to see if the color of President Obama’s skin is why some Republicans are constantly against everything that he proposes.

Considering the fact that Republican Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina had such disrespect for President Obama that he shouted, “You lie” as the president addressed a joint session of Congress. I have to agree with Sen. Schneider that a little soul-searching should take place, perhaps not so much in the Northeast but in the South for sure.

I don’t live in Sen. Schneider’s district, but if I did I would be proud to have her as my representative.

Harold Waltz



Health care debate

Watching and listening to the health care debate is very hurtful and frustrating. The numbers of Americans that are ill, underinsured or not insured at all appear to be voiceless and ignored in this debate. To find oneself in this position is degrading and humiliating. We remain silent so that we will not be judged for our low income, for choosing work that doesn’t pay very well even if it’s important and necessary to those who need our services.

I was 36 when I was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. I had worked since I was a young boy at any job I could get my hands on. I was never afraid of work. I could never afford buying health insurance as an employee or when I had my own business.

Luckily for me, when the worst happened — I lost my income and became homeless — family members took me in and MaineCare kicked in. After a couple years of being penniless, I now receive a small monthly stipend. It’s not enough to live independently; I still need the largesse of my family. I can survive while I fight my medical issue. I appreciate my primary care physician and specialist who have saved my life this far.

For those of us caught in this vicious cycle, we would appreciate the acknowledgement that we exist and that there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Hate, misrepresentation, fear mongering, threats, disrespect and selfishness are not helpful.

Steve Levesque



Fed up with Obama

I am fed up with Barack Obama trashing everything that makes this a great nation. During his campaign he accepted massive amounts of money from foreign interests. He is representing those interests rather than the American people and their way of life.

Obama is dismantling our democracy and moving our nation toward fascism. Government controls have been put in place that violate our Constitution and our sovereignty.

This popinjays’ leadership is sagging. Maybe honest citizens are finally becoming aware of how perilously close we are to losing our great country. They want decisive direction in Washington. What does it take for people to see this administration for what it is?

Alberta Gamble



Sex education?

The editorial “Same-Sex Among Us” (BDN, Sept. 18) accused those who oppose a law changing the definition of marriage of falsehoods and of “bringing children into the fray.” Having attended the April hearing in Augusta regarding the law, I witnessed many gay-marriage supporters bringing children up to the microphone, often holding them up to make their point. Only one of the opponents of gay marriage did that in the more than three hours I was there. A 7- or 8-year-old child was led to the microphone sobbing that people “wouldn’t let her auntie get married.”

Sex education is not the spearhead of the “homosexual marriage and behavior is equal to that of heterosexuality” message. It’s being done through the teachers who are forming clubs and organizing activities that purport to speak to harassment, but in fact are aggressively promoting an equality-of-behavior agenda with children in our schools. A club-approved poster, asking “When did you decide that you were straight?” has been placed, for the past two years, in our school hallway less than 50 feet from the main entrance. Try to read the words “When did you decide that you were straight” as might 13-year-old ninth-graders their first day of high school.

Objections that these efforts are not in keeping with this stage of development have not been heard. A yes vote on Question 1 can make your voice heard; a no vote will give those who use children’s trusting nature to turn them against the natural law written in all people the power to silence the rest of us.

Donald Mendell



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