Dec. 2 Letters to the Editor

Posted Dec. 01, 2009, at 5:22 p.m.

Immigration web

I’m certain if my husband were a refugee, he’d be allowed into the U.S. without pages of supporting documents, life history and a large fee. If he were an illegal alien working in the fields or factories, he would have organizations fighting to grant him health benefits, Social Security and an education for his children.

But my husband is just an ordinary, hardworking man with no extreme political or religious affiliation, a native of the UK (a U.S. ally) who’s now caught in a spider web of the government’s confusing immigration process.

What’s his crime? He went from being my fiancée to being my husband. The petition submitted last March was approved, and nowhere in state law nor on the USCIS Web site could I find that marrying is prohibited.

But now we’re told his petition is invalid and we must start the lengthy, expensive process all over again, keeping us apart even longer. Each petition requires information that’s identical except one requires a notarized letter of intent to marry and the other requires a marriage license.

We’re still the same people. Only our relationship has changed, and yet it is evidently too complex for our government simply to transfer the information and approval from one form to the other.

Adding to the frustration, when we’ve called USCIS we get differing and conflicting information about what we need to resolve as quickly as possible. If they don’t know what their process is, how the heck are we supposed to know?

Ellen MacMillan

Milo

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‘Man up, Tiger’

The Florida Highway Patrol has every right to question Tiger Woods and ought to get about the business of doing it. Mr. Woods ought to “man up,” as the saying goes, and realize that his wealth entitles him to no special status.

The last time I looked, we were all equal before the law.

A two-tiered justice system may be a de facto reality, but it is a de jure disgrace.

Henry Smith

Sorrento

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Got guns?

On the article “Guns in Maine”:

I don’t ski. I don’t believe in it. As a matter of fact, I think it’s a shame that trees are cut off the sides of mountains just so someone can strap a couple of boards to their feet and slide down. For one thing, it’s dangerous. People get killed or seriously hurt in skiing accidents every year. But it is a free country.

To prove I am strong in my conviction, I am willing to put a sign in my front yard that reads: “I don’t believe in skiing and this is a ski-free home.” I am curious if the anti-gun folks are willing to do the same.

Terry Shortt

Bradford

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Donations tell story

In 1975 the federal government created the Federal Election Commission to administer and enforce the laws governing the financing of federal elections. Part of their work is to accurately track and report receipt of contributions by political candidates. According to their records, our senators received campaign contributions between 2005 and 2009 from the following sources:

Sen. Collins: $350,169 from health care professionals, $252,848 from paid lobbyists, and $241,850 from the insurance industry.

Sen. Snowe: $175,074 from health care professionals, $166,585 from the insurance industry and $126,911 from paid lobbyists.

I’m not a gambler, but I’d bet that truly meaningful health care reform doesn’t stand a chance of passage with this group.

Brent Slater

Bangor

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Cost of hunger

Since I didn’t see it mentioned in the BDN’s fine story about feeding the hungry, I wonder if the problem would be alleviated if grocery store prices were not so exorbitant and outrageous.

Connie Seavey

Northeast Harbor

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Bring troops home

Mr. Obama ran for president on a platform that contained issues that I found myself in sympathy with and several I was diametrically opposed to.

One of the issues I supported was to get us out of Iraq and Afghanistan. I would like him to keep his promise and bring home all our troops, close all bases and remove all contractors from both countries.

The price our troops are paying after many redeployments is horrendous mentally and physically and must stop.

The “CBS Evening News” has reported that with the approval of additional troops being sent to Afghanistan within a year, there will be more than 100,000 servicemen and -women in that area — Vietnam all over again.

This thing has been botched from the beginning and there is no end in sight. Afghanis don’t want us there and do not desire a democratic government such as we have. They have always been a tribal society and always will be. Their values are not the same as ours and neither side is more correct than the other, just different.

The question becomes, just what are we doing there? Many reports indicate that al-Qaida is not there; if true, then what are we doing there?

Just who is profiting and are those corporations paying or are U.S. taxpayers going to continue to get stuck with the bill far into the future?

Are our troops going to continually be placed in harm’s way over and over?

The president needs to keep his promise and bring them all home now.

James Landry

Frankfort

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Pay cut for Congress

I sent an email to Maine’s senators and representatives suggesting they consider taking a 10 percent pay cut to show they are willing to share the pain so many people are feeling.

Congress has the best health care possible, but there has been no indication they really relate to the ordinary citizen. A pay cut would be a powerful symbolic gesture that they are willing to share our distress. I hope they respond to this suggestion.

Boyd Palmer

Salsbury Cove

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Girls won’t be boys

Regarding Sarah Smiley’s Nov. 30 column: There is a saying around here that goes, “Just because a cat has her kittens in the oven doesn’t make them biscuits.”

Sarah Smiley’s growing up with and living with a bunch of males certainly doesn’t make her “one of the guys.” It sounds like she’s trying too hard with the “clone troopers,” “love songs … lump in the throat,” and the “football costumes.”

She came closest with the “blue poop” reference but erred by saying it in front of all the parents. Now if she’d told Ford about the blue coloring and let him clue his friends in, well, that might have made her a little more guy-like.

I’m siding with Dustin on this debate.

And by the way, men wear trousers not pants, so you hitched up the waist of your trousers. As my father, a career Marine, said, “Only girls and sailors wear pants.”

John Nickerson

Belfast

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