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July 15 Letters to the Editor

Less finger-wagging

I was disappointed to read Renee Ordway’s latest column devoted to shaming a few bad apples (“Welfare loopholes slowly close,” BDN, July 10). Ms. Ordway wants to be sure we know that some people will circumvent the rules in order to get what they want, even when what they need is food.

If the realities of poverty, hunger, joblessness and addiction are shaking her faith (as she suggests) I would recommend community service over finger wagging to help. Not only would it rebuild her faith in humanity, but there are many people in need who would be grateful for her kindness over her judgment.

Peggy Andrews



Enlist, don’t pose

I enjoyed seeing the Maine State Police Tactical Team on the front page of the July 9 paper.

I am glad to know that there are still people out there who like to play Army. Maybe they should enlist and do it for real before they parade for the cameras after an incident handled by an entirely different department.

Dan Lemik



Fraternity of greed

Kent Ward’s diatribe against elected officials (“Rebellion can be good for the soul” BDN, July 10-11) should not go without some comment.

Historians in future generations will be scratching their heads in bewilderment as they try to understand how it was that thousands of self-styled “patriots,” in the early 21st century, waving flags and placards, rose up in “rebellion” against the very men and women whom they elected in the first place.

The truth is that the real damage to them was not committed by elected officials at all, but by “captains of industry.” The combination of greed, mismanagement and sheer cluelessness in the private sector, exhibited by the leadership of Enron, Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Citibank, AIG and most recently British Petroleum, has brought about more misery than all the crimes, real or imaginary, committed by elected officials.

But Tea Party “activists” and others rarely carry signs denouncing the fraternity of greed that drove our economy into the ditch. They would rather repeat the pseudo-populism of Wall Street Journal editorials, talk show “hosts” and half-baked conspiracy theorists.

No, Adlai Stevenson had it right years ago when he said, “Your public servants serve you right.” As did William Shakespeare: “The fault … lies not in our stars, but in ourselves.”

Lynn Parsons



Protection for all

On April 29, 2009, my family had the privilege of testifying before the Legislature on behalf of marriage equality. The day was very inspiring for us. People from all walks of life and all age groups testified. The Legislature must have been equally inspired because the measure passed.

When the measure went to the referendum ballot, we lost by a very small margin, but like us, the issue is not going away.

Both sides planned rallies in Augusta this week.

I would encourage everyone to keep in mind what the issues really are.

Many same-sex couples have lived together for years with the same worries as everybody else. They deserve the same protection that comes from a legal marriage.

Jeanette Rediker

Fort Fairfield


No sunshine patriot

I would like to comment on the article by Sharon Kiley Mack headlined, “Open-carry enthusiasts meet at Acadia” (BDN, July 12).

Not being a sunshine patriot, I spontaneously drove eight hours round-trip and endured the inclement weather. I attended the event as a way to support the Bill of Rights. I brought along my 4-year-old grandson and regretted that I could not bring my other six grandchildren.

The right to self-protection is not a political privilege, but one of the inalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence. In my opinion (and that of our Founders), the right to life is granted by God.

My purpose for attending the picnic was not to consume the usual summertime fare. Instead of my belly, the words spoken that day fed the spirit of liberty. With the U.S. flag unfurled and despite the heavy rain, I took great pride in participating.

George Montee

Fort Fairfield


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