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August 7 Letters to the Editor

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN

Senators in touch

While much of the Republican Party is out of touch with regular people, Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins have again shown their willingness to do the right thing by voting in the interest of Mainers. First, there was the vote in favor of financial reform legislation that will rein in the unchecked greed of Wall Street and protect consumers.

Next, there was the long-awaited vote in favor of extending unemployment benefits.

The Republican Party has refused to rein in the Wall Street executives who caused this financial crisis. Luckily Sens. Collins and Snowe stood with Mainers in voting for financial reform legislation that establishes strong consumer protections, curbs predatory lending, and ensures that big banks avoid dangerous financial risks. Or it might be better put, using a common sense approach.

As all of us know, the people who have been paying for Wall Street’s mess are regular working people, not CEOs. Millions are unemployed, and the Republicans yet again spent weeks blocking the passage of an extension to unemployment benefits. While they blocked the unemployment extension from moving forward, millions of unemployed workers lost the unemployment benefits that had helped them pay their rent or house payment and put food on the table for their families.

Thanks to Sens. Snowe and Collins for breaking ranks with their party and voting the right way. I hope they will continue to do so as we struggle to get out of this financial crisis.

Lance Raymond



Levesque for Congress

Ninety-four percent. That is the percentage of members in the U.S. House of Representatives who were re-elected in 2008. According to Opensecrets.org, since 1994 the chances of a representative being re-elected to another term in office never got worse than 90 percent.

Frankly, if the economy were producing jobs, the federal budget was under control and daily living expenses were reasonable, maybe we could live with career politicians. Yet by any measure it is obvious that these representatives have failed us.

This year, I urge all of my fellow Mainers to think about how important it is for our government to have citizen legislators who serve a few terms and come home to work and live among the people.

I plan on voting for Jason Levesque in the Second District congressional race this year. As a family man, business owner and veteran, Jason is the type of citizen we need who has a fresh perspective that can help solve many of our nation’s problems.

Mr. Levesque has pledged to end the deficit spending that will mortgage our children’s future, fight for real healthcare reform that makes sense, and work to give our small businesses the breathing room they need to start hiring employees again.

Mainers have the chance to send the message that they are in control and not the career politicians. Vote Jason Levesque for Congress.

Brian Hanish



Teach religion history

Yes, creationism should be taught in school. In a religious history class, certainly not in science class.

It should be taught along with the history of the world’s religions as they developed, going back to the Gilgamesh of the Persians, religions of the ancient Egyptians, the history of the Jewish religion (Old Testament of the Bible), the Christian religion (New Testament), the Islamic religion (Quran) along with the religions of the East with Buddhism, Hinduism and all the rest. And throw in the religions of the America’s as found by the Conquistadors in the New World.

This would put the Christian religious belief of creationism in perspective with the rest of the world’s religious beliefs, as they developed historically. This would let young people, with all the religions placed before them, make informed religious decisions for their own life.

I had a very strong Protestant religious education in my early life so I feel that I can make an educated statement about Christianity.

But my church allowed no other outside religious education that could influence my beliefs. This caused me to wonder that if my parents’ religion could not withstand any outside scrutiny, there must be something amiss. Then I got an education in math and science that has allowed me to understand the theories behind the development of the universe and the evolution of the earth with all its varied life forms up to the development of mankind. Science has proved evolution beyond doubt.

Larry Ferrell



Viable health programs

Thank you for Ben Dudley’s excellent column defending Medicare and Medicaid “July 30 should be celebrated” (BDN, July 30). Medicare and Medicaid are viable and necessary programs that supply medical care to a large segment of our population, not only here in Maine, but nationwide.

Without these programs we would all be paying more to supplement the costs that the uninsured populace incur. Medicare and Medicaid also cover the cost of “preventive” care, which left untreated would become vastly more expensive and unattainable for most. Hence, more money out of the pockets of those who have and pay for their health care.

Let’s not lose sight of the importance Medicare and Medicaid play in the solution of our health care issues.

Becky Foster



Progressives’ vitriol

Pat LaMarche might want to ponder Jesus’ question in the sermon on the mount: “Why do you seek to remove the speck from your brother’s eye when you do not see the log in your own eye?”

The sheer hypocrisy of singling out conservatives Limbaugh, O’Reilly and Beck as angry white people, while ignoring the vitriol that spews from progressives Keith Olberman, Chris Matthews, Rachael Maddow and, on occasion, Janine Garafalo is stunning.

Nor is it easy to forget the mind boggling viciousness of left-wing bloggers, some of whom presumably are white males, who wished Tony Snow (George W. Bush’s press secretary) a slow agonizing death from the cancer that took his life. Such hatred is completely irrational and beyond the bounds of common decency and humanity as I understand it.

To return to Jesus’ question and put it in the vernacular, why does Ms. LaMarche not see that every time she points the finger at those whose politics she disagrees with, there are three fingers pointing right back at her?

Joan H. Pickering


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