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April 21 Letters to the Editor

Proud Catholic

This is in response to the March 29 letter to the editor, “Ashamed Catholic.” I was surprised the writer hasn’t realized yet how much the truth is revered by the Catholic Church, especially after the last November referendum.

It wasn’t the church that reneged on the Voices for the Homeless program; it was the program itself that caused the loss of the church support. If the contract between the church and the program had not been broken then, all of the church still would be giving its support gladly.

There are many truths the church holds vehemently to; one is its pro-life beliefs, the other is its position on same-sex marriage. The church had no intention of standing in judgment on the last referendum but rather making a stance on truth.

Yes, caring for the poor and homeless is one of our greatest Christian priorities, but the ultimate priority of the church is to uphold and never compromise the truth. The program compromised itself through politics and preferences and my sympathy goes out to the poor and homeless.

Peter Pinette



Priests should marry

I am a devoted, practicing Catholic, but there are issues in the church I do not agree with including not allowing priests to marry. Other faiths allow their clergy to marry, and there are very few, if any, child abuse cases in these churches.

If priests were allowed to marry, I personally feel there would be a sharp drop in child abuse and pedophilic cases.

The church today is too strict and living in archaic times by man-made laws from ancient times. After all, most of the followers of Jesus, the Apostles, were married, and if that was all right with Jesus why not us?

The world is changing, and the church must change with it if it is to have any followers at all.

Fewer young men are entering the seminary today.

Another issue is women should have the right to take a more active part in church affairs. I don’t expect to see a woman priest in my lifetime, but maybe someday.

I would be interested in hearing the views of other faithful Catholics, like myself, on this issue.

Barbara Lampedecchio



Memories and onions

So much has been written and discussed in the past few weeks centering on a Bangor icon, The Coffee Pot. What people are forgetting is that it isn’t really all about the “sandwich.” Sure, they were the best, but truly it was the experience.

How many of us marveled at Skip’s figuring in his head how much a customer owed for the order; how many of us were amazed about who you would encounter while standing in line for a sandwich; and how many more of us would slowly drive by the Coffee Pot to gaze at the line outside, question whether to stop or not and, of course, you always did.

When you try to decide whether or not you should go buy a sandwich at all the new, copycat establishments, remember it is the experience that can never, ever be duplicated, not just a sandwich. The Rist family and the experience are what will forever be missed, not the bread, the meat, and of course, the onions.

Marlene K. Susi



Puzzled by Tea Party

I’m hard-pressed to determine what drives the Tea Party folk.

When I was a young man in the early 1950s, we Americans had survived a world war, fed the city of Berlin, our returning GIs had begun to go to college and the nation was united. There was a sense that we could do anything, and we were unafraid.

Today, since Ronald Reagan killed organized labor and started the erosion of protective regulations, we are now afraid.

Your job may leave shortly for Bangladesh. China may call in its loans. Until the health care bill, your insurance could refuse to pay your claims or not insure you at all. Now that’s against the law.

About three months ago, Sen. Olympia Snowe was asked how she was going to vote on the bill, and said she was going to ask her providers. She did, and they must have said “no.”

That’s what the Republicans do. Vote “no.” No matter what President Barack Obama asks for or the Democrats propose that might help most of us, they vote no. They are terrified when Democrats do well because if they do, Republicans will end up on the trash heap of history.

In addition to saying “no,” they have added character assassination and not-so-subtle racial slurs. The strategy uses the incipient bigotry of some to manipulate the ill-educated to further the goals of the corporations. As long as they keep these people ignorant and fighting with those of us who know better, they’ll keep smiling and counting the money.

James I. Scroggy

Blue Hill



Exactly how petty can the state of Maine get? How does shutting down the senior Bingo games at local McDonald’s restaurants sound? That’s right.

Picture this: 15 to 20 “regular” senior customers getting together and playing an hour of free Bingo, for Dollar Store prizes provided by the owners.

Most expensive prizes? A free meal ticket or coupon book.

What’s next, Gov. Baldacci? Closing down the senior citizen club and nursing home games, because the state’s not getting a cut? Pretty cheap of Maine, don’t you think?

The senior players at the Bucksport McDonald’s thank you.

Maryann Wescott



Shakespeare speaks

The Tea Party reminds me of a line from “Macbeth.”

“It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

David Calder



Rethink Belfast complex

I think it is time more residents in Waldo County paid attention to the Waldo County commissioners’ plans for a 10,750-square-foot building in Belfast in a residential area. What will the true costs be? Is it necessary? Why this whole law enforcement complex in the middle of a residential neighborhood? And near schools?

Why not a reassessment of the whole idea with a meeting of all affected to consider a new complex on the 100 acres on Route 52 owned by the county. I envisage a place with good recreational facilities and a large garden in addition to offices. The land on Congress Street should really be returned to the tax rolls.

Jane Sanford



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