April 15 Letters to the Editor

Posted April 14, 2010, at 8:16 p.m.

Teaching immorality

Imagine your daughter or granddaughter is forced to share a locker room with a teenage boy. After a complaint by a junior high boy who self-identifies as a girl, the Maine Human Rights Commission ruled that separating transgender boys from girls bathrooms, sports teams and even their locker rooms is discriminatory. But I warned you.

Last fall, I appeared on a Question 1 commercial cautioning parents on the increasing immorality in public education. The Maine Department of Education said that I was using “scare tactics” and “misinformation” because homosexuality is not a part of public school curriculum.

Author/sociologist Malcolm Gladwell says, “We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.” Parents and teachers know that we teach more by what we do than the words we say.

“This ruling is a huge step forward for a vulnerable population that is entitled to the full protection of the law,” said Zachary Heiden, legal director of the Maine Civil Liberties Union. Where is the “full protection” for girls to retain modesty, virtue, and self-respect? Where is the “full protection” for young men to keep their minds focused on education? Where is the “full protection” for parents to guard their children from sexual immorality and assault?

Every year more parents are turning to home-schooling and private schools to train and protect their children. Are you ready yet?

Charla Bansley

High School English teacher

Calvary Chapel Christian School

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Patriot principles

In her April 9 letter, Susan Yaruta-Young missed the point on the Maine Patriots’ Nine Principles. The seventh principle says, “I will share [what I have] with who I want to,” not, “I’m not going to share.”

Government-forced “charity” is not the only kind, and in fact, is not even true charity. True charity is born from love, a selfless desire to help others, not because we have to nor to receive some benefit in return.

When the people give to the government, they do so because they are required or forced to; when the government gives (or “redistributes”), well, it’s not for love.

Just because the Maine Patriots and others like them do not want to participate in government “charity,” does not mean they are not giving, out of love for God and for their fellow man.

A related issue is the idea that members of the Tea Party movement are racist and violent. To those who believe this, I’d like to ask why. Have you personally attended a tea party and witnessed racist or violent language and actions? Do you personally know someone belonging to the movement and witnessed such language/actions from them? Or do you believe this because the media and politicians say so?

If the last, maybe you should do some firsthand research. I know people in the movement, I’ve been to protests and talked to many others. Never have I heard or seen racism or violence. Maybe the left is confusing their own supporters with the tea partiers.

Sue Berryhill

Garland

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Essential ingredient

There is a lot of chatter about the new Coffee Pot Cafe opening this week. I had mixed feelings; I mean, who hasn’t lined up on State Street to savor one of these classic sandwiches.

I was saddened to read that Skip, the owner of the original Coffee Pot, was not pleased. I feel like the Coffee Pot Cafe is going about it all the wrong way. Yeah, everyone loved the sandwiches, but duplicating the menu, names and even the sign is a little disheartening and unoriginal.

“People think there’s some sort of different thing that makes them taste like they do,” said Whittaker, the new manager of Coffee Pot Cafe, in a recent BDN interview. “It just is what it is. I can’t wait to open.”

I grew up enjoying coffee pot sandwiches for many years; I never once had any encounters with Whitaker or Potter that I recall. The heart of the Coffee Pot was not about the old building, the authentic sign or desirable limited supply of sandwiches. It was about the genuine quality and dedication from Skip; he was the hardworking heart and soul of the business.

Having the audacity to say, “They’re back!! Coffee Pot sandwiches made the same way, by the same people” is misleading. I will always remember the Coffee Pot with a friendly man behind the counter with glasses, a white collared shirt, tie, and a welcoming smile. Skip Rist, you are missed dearly!

Sara Sherwood

Brewer

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