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June 12-13 Letters to the Editor

No support for Israel

In response to Joe Clements’ letter “Support Israel” (BDN, June 9), I say we should absolutely not support Israel. It has become fashionable, especially among the “second coming crowd,” or the “Armageddon set,” to hasten the rebuilding of the Temple of the Mount, by “supporting Israel, no matter what atrocities it heaps upon its cousins in Palestine, and bring about the end of the world.

The fact that Yahweh continually demanded sacrifices, and promoted the killing of women and children is enough to warrant condemnation. I’m reminded of Deuteronomy 20:16 and 17 wherein Yahweh allegedly tells “his chosen” : “Thou shalt not leave anything alive that breatheth, and thou shalt utterly destroy them.” Not the kind of holy instruction one has come to expect from a just and loving God.

Clements’ vernacular of “hippies” and “peaceniks” is telling. He needs to be reminded that Jesus was a man of peace and a rabbi.

When Mr. Clements says “America is doomed,” he may not be far off from credulity. Israel has repeatedly mocked any attempts to bring it into line with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. There is a double standard when it comes to the amount and number of nuclear warheads that Israel and the U.S. are allowed to possess, while they beat their chests about Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already threatened the world should public sentiment swing too far towards Palestine. Israel has the capability to pulverize a good portion of the world, and is moving rapidly towards a self-fulfilling prophecy of world domination under its new Messiah.

Richard Dyer


Missing something?

Let me get this straight, on Tuesday I pick up the BDN and read the state will be facing an $85 million deficit.

Today I pick up the paper and read all four bonds passed to the tune of $100 million plus.

Am I missing something?

Philip Henderson


Do what is right

I am writing in response to the letter by Joe Clement (BDN, June 9). Mr. Clement stated the case so well that I can hardly add to it. I just want to echo his remarks and also state that I too strongly support Israel and pray for the safety of her people. I also pray that we as a country will wake up and reaffirm our commitment to Israel’s defense. God bless Israel and God help America to do what is right.

Jill Hoyt


Upping the ante

Clifton town officials, Wind Energy Task Force citizens and would-be wind energy entrepreneurs Paul Fuller and Mike Smith met recently to draft the Moratorium article for the June 17 special town meeting. Negotiated compromise wording drafted by Eric Johns and Peter Beckford was approved.

A letter sent to each Select Board member from Mr. Fuller, apparently with an offer of a “Community Tax Relief Payment” was discussed. Instead of his previous offer to donate land to the town for its own wind turbine, this offer is $5,000 per megawatt generating capacity per year for the life of the facility.

Discussion of tax implications ensued and Planning Board member Bill Rand (who had a phone conversation with Fuller earlier in the day) suggested that the money could be a “fee” written into the application. Earlier, when I had raised the issue of the town needing competent legal advice, I was told there was no money for it.

With the moratorium vote approaching, a big meaty bone is being offered to the hungry taxpayers of Clifton. Whether this offer represents a not so subtle bribe or a philanthropic gesture, the ante has been upped. Without legal advice, we are babes in the woods. Ethics and legalities ignored may come back to bite us. The town had $10,823.05 in its legal services reserve account on Jan. 31, 2010. If we don’t need to use some of it now, when?

Paula Kelso


Big trouble

Diane Cormier, the owner of Diva’s, thinks that nudity and alcohol are an OK mix. Who does she think believes that? That’s nothing more than a mixture for big trouble, really big trouble.

Bangor people let your counselors know that this is not okay and you don’t want it, never.

By the looks of the photo on the front page, she didn’t do much to help her cause.

Doug Pooler


LePage leads

It’s time for Maine to live up to its motto, “I direct.” We can lead our state and country out of the counterproductive left-right paradigm. Many have pledged allegiance to one or the other but are failing to see that our great country is disappearing before their eyes. Americans have become less prosperous, less free, less admired and less informed about the importance of having a constitutional republic rather than a pure democracy.

I admire Waterville Democrats for supporting a great leader in Republican Mayor Paul LePage. He has rewarded them by increasing Waterville’s fund balance tenfold and increasing the credit rating in the midst of an extended economic downturn. Can he have that same success statewide? Yes.

He achieved an overwhelming primary victory with a shoestring budget and a 100 percent volunteer workforce. He knows how to make a little money go a long way.

LePage worked hard to overcome poverty and inspires others to do the same. He is grateful for the help he received and will help others in need without setting them on a path to generational poverty and welfare dependency.

The so-called economic recovery is a cover-up financed by phantom money, backed up by nothing and producing practically nothing. When the census jobs go away and the stimulus money dries up there will be no more denying America’s tenuous financial position.

Maine can succeed in the midst of it all and come out ahead with a strong leader in Augusta. Who do you think that should be?

Jarrod LeBlanc


Trite sayings

After her victory for the nomination of the Democratic party to run for governor in the state of Maine, Libby Mitchell was quoted as saying, “Tonight speaks to the politics of hope and not fear, to the politics of bringing people together, not to the politics of division. We’ve had enough of it.” Apparently unaware that she had merely defeated fellow Democrats en route to the candidacy for governor, Mitchell launched into cliches and trite sayings seemingly aimed at her political opponents. The same night, the politics of division was chosen by the people of Maine in overturning the tax bill presented by the Democratic Legislature in Augusta. Let us continue to reject the standard operating procedure in Augusta, in “hope” of a better future.

Andrew Daneman


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