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Oct. 19 Letters to the Editor

Power of the ‘m’ word

I am watching with interest the debate on Question 1. Having grown up in Maine, our mode of minding our own business and staying out of others makes me wonder how someone else’s marriage could threaten my own.

I was struck by the irony this weekend of a woman at church who, while saying she was against gay marriage, also noted that it was hard to keep heterosexual couples married these days. Her own son was living in the woods with a girlfriend.

In the face of couples easily sundering their marriage vows or not even bothering with them, it seems positive to me that anyone, gay or straight, would choose to commit themselves to each other for a lifetime. There seems to be such power in the use of the word “marriage” to describe the bond between separates, but this word is used all the time to describe things other than this institution, such as marrying a good wine with a meal.

I wish we could lose the focus on a word and let our Maine sensibilities recognize the power of human connection — of any type — to make the world a better place, and just let each other be.

Eric Treworgy



Give Obama credit

It’s very disheartening to see yet another editorial cartoon in the BDN disparaging President Obama. This one (Oct. 13) shows a couple in bed. The woman is reading a newspaper, and the headline reads “2 Americans Win Nobel Economics Prize.” The husband exclaims, “What? They didn’t give it to Obama?”

This cartoon was clearly a jab at President Obama for winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Many people, including the president himself, were surprised at the Nobel committee’s selection of our president to win this prestigious award.

Whether or not you agree that he deserves the prize at this early point in his presidency, he deserves our respect and support for setting a new, positive tone in international relations.

At least he is trying to bring peace to the world, which is more than some previous presidents have done.

Let’s celebrate our president’s achievements and initiatives, instead of trying to tear him down. If he fails, we all fail.

It’s also unfortunate that the BDN is the only daily newspaper in the area with local and Maine news. If a good alternative existed, I would drop my subscription in a heartbeat to avoid seeing these biased editorial cartoons.

Steve Colburn



Stand for love

We were married on a ridge in Kings Canyon National Park on a beautiful sunny day in August 2008. The ceremony took place in a secluded spot with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Our only regret was that we had to travel so far from Maine to become legally married.

During the ceremony we were shocked to learn from the Rev. Bryan Jessup, the officiating minister, that only a few days before, a man with a gun had entered the Sunday morning worship service at the Tennessee Valley Universalist Church in Knoxville and killed two people because he objected to the congregation’s inclusive views and affirmation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

We are voting No on 1 to protect Maine’s new marriage equality law not only because we want our civil marriage to be recognized in our home state or because access to civil marriage will bring much needed protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples and their children.

We are voting No on 1 because treating all families equally is the most effective way to strengthen the health of our communities and prevent tragedies such as the one that occurred in Knoxville. In recognizing and honoring all families, the marriage equality law benefits all Mainers, not only those of us who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Please join us in standing on the side of love and

Lucie Bauer and Annie Kiermaier



Won’t get burned again

I voted for TABOR in 2006, and was disappointed when it came up a bit short.

The consolation prize was that the newly-elected Legislature and newly re-elected governor promised to make cuts in spending and taxes. They promised to prove that Maine people did not need a Taxpayer Bill of Rights. We could trust them!

Here we are, three years later. Billions more have been spent, and huge fees, licenses and taxes have been taking more from our hard-earned paychecks.

We trusted them and got burned once more! TABOR is our fire extinguisher, and we won’t get burned again!

Ray Davis



No marine sanctuary?

A story on NPR on Oct. 4 told of the creation of a marine sanctuary by Australia to protect humpback whales. A front page story in the Sept. 16 Bangor Daily News recounted the high number of whale rescues needed recently and the increased whale activity in Head Harbor Passage.

How is it possible that Gov. Baldacci and Sens. Snowe and Collins can demand that the Canadian government give up their right to control shipping through their territorial waters in Head Harbor Passage so as to allow LNG tankers into this fragile marine environment?

In the 1970s a proposal to build the Pittston oil refinery in Eastport was denied because of the dangers of navigating Head Harbor Passage with the Old Sow whirlpool and many days of fog and storms, as well as a precarious marine environment that is home to many species of whales and a very important fishery resource.

What has changed from the 1970s that would make travel by LNG tankers any safer through these treacherous waters? Why aren’t Maine and the U.S. creating a marine sanctuary in this very special area for the endangered right whales? We could even do so cooperatively with Canada.

Pamela Taylor

Forest City Township


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