Feb. 17 Letters to the Editor

Posted Feb. 16, 2010, at 5:03 p.m.

Muslims and modesty

Isn’t it ironic?

In the Feb. 12 edition of the Bangor Daily News is an article written by Niraj Wariko with the headline, “Airport machines defy modesty, Muslims say.”

Haven’t we needed to institute airport security because of these same people?

Dr. Edwin Bruno

Bangor

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The tapes don’t lie

From what I have seen and heard from a lot of Bangor city councilors, Councilor Hal Wheeler was wise to record what is said at meetings. There seems to be a lot of “I didn’t say that,” or “I meant to say” excuses on what was really said and meant.

Keep up the good work, Mr. Wheeler; people should be held accountable for what they say and do. There are times when one needs proof.

Dennis G. Brawn Sr.

Abbot

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Double standard

Anything unborn, just born, small and helpless awakens in us the instinct to protect, and gives us at the same time the power to give or take this life. And so it is indeed a noble effort to protect the unborn. In order for this unborn creature to live a free and healthful life it becomes, therefore, our obligation to give it a world that can sustain it.

Women, who bring forth life, ask for the mere right to be able to abort safely those for whom they cannot provide such world. Yet men make laws that prohibit and deny this right.

What I find ironic is the fact that all these men claim to be ordered by their God, by whatever name, and they claim their God is peace-loving and kind, compassionate and just.

But I see men raping, torturing, destroying and killing with the most horrific weapons of mass destruction, and mothers and children suffering abuse, hunger and homelessness.

Maybe TV networks should show us what cluster bombs, depleted uranium, white phosphorus, drones, waterboarding and mountain top removal do to those of us who are alive and living this hell.

Death as such is the ultimate gift from the Goddess. All who believe a woman should not have the right to abort safely what she cannot provide for should feed the hungry, house all the homeless, care for all the wounded, sick and dying, and shall never rape, abuse or kill any living creature.

Ivy Lobato

Belfast

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Save the railroad

It is imperative that rail service to Aroostook County be preserved.

When the recession actually ends and new housing starts return to normal levels, those mills in Sherman, Masardis, Ashland and other locations will not be viable without rail as an option.

The state of Maine needs to purchase the track, bridges, rights-of-way and other improvements from the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic for net salvage value. That is the amount the railroad would receive if the infrastructure were abandoned. A lease and operating agreement could be written that would include payments from the railroad to the state, which increase as carloads increase.

Robert Davids

St. Albans

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Research rockweed

Thanks to Ms. Mack for the Feb. 12 article about rockweed harvesting. It confirms what many of us suspected, namely, that we don’t know what impact the removal of rockweed is having on the marine ecosystem and the fishing industry, and a lot more research is needed.

That raises two questions: If research is so important, why did the Department of Marine Resources push for such a small harvesting fee to fund research and enforcement? And if we know so little, why do we allow large-scale cutting at all? Perhaps we ought to ask Oregon, Washington and New Hampshire why they’ve banned it.

One is tempted to suspect that it’s another case of an aggressive industry coming into a rural area such as New Brunswick or Maine assuming that the people are too unsophisticated and desperate for jobs to fight back and that the government will be compliant.

As a landowner on Cobscook Bay I am concerned about its ecosystem, but if I lived in Patten or Presque Isle it would still be important. Maine’s future depends on the quality of its natural heritage, and we can’t afford to conduct irresponsible experiments with it. No industrial-scale rockweed cutting should be permitted unless and until proper research shows that it won’t damage the ecosystem.

Ken Ross

Robbinston

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We expect leadership

I have sympathy for Sen. Olympia Snowe in her current dilemma. A popular and influential senator, she seems to be caught between her conscience and her party.

It was apparent through her hard work with Sen. Max Baucus months ago that she was nearly on board for health care legislation. She seemed to have reservations concerning the public option, but that, as it turned out, was eliminated from the final Senate bill.

Yet she did not vote for it. Apparently the senator was acting under pressure from her party leadership to vote no and not acting from her conscience. I wonder if Sen. Snowe understands the cynicism in the public mind that flows from this kind of behavior?

I know that Sen. Snowe understands the benefits that will come to Mainers through this legislation. I am lucky to be able to afford health insurance, but there are many in this state who cannot and are one severe illness away from losing their homes and savings.

This legislation will go a long way toward providing health and economic security to most Mainers.

Sen. Snowe must make it known that she will support health care legislation now in the interest of the people she represents and not oppose it in the interest of her party’s failed agenda. What we need and expect from the senator is leadership.

Chris Baker

Sedgwick

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Charleston in a binder

I am very excited about the Three Ring Binder project. I live in Charleston just past the Corinth line, and we do not have broadband here.

If this new project can bring broadband to more small towns than FairPoint can, then what is the problem? I realize that it would be competition, but maybe that would be a good thing. Try to get on the Internet with dial-up and you will see why I am just hoping I too can soon enjoy surfing the Internet at a speed that lets me actually watch videos.

I hope the Three Ring Binder Project includes us in Charleston.

Tammy Jackson

Charleston

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