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September 3 Letters to the Editor

Going our own way

Re: Joni Averill’s Column Aug. 28-29: “Have a heart for Frankie,” the little dog who had a $3,500 surgical procedure that the public is being asked to finance.

It is amazing to me how, in the past decade or so, people have started treating their pets like humans. We find dogs who have a wardrobe, ride in strollers, have expensive surgeries and are treated like royalty.

At the same time, human life has been reduced to that of animals, where a small, defenseless baby is horribly killed in the womb, in many cases when it could have lived outside the womb.

How did we get to this awful state of affairs, where our values are so skewed, where we value animals more than humans, where we “save the whales” but kill human babies? Could it be because, instead of honoring God and living by his principles, we are shutting him out of our lives, our society and our government, and going our own way?

Gloria Harriman



Schalit’s stories biased

How is it possible that the Bangor Daily News placed three so-called investigative news pieces by Naomi Schalit on the front page? At best, these are opinion pieces and at worst, they so badly mischaracterize wind development in Maine as to be untruthful.

Schalit’s story never takes into account subsidies and costs of fossil fuel. She never talks about the impacts of the Gulf Coast, global warming or the endless war in the Middle East.

And from my viewpoint, she never grapples with the extraordinary benefits of wind in Maine. To begin with, displacing fossil fuels on the grid makes extraordinary economic and environmental sense.

Secondly, reducing our reliance on the Middle East will help keep Maine soldiers safe and at home, and will save taxpayers’ dollars from fighting endless wars.

Thirdly, the economic benefits to rural Maine have been extraordinary.

During the worst recession since the great depression, at least some parts of rural Maine have experienced a renaissance of activity and growth.

Maybe Naomi Schalit doesn’t care about how hard it is to make a living in rural Maine, but some of us do. We need these jobs, we want these tax revenues and we believe we should be doing more to help successfully develop wind in Maine.

Melody Chase


Richard E. Fotter

Wyman Township


Beck rally inspiring

My husband and I just returned from Washington, D.C., where we attended the Restoring Honor rally sponsored by Glenn Beck, and we would like to share with our fellow Mainers and Americans our observation of one event that was neither planned nor orchestrated by Mr. Beck or his company.

As the stirring and plaintive notes of “God Bless America” wafted over the huge crowed gathered on the mall before the Lincoln Memorial, about 15 Canada geese flew in a perfect V formation the length of the reflecting pool and rose over the Lincoln Memorial before flying out of sight. To us, this was much more inspirational than if the planned U.S. Air Force flyover been allowed. It certainly was an awesome and inspirational day for us, and we wish you all could have been there.

Peggy and Colby Pert



Sharing in the guilt

Since Obama’s presidency, America has become one of the most barbaric countries on earth. Our country is committed to using our tax dollars to kill unborn babies both here and abroad.

In January 2009, one of the president’s first acts was to rescind the 1983 Mexican City Policy that prevented our taxes to be used for overseas funding of abortions. He sends $63 billion of our money overseas that can be used for abortion, while $23 million is spent for abortion in Kenya alone. In Africa, America is the face of death for the unborn.

In America, it looks like Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Mexico will fund abortions with our government money as they establish high-risk health care pools. The Hyde amendment passed in 1976 stated that taxpayer dollars could not be used to fund abortion. This is not the case under Obama.

Billions will be given to health care co-ops, high-risk pools and community health centers with no restrictions. Obama even is trying to change the law to allow the use of human embryos for stem cell research.

In the year 588, the Emperor Constantine made abortion and infanticide illegal because he became a Christian. They both were practiced until the Christian influence stopped them. Today, we seem to be sliding backwards. The progressives seem to want embryonic stem-cell research that requires taking human life, legalized sodomy and abortion. These were all stopped in civilized Christian countries. By using our tax dollars for this, he forces us to share in the guilt.

Thomas Coleman Sr.



Problems at Acadia

I have read the recent pieces concerning workplace problems at Acadia Hospital. I have also read many comments posted in response. (I recommend readers pay close attention to the discussion.)

What emerges is a picture of a troubled institution radically different from the place in which I was fortunate enough to facilitate reading and discussion groups several years ago.

Dr. Paul Tisher, then-chief medical officer, had participated in the long-running reading and discussion group at Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Dr. Tisher was sure members of the staff at Acadia would want to participate in this project, and he was right.

For two years, I led discussions with a wide range of staff at Acadia, from the chief operating officer to the person in charge of the methadone program. The level of interest, candor, intelligence and professional expertise was remarkable.

Attendance was voluntary. The meetings came at the end of a long day for Acadia staff, but they were more than ready to discuss texts chosen because they brought the perspectives of the humanities to their work and to their professional development.

It is clear that things have changed at Acadia. From Meg Haskell’s articles, and even more from comments by e-mail, I understand Dr. Tisher is gone, that many longtime staff members have left and that the atmosphere has changed.

Something has gone seriously wrong at Acadia Hospital, and its problems seem much broader and deeper than a dispute about restraint policies.

Ruth Nadelhaft



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