Feb. 22 Letters to the Editor

Posted Feb. 21, 2010, at 4:12 p.m.

Real recession causes

In all the analysis we constantly hear about the causes of the bad U.S. economy, the three biggest factors are never mentioned.

Our jobs never started to get outsourced to China until President Bush pushed the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, which originally had been intended only for North America. As The New American magazine stated: “NAFTA was so successful [at ruining the U.S. economy] that Bush decided to add the Central American Free Trade Agreement [CAFTA] to it!”

Has there been any outcry from us citizens to get NAFTA and CAFTA repealed by Congress? I never have heard of any. Have you?

When Congress demanded the Federal Reserve to fully account for all the huge bailouts, the Federal Reserve refused, stating unbelievably that it is not a part of the American government and not accountable to us. In fact, the Federal Reserve is a cartel of foreign bankers, such as the Bilderburgers and the Rothschilds, that has dictated the U.S. economy since Wilson signed it into law in 1913. No wonder no one in Congress batted an eyelash. Why didn’t we?

”The Creature From Jekyl Island,” written by G. Edward Griffin, depicts the seven reasons we need to abolish the Federal Reserve. Our national debt is largely the result of the interest that the U.S. is charged by the foreign bankers that own it for printing our own money. No wonder globalism is destroying American sovereign-ties from within. We were bought and sold in 1913.

Robert Bruce Acheson

Dixfield

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Abortion and abuse

The letter by Ivy Lobato of Belfast, “Double standard” (Feb. 17) speaks of men who abuse, men who kill, and women who suffer homelessness, women who suffer abuse and women who ask for the mere right to abort.

Does she realize that 37.5 percent of abuse victims in the U.S. are men? That every 37 seconds a man is battered by a woman? Is she aware that single men comprise 44 percent of the homeless and single women only 13 percent?

The letter compares abortion to bombs, uranium and waterboarding. Are we not protecting our country from those that want to destroy us? Yet abortion is ripping the life away from an unborn creation who has absolutely no defense. My God condones justified war, not unjustified murder.

The letter says it is a woman’s right to choose. What about the man that played a part in that child’s creation? Has he no right?

There are so many options for someone who does not want a child.

Maybe the writer would feel differently had her mother wanted to abort her.

Kelly York

Kenduskeag

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Public policy, obesity

I am both pleased and excited to see the BDN’s support for Michelle Obama’s movement to combat the rising obesity in Maine and this country. As noted in the Feb. 1 OpEd article, “Spotlight on obesity,” we are the fattest state in New England.

It’s not just the distractions of digital technology and the overwhelming amount of transportation by car in a child’s life; there are other factors driving this epidemic, issues we need to resolve. The farm subsidies must be reformed, perhaps eliminated, to level the price playing field between nutritional produce and cheap indus-trial agriculture, which supplies the unhealthful food processors.

We are seeing the money of the people put directly in the hands of these junk food conglomerates that are using our money to advertising heavily and attempt to cement us with allegiance to their brand. It is a flawed system and is clearly affecting the health of our youth and residents in detrimental ways.

In the coming months I am eager to see the “Let’s Move” agenda of advocating changing the system to confront the circumstances surrounding the link between poverty and obesity and I applaud you for doing the same.

Patrick Kane

Bangor

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A concerned voice

While I am a passionate advocate for the environment, I am too often mistakenly referred to as an activist.

I have advocated for bears that are still being baited in Maine with jelly doughnuts and smelly fish before they are shot from tree stands. I have advocated for coyotes which, until recently, had been legally strangled by snares.

I am now advocating for mountaintops and habitat that will be destroyed, carbon sequestering trees that will be killed by the tens of thousands to make way for transmission lines, birds and bats that will die in the blades of turbines and the health of citizens who are being severely affected in Maine’s mad, ill-advised, rush for wind energy.

I am not an extremist, zealot or a radical as the word activist implies. I am simply a concerned voice (advocate) for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Bob Brooks

Montville

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Mills for Maine

I would like to highlight my support for state Sen. Peter Mills in his bid to be elected governor. A native of Farmington, Sen. Mills served honorably in the United States Navy from 1965 to 1970. Graduating second in the Maine Law School class of 1973, he has been the manager of his own law firm since 1982.

Peter has served the people of Maine in the Legislature since 1996, participating and chairing a host of committees too numerous to name. His fiscal conservative principles are highlighted by his 1999 campaign with the Labor Committee to overhaul Maine’s dubious unemployment compensation, among several other initiatives.

Peter is a fiscally conservative, socially moderate Yankee Republican who is not prone to ideological culture wars. He believes in a healthy balance between economic development and environmental conservation.

Republican success in Maine depends on crossover appeal, and I know Peter is that candidate. Visit his Web site at www.millsformaine.com.

Benjamin Holmes

Pittston

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Scrap health care bill

Americans haven’t been shy about declaring what’s wrong with the health care reform measure now before Congress. Priorities vary, but collectively they say it will raise taxes, cut patient care, kill jobs, cripple the economy, balloon the deficit, give too much power to the federal government and more.

The reform bill gets such a bad rap because these criticisms are valid. The best course of action may be to scrap it and begin again to fix what ails our health care system.

As a nation we face serious economic challenges. Responsible health care reform must acknowledge these challenges but not add to them.

Legislators should follow the physicians’ Hippocratic oath and “First, do no harm.”

This means reform must not penalize small business, burden an already struggling job market or slow economic recovery. It’s a tall order, especially as health care costs keep rising. But we can bring down those costs and keep the economy moving forward if we insist that reform increase insurance options, boost competition among carriers, eliminate government mandates for employer-provided coverage and enact tort reform.

Congress and the president should listen to the American people. They’ve made it clear they want to fix what’s gone wrong with our health care system and keep what we’ve gotten right. If that requires starting over again with fresh legislation, so be it.

Patricia Ek

Lee

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Tiger tales prevail

I am greatly relieved. With teabags flying, as well as a disgruntled pilot who chose to file his airplane with the IRS instead of his tax return, thank God the media have the ability to prioritize what is important in this country by making a major event out of Tiger Woods’ public apology.

It is truly important for us to keep abreast (pardon the pun) of the bedroom indiscretions of an athlete instead of listening to the rumblings of “revolution” being muttered by those sick of politicians more fond of playing king of the mountain than finding solutions to the economic mess that is our country.

While Rome burns, Tiger practices his chip shot.

Brilliant!

Lori Wingo

Bangor

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