September 6 Letters to the Editor

Posted Sept. 05, 2010, at 7:47 p.m.

Confirm Warren now

One of the best pieces of the financial reform bill was the creation of the new Consumer Financial Protection Board. Finally, we have a government department dedicated to looking out for the little guy, not Wall Street.

That’s why it is so important that we have a strong advocate for consumers leading it. The best person for the job is Elizabeth Warren.

Professor Warren understands consumer financial products from three decades of close study of the middle class. She has written eight books and hundreds of scholarly articles about the middle class. Her work is always grounded in data, experience and interviews.

The head of the new agency will have to ensure that mortgages and other financial products are clearly written and include reasonable terms. She has personally studied thousands of these documents and has the hands-on understanding necessary to implement the goals of the agency.

President Obama needs to appoint Warren immediately and the Senate should vote to confirm her.

Patricia Harrison

Hulls Cove

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Restraint no answer

I have read the Bangor Daily News’ recent articles about Acadia Hospital and the safety concerns for staff because of the limits on the use of restraint on patients. As I have great concerns for the staff, I also have an overwhelming fear for the safety and well-being of the patients, some of whom are just children.

It is deeply traumatizing and humiliating for patients to be restrained. Just as in the hospital, our school systems are putting so much emphasis on restraining an out-of-control child instead of looking at the antecedent and finding alternative ways to prevent a person from getting to the point where they feel they have no other way out than the fight or flight response.

I agree there have been too many injuries involving staff or patients or our children at school when we put them into an unnecessary hold.

Coercion-free, restraint-free treatment should be used not only in the hospital but should be a law to be enforced in our school systems, too.

Brenda Crossman

Winterport

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Public prayer hypocrisy

In the Tuesday, Aug. 24 edition of the BDN, Kerry Zimmerman sets forth in a letter to the editor the argument that the words of the First Amendment of our Constitution are not a prohibition of children praying in school.

He is exactly correct in his assertion that children can pray in school or any other place. However he is constitutionally incorrect in that the state cannot establish the requirement for them to do so. Mr. Zimmerman’s apparent desire for the state to compel students to pray in schools as well as putting religious symbols on public property ignores the constitutional prohibition of the establishment of religion.

To him, I say, no thank you. You can personally pray and erect your religious symbols anywhere you desire in private or on private property. We all should be content to worship in our churches, homes and hopefully in private.

Mr. Zimmerman should carefully read Mathew Chapter 6, verses 4-6 which sets forth the admonition that one should not be as the “Hypocrites who love to be seen standing to pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets so they can be seen of men.”

I guess the same goes for churches, for synagogues and perhaps public schools. Amen

Steve Melchiskey

Camden

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No harm in creationism

There have been several letters in the BDN lately concerning science and creationism. It seems there is such fear of creationism being taught in public schools that one wonders why. Are parents afraid that students might believe it? Would it harm them if they did?

I am not a science major but I believe there is a creator. I believe this world was created by someone greater than you or me. I don’t even have to read the Bible to believe that. I can read the calendar. By the calendar I know when the moon will be full and when we will have a new moon. I know when the equinox will be. I can also know when the sun will rise and when it will set. These set times are so predictable about the heavenly bodies because someone greater than you or me created them and is still controlling them. Only a fool would believe this is just happenstance.

If one does not want to believe in a creator, the chances are they won’t. However, I hope and pray that creationism might be taught in public schools someday. It could surely give hope to the students. They deserve to have a chance to think about it and decide for themselves.

Lois MacGregor

Orrington

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Fix the right roads

Being born and brought up in this great state, I feel I have a right to say a little piece about what goes on here. I am a taxpayer and own property on Ebeemee Lake in Brownville and spend approximately six months in Maine.

I am upset about some of the roads in this part of the state. I know times are hard and money is tight as everywhere.

Last summer Route 11 north was resurfaced and a job well done. There is approximately one mile that was not finished, from the railroad tracks to the bridge in Brownville Junction. This piece of road is terrible and very dangerous.

Today I went to Schoodic Lake and the entire route has been resurfaced, about 16 miles; again, a job well done. This is all back road and has about a quarter the amount of traffic as the major Route 11; good taxpayer money wasted. It seems to me the state could contract the work more efficiently.

Charles Earley

Brownville

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Stay at home, moms

The natural right of every child to good health has been compromised by the so-called working mother. No amount of income, however, can make up for nurturing care, now become a marketable commodity for most children.

The long-term results are troubled youth lacking good health. They then become less capable of leading productive lives when grown.

Since the American Civil War, population has shifted from farm to city. Jobs paid more than chores and still do. Then two world wars made factory work available to women to replace men for the military. This flooded the work force and left a vacuum in the home. The imbalance became a norm.

As a rule, no woman with underage children should be in the work force. Being closer to the source of life, women have a higher calling than men. As such they must be supported and encouraged for the essential work they do as homemakers.

Russell Vesecky

Harmony

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