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June 11 Letters to the Editor

Oil moratorium wrong

Obama’s six-month moratorium on deep oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is folly. Those big rigs, along with skilled workers and endless shore-support facilities will move.

Labor and capital can’t remain idle that long. Out of 50,000 gulf wells, only one has had a bad spill. This will mean a big rise in “foreign oil” and a big cutback in “domestic oil.”

Richard C. Hill

Old Town


Machines understood

Let’s be totally clear about the machines the Penobscot Nation wants to place in its bingo hall. The tribe’s machines are ticket dispensers with predetermined outcomes, a finite profit, based on a set number of tear-open tickets placed in the dispensing machine with a ticket dispensed each time the machine is played.

The tribe’s machines do not have a random generator that arbitrarily picks a winner, how much and when; that’s a slot machine.

Because the tribe’s machines have bells and whistles and look like slot machines does not make them slot machines by definition of Maine state law, something the Maine State Police, with the encouragement of Hollywood Slots, refuse to acknowledge was created by collusion between the two parties.

Maine State Police Lt. Bowler’s position that the tribe only recently came to the Maine State Police concerning the tribe’s legislation is absolutely untrue. The tribe has been discussing its intentions with the MSP and provided demonstrations of the machines for more than two years, and now that it is evident that the tribe has been successful in passing the legislation, the state police have morphed into the protector of the Penn National-Hollywood Slots monopoly.

Nobody should be fooled by what is going on here.

Tim Love

Penobscot Nation


Motherhood and God

Jessica Valenti’s OpEd column on “Sarah Palin’s fake feminism” (BDN, June 7) is typical bullying from the left, liberal Democrats in this country. Constantly we are berated by their intellectual champions and this time, the topic was feminism. While Valenti goes on and on about how naive some women are responding to Sarah Palin’s interpretation of feminism, in the end she identifies herself as a pro-abortion progressive.

By defining feminism as “social justice movement” she shows her progressive stripes. Her argument that having a pro-life ethic means you support the oppression of women is ludicrous. Part of Sarah Palin’s message is that you can be pro-life and at the same time stand up for and be an example of the empowered woman. It is the empowered woman who can choose for herself if the right to exterminate a fetus is a benefit to the individual or society as a whole.

Empowered women (like empowered men) will not always agree on every social issue. Some will support Palin and the Republican platform, andothers will not. Palin is not “shilling for votes” or “turning the feminist movement into a slogan.” She is helping redefine the term for it to become more inclusive (and empowering) for the majority of women. These women resent being told by feminist leaders how to think. I also argue this resentment would not be there if the feminist movement would embrace women who value femininity, motherhood and God.

Bil Weidner



The ‘F’ words

Bravo to the Penobscot Theatre’s production of “The Underpants”!

To the entire production, I give the following rating: 3 F’s! F for fantastic, F for fabulous, F for funny.

Be sure to see it before it is gone.

Sally Pendleton



Start young

It was great to read in a recent edition of the BDN about Maine’s retired generals spending time reading to Bangor pre-K students and talking about the need for all kids in Maine to receive high-quality early education opportunities.

As a police chief, I also recognize that at-risk kids who attend high-quality early learning programs are less likely to become involved in the criminal justice system as adults. Research studies back this up.

A long-term study of Michigan’s Perry Preschool found that by age 40, children who did not attend the high-quality program were seven times more likely to be arrested for possession of dangerous drugs, four times more likely to be arrested for drug felonies, and twice as likely to be arrested for violent crimes than those who participated.

Today, too many young people turn to crime instead of college or a career. Access to high-quality early learning gives at-risk kids the positive social development and learning skills that will propel them to a more successful life — instead of a life behind bars.

Mark Leonard

chief of police



Boos, not cheers

Sorry, Edwin Dean, I am not ready to give three cheers for the bailout (“Let’s give three hurrahs to big bank bailouts,” May 27 BDN column). The bailout should have never been necessary.

Yes, when the financial fires started, the fire department responded as expected. However, there was no bravery on the part of Bernanke and Paulson; they were only following the lessons learned from the Great Depression.

Giving three cheers for the bailout misses the point of why we had to have a bailout in the first place. If there is a need to cheer, it should be for politicians who have the guts to stand up to the big banking interests and promote and enforce regulations that prevent the need for bailouts.

Was the bailout money manna that fell down from heaven? The bailout was taxpayer money. Someday the banks will pay back the loans. But who is paying back the people who lost jobs, businesses and homes because of the banks’ irresponsible management? Not the banks, and not Mr. Bernanke and not Mr. Paulson!

I am still booing the government regulators who never did their jobs and the bank managers who allowed their brokers to gamble with the public’s money, which then caused the recession. I am not ready to cheer until we have a banking system we can trust and won’t need bailout money from the pockets of the public.

Tom LaCrosse

St. David


The oil addiction

In her June 6 letter “No dirty bailout,” Bettina Bergoo talks about oil and how dirty it is. Just about all of Maine has oil furnaces. The oil companies deliver the oil. Until Bergoo and others wake up, it will continue.

How about natural gas? Costs less and is readily available to Maine. Oh, trying to change things here again. Not good. Let’s stay in the early 1900s. Go back to horse and buggy, wells, land liens, wood stoves and fireplaces (They don’t pollute, not much) and keep the dirty oil furnaces.

As long as people use oil furnaces, we keep the addiction to oil. Don’t forget to park the car and walk. People, you’re using oil and polluting the air.

Sandy Keith



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