March 9 Letters to the Editor

Posted March 08, 2010, at 7:04 p.m.

Get Gaza perspective

It seems very one-sided for the Bangor Daily News to publish the semiregular OpEd communications from Anav Silverman describing, as victims, the citizens of Sderot where real estate prices have climbed 20 percent to 30 percent in the last year and 1,400 new houses are under construction.

In all fairness, the BDN needs to offer the same opportunity to residents of Gaza so they get a chance to tell about living conditions in Gaza. I’m guessing the real estate values in Gaza haven’t gone up quite as much.

Janet M. Alexander

Old Town

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Nostaglia’s cost

The present economic crisis spurs government and its representatives to take actions they haven’t had the fortitude to tackle before.

Why haven’t schools been closed when they become costly and inefficient before a tax and funding crisis occurs? Why do towns such as Greenville and Newport need two post offices? I suspect there are other towns that have unnecessary post offices or closely spaced facilities. The world changes and nostalgia should not impede progress.

Brian Hanson

St. Albans

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Transgender solution

Despite the hysteria over what to do about bathroom accommodations in schools (“Panel defers on transgender rules for schools,” BDN, March 2) please understand that we are talking about children, kids born different than the norm. We can adjust.

Why not ask the children what bathroom they want to use. This would be a good time to discuss, in a simple, nonembarrassing manner, a little sex-ed to help everyone understand life and living.

If you can’t quite grasp the thought of a sexual matter in school, then try to imagine yourself as a transgender child — having a female body but you feel like a male or vice versa. This is very confusing to the child and history shows us those children get made fun of, beat up and can suffer countless atrocities just because they are perceived as being different.

All of us need to help these children by understanding the gift of life and getting along.

Karen Dean

Brownville

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Protect our jobs

It’s called “protectionism” for a reason.

“The foreman says these jobs are going, boys and they ain’t coming back.” Remember that line from Bruce Springsteen’s song “My Hometown”? It was recorded in 1984 and as people are finally starting to realize, Springsteen was right on.

We’ve lost our jobs by the millions and they ain’t coming back, but it wasn’t an accident. While we worked, our representatives signed us up for NAFTA and CAFTA, removed trade barriers and tariffs and brought us into the World Trade Organization — all of which undermined the American worker.

For big corporations, moving jobs overseas has meant access to cheap labor, lower environmental standards, the elimination of employee pensions and huge profits. For the American worker, it has meant the highest unemployment rates since the Great Depression, lower wages across the board and a lower standard of living.

U.S. government officials, multinational corporations and central bankers the world over agree, anyone who is in favor of measures to stop the mass exodus of U.S. jobs is a protectionist and protectionists are bad. Any honest discussion involving meaningful job creation in the U.S. has to begin with policy changes that protect the American worker from competing head to head against worldwide slave labor. That means bringing back tariffs on imports, repealing NAFTA and canceling our membership in the World Trade Organization.

John Hafford

Millinocket

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Problem solved

As for restrooms in schools and elsewhere: If he looks like a boy and acts like a boy, and if he dresses like a boy and is built like a boy, he uses the boys restroom. If she looks like, acts like and if she dresses like and is built like a girl, she uses the girls restroom.

Why? Because a girl can’t use the urinals and boys pee on the seats.

’Nuf said.

Norman Withee

Searsmont

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Lay off private sector

The March 3 letter by Jerry Call of South Thomaston, “Government solution,” has it all wrong. The entitlement mentality we live in is a dangerous precipice. It is not the government’s responsibility to ensure health care for its citizens, lest we become subjects.

The fact is, health care is not a right, it is a commodity such as car insurance, a television, an automobile or your dinner. You, the consumer, should indeed demand the government fulfill its “obligation” to stop interfering in the private sector and let capitalism flourish.

Individual success is not guaranteed by government nor can it be provided by government. The Constitution and Bill of Rights strictly limit the powers granted to the federal government, and directs any and all powers to the states, respectively.

The federal government has no authority to demand that its citizens participate in this proposed health care debacle. Never in the history of our nation have its citizens been required to purchase anything, as this is antithetical to the notion of individual liberty. It is, in fact, unjust, irresponsible and unconstitutional.

As the electorate, we have an obligation — a responsibility to be honorable stewards with the freedom and liberty with which we have been entrusted.

James Madison wrote, “We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.” Be careful what you wish for with a government solution — you might just get it.

Dan Wyles

Alton

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FairPoint’s foul

In arguing against the “Three Ring Binder” broadband project, FairPoint continues to claim that it duplicates its fiber-optic network. What it doesn’t point out is that most of FairPoint’s network is incapable of providing broadband service to the communities it serves.

For example, I see their map showing coverage all up and down Route 1 but we live on Route 1 in Gouldsboro and cannot get service; neither can most of the people in Gouldsboro where their map shows coverage. The fact that the network runs to and through many communities to be covered by the “Three Ring Binder” doesn’t mean that consumers can get broadband service or that there is any firm commitment to provide it in the future.

FairPoint’s efforts to stall the project in hopes of killing it is foul, not fair.

Jim Close

Gouldsboro

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