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Jan. 22 Letters to the Editor

Define human being

Peter Rees in a letter to the editor published Jan. 16-17 resorted to a very narrow definition of a human being in order to justify his pro-abortion stance. Rather than a “potential human being,” a newly conceived human is a human with much potential. Every human being is unique from the moment of her conception. Growth and development is a continuum.

A potential human being would suggest a form without an identity. That is not the case with a newly conceived human. A newly conceived human is unique from the first moment of conception. Her very DNA can be used to identify her.

Human life begins when a human sperm penetrates a human egg cell and the DNA combine. One cell divides to form two which divides into four, etc. Cells differentiate, form organs and organ systems. After several months, this human, sensing that the womb cannot contain her any longer, begins the process of birth, which is only a change of place.

She still has much growing to do before she is a mature adult. Her brain will not be fully formed until about the age of 25 at which time, it will begin the slow process of dying along with all the other organs and organ systems.

A unique human being is formed at the moment of conception. The gradual process of growing as well as dying continues throughout life. The only true and realistic approach to defining a human being is to look at the continuum from conception to a natural death.

Jean Barry



Grinding, adult amnesia

I am a senior at Bangor High School, play varsity sports and am a class leader. I have attended many dances in my career at BHS and have grinded at every one. We do not simulate sex on the dance floor. That term grossly overstates what we do. A guy and a girl stand back to front and bounce side to side with the beat of the music. Yes, the male’s crotch does touch the girl’s behind. When a guy and a girl hug, her chest touches his so maybe hugging should be banned from BHS as well until a good alternative can be found.

All four of our school-sponsored dances so far this year were chaperoned by teachers and faculty and there were no issues.

No chaperones had a problem with how we were dancing until after the fact.

Nobody was ever asked to leave the dance based on suggestive behavior. So if there were no problems at the dance, why are there now?

Most of our parents know what we’re doing and see nothing wrong with it. We have parent-chaperoned dances about once a month. In fact, our school semiformal is chaperoned by parents. Lots of grinding goes on with no issues. Hundreds of students attend and everybody is safe and has a great time.

Give us dances. Let us grind within reason. Don’t take away prom. Please. When did the administration forget what it’s like to be a teenager and just have fun?

Bud Angst



More coyote hunting

In the last week, there have been a few letters to the editor on coyote hunting. The white-tailed deer population is decimated and is getting worse year by year. There are those who will say this is due mainly to the loss of habitat. How about the survival of the white-tailed deer?

I wonder if these same liberals that want to stop the coyote contest want to stop fishing derbies, too.

One letter quotes Gerry Lavigne as saying that at least 70 percent of the coyotes could be removed annually.

Now I will really let the cat out of the bag, although liberals and some others will find it abhorrent. The state needs to take a more active role than its recent report which basically does nothing to control the coyote population.

If you think that coyotes are victimized, ask the family of the young lady in Nova Scotia who was killed by a coyote. Or maybe we should capture coyotes and let them go in southern Maine.

The reason for these contests is to reduce the coyote population. The Sportsmen’s Alliance of Maine needs to take a more active role in these hunts, as well as the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Bruce F. Leavitt



Horses, common sense

Just a comment on the OpEd in the Jan 16-17 BDN by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar — in the first place, he’s a questionable choice to be the person in charge of the nation’s wildlands and wildlife. A Western rancher? No doubt that accounts for his defense of the roundup of wild horses in the western plains as “controlling the herds” for their own good.

Nonsense. Thousands of wild horses are being rounded up to be shipped to Mexico and Canada for slaughter and in ways too horrific to describe here. This has been going on for years. A bill that would end this commerce passed the House in a bipartisan vote, but its companion in the Senate remains gridlocked in committee. Lobbyists from the American Quarter Horse Association and even the American Association of Equine Practitioners are bombarding politicians with misinformation.

Where money is to be made, compassion and common sense cease to exist.

Can Sens. Snowe and Collins take a little time away from the health care issue to bring their influence to bear on ridding our country of this cruel and unnecessary traffic? Let’s ask them.

Cherie Mason



Dictionary check

This is a comment concerning the letter to the editor by Peter Rees in the Jan. 16-17 edition of the Bangor Daily News titled “Check your dictionary.” He questions how, by definition, an embryo or fetus can be called a human being.

I checked my Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, page 371. I quote one of the definitions of embryo; “the developing human individual from the time of implantation to the end of the eighth week of conception.” That sounds like a little person to me.

Mr. Rees states, “Of course a human embryo is a potential baby, as a hen’s egg is a potential chicken, but people don’t say they had scrambled chickens for breakfast.” I submit that if a hen were given the chance to sit a couple weeks on a fertilized egg and the contents of the egg were dumped into a frying pan, I believe Mr. Rees would realize he was having scrambled chicken for breakfast when he had to pick two chicken feet and a beak out of his plate.

One does not need to be a person of faith to realize our insurance premiums should not be funding abortions.

Mike Marshall


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