June 9 Letters to the Editor

Posted June 08, 2010, at 7:29 p.m.

More than sin

I wish the pope and the bishops would realize that the Catholic priesthood gives the smart, educated and devious pedophiles a “godsend” good deal, including: a position of power, easy access to children, the trust of the faithful, a culture of secrecy and leniency if they get caught.

I wish the pope and the bishops would stop calling child sexual abuse a sin (too easily forgiven by confession). Sexual abuse is a crime punishable by imprisonment.

I wish the pope and the bishops would stop apologizing. The victims of child sexual abuse want justice. Without justice, the pope and the bishops’ repentance is sickening.

Robert Gossart

Salisbury Cove

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Richard Stone rocks

Hooray for Bangor Mayor Richard Stone. He has continuously advocated having a budget which would not require an increase in residents’ property taxes. With the exception of occasional support from two other councilors, he has had a lonely, uphill battle.

The other councilors have not yet realized that times are tough and most of the residents cannot afford to pay more in taxes. Those same councilors have systematically worked against Stone and have put back in the budget most of what the mayor identified as needed cuts.

All of this comes in a time when the cost of living actually decreased, but wages and retirement payments were frozen. I am greatly disappointed in the lack of fiscal responsibility on behalf of at least six of our councilors.

Frank Carr

Bangor

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Spare us

Oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico is clearly the greatest environmental catastrophe humans have caused in our nation’s history. This incident should dominate the front page every single day. It will cost us and our children a fortune to deal with.

Inform your readers of all available details of this unfolding tragedy. This is a priority.

Spare us several days of front-page coverage of a lost hiker, who unfortunately cost Maine taxpayers a modest fortune to find. This is trivia. Spare us further a detailed account of a hockey coach who will be making $170,000 of Maine taxpayer money to help a tiny handful of students play a game. That is truly outrageous.

Matt Drennan

Hulls Cove

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Divest from Israel

On Monday, May 31, Israeli naval vessels intercepted and boarded a flotilla of ships in international waters bound for Gaza carrying thousands of tons of humanitarian aid, including food, medicine, wheelchairs and construction materials. In the ensuing skirmish Israeli soldiers opened fire on the passengers, armed with sticks, killing more than 10 and wounding many more.

The flotilla, originating in Turkey, was attempting to run the illegal blockade of Gaza maintained by Israel over the past three years. The Israeli blockade has effectively imprisoned the million and a half residents of Gaza, starving them while destroying their water supply and electric generation.

The time is long overdue for a vigorous condemnation of Israel and the immediate withdrawal of the $3 billion of aid Israel receives from the United States each year. American Jews, and others who contribute billions more to this rogue state, should take notice of their contribution to its criminal behavior, and immediately divest funds.

Richard Stander

Stockton Springs

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Support Israel

While reading headlines this past week I can only assume the entire world has gone mad. To equate Israel as the villain and give the Palestinians victim status is laughable at best. For the world to call good evil and evil good, I have concluded the people of the world have lost their minds.

It seems the world wants to ignore the fact that Israel has a legitimate right to operate a naval blockade against a declared enemy.

Translated — no ships come or go out of Gaza without Israeli permission.

This so-called peace flotilla made up of hippie peace-nicks and Muslim terrorists had no intentions of bringing aid to Gaza. Fact is this flotilla’s intentions, with the blessing of the new radical Turkish government, was to provoke a confrontation with and get world condemnation of Israel, which these days appears easy to do.

Our own president only adds fuel to the fire by giving victim status and unwarranted legitimacy to the Palestinians. Just as American liberals love to play the race card, we now see the United Nations playing the Palestinian card.

An America that does not support Israel is an America doomed, and I hope we realize it before it’s too late. I strongly support Israel, and I hope you will, too.

Joe Clement

Van Buren

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RIP, Lee Atwater

“I was wrong to follow the meanness of Conservatism. I should have been trying to help people instead of take advantage of them. I don’t hate anyone anymore. For the first time in my life I don’t hate somebody. I have nothing but good feelings toward people. I’ve found Jesus Christ — it’s that simple. He’s made a difference.”

This is Lee Atwater’s deathbed confession after he had called Bush Democratic opponent Michael Dukakis to apologize and ask for forgiveness.

Atwater, who was President George H.W. Bush’s political strategist-consultant and Karl Rove’s mentor, ushered in the politics of destruction, which aims at completely destroying an opponent’s character. So vicious were Atwater’s tactics that he once was called “the most evil man in America.”

Unfortunately, it has contaminated most national campaigns for the past 30 years. The “scorched Earth” policy is largely to blame for the negative tone of most major campaigns and is at the root of the paralysis in the U.S. Congress and the inevitable low approval of politicians in general.

Compare this to the politics of mutual respect and cooperation once practiced in Washington. President Kennedy, a Northeast liberal Democrat, and Sen. Barry Goldwater, Southwest conservative Republican, had pledged to barnstorm the country together in the 1964 presidential election to discuss issues. Unfortunately, Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, and Goldwater lost in a landslide to Lyndon B. Johnson.

Atwater’s late conversion probably saved his soul. May he rest in peace.

Ross Paradis

Frenchville

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