I feel I must respond to “Strange request” (BDN, March 31) about the speaker at the Old Town Tea Party meeting who did not want to be identified in the newspaper’s photo.
The gentleman who spoke at the gathering and asked not to be identified was speaking in character as the historical figure Jacob Broom. To preserve that illusion I imagine that he requested that his name not be used.
The exception I take to the letter is the last paragraph that states: “I am not afraid to identify myself as being totally opposed to the Tea Party.” This to me is a strange statement. The “TEA Party” (Taxed Enough Already) has based its platform on following the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and our Founding Fathers.
How can anyone be totally opposed to the Constitution, the basis of our republic? I believe progressives are indeed the ones who are opposed to following the Constitution. Does that make them traitors to the republic?
Love and charity
In your March 29 article, “Tea Party rally draws more than 400,” I was most interested in the “Nine Principles of the Maine Patriots,” particularly No. 2 (“I believe in God and he is the center of my life”) and No. 7 (“I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable”).
I’d suggest “God is the center of our lives” is more inclusive. I wonder how one living a life filled with God’s love could overlook verses in the Old and New Testaments that speak of charity or love. These include Micah 6:8: “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God”; Luke 10:27: “He [Jesus] answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself’”; and 1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (New Revised Standard Version). The King James version reads, “And now abideth faith, hope and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
I believe any group with God at the center of their lives would also wish to love all and be charitable to all. I attempt to listen to all lovingly, as one who strives daily to be a humble instrument of God.
Support clean energy
Forty years ago, nearly 20 million Americans participated in what was the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day was started to spotlight issues related to environmental degradation and the need to protect our planet.
Though much progress has been made in the four decades since its creation, this year we have little room to celebrate — Big Oil and corporate polluters continue to hold the reins of power in Washington. It’s time to redouble our efforts and convince lawmakers that our world cannot suffer another 40 years of environmental neglect, abuse and apathy.
Today, an overwhelming majority of Americans are ready to move in a new direction. We have the solutions and resources — we just need the political courage from members of Congress. We can revitalize our economy and create jobs by moving to a clean energy economy, enhancing our national security by lessening our dependence on foreign oil and cleaning our environment from harmful pollution.
As we approach the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, it’s time for the Senate to support a clean energy revolution.
Thanks, but no thanks
I feel Wayne Elkins’ frustration (BDN, April 5). We also live in an area where there should be more options than dialup Internet. But unlike Mr. Elkins’ case, Time Warner told us it was available to us but would cost us $3,800. Thanks, Time Warner, but I think we will pass.
Marnie Saunders Hitchcock
Another Net orphan
I read the letter titled “Belfast not an island” and it spoke to the situation we here in Northport, which borders Belfast, face.
FairPoint has not seen fit to include Northport as one of the towns it will provide DSL to, and Time Warner doesn’t want to include us as customers even though the town has 1,000-plus residents. Time Warner also brackets us, providing service to Lincolnville and Belfast.
We have spotty access to a wireless company that primarily takes care of Islesboro, a real island, but most of us cannot have that service.
As mentioned in the letter, it seems as if our senators and the governor, while praising those companies for rural expansion, should also urge them to take care of the rest of us living on a major access road such as U.S. Route 1.
A healthier Bangor
National Public Health Week 2010 has a special focus on public health’s critical role in making America healthier, one community at a time. Strong, healthy communities are dependent on strong public health systems across America, and that begins with our community.
Communities are not just residents who live together in the same neighborhood; communities are groups of people who work together for a common good.
Some communities plant gardens to create food security and recreational opportunities, while others work to ensure their homes are lead-free. Some communities advocate for safe roads and recycling programs.
The city of Bangor’s Department of Health and Community Services is putting community-based public health into practice.
In response to a report from the Maine Asthma Council that 10.7 percent of children in Maine have asthma, the city recently launched an in-home asthma education program.
This program seeks to provide asthma education, free of charge, to children up to age 18 in Greater Bangor.
Public health interventions are all around us, and provide important services to the community.
Did you know children are more likely to bike or walk to school, which increases their activity levels, in communities that have newly built or improved sidewalks, traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and bicycle paths? Or that taking a moment to receive (or give) a vaccination can be a lifesaver?
People in retirement communities are 27 percent less likely to be hospitalized and nearly half as likely to die from flu- or pneumonia-related complications if they receive yearly flu vaccinations.
For information visit nphw.org.
C. Shawn Yardley
Maine Public Health Association