Hijacking Dr. King
On Aug. 28, Glenn Beck chose to associate himself with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and hold him up as a model for restoring honor to America. This had to be confusing for his Tea Party supporters.
Maybe they just don’t know that Dr. King was a strong proponent of social justice. That he believed that as a nation we are morally responsible for the well-being of all our citizens. And that issues like discrimination and poverty had to be addressed though legislation. These are ideas that Beck himself has labeled socialist, Marxist, communist or sometimes fascist. Do the gun-toting, pro-big business, Tea Party folks know that Dr. King was a pacifist, and ardently pro-union?
Or maybe they understand that Beck is willing to distort Dr. King’s beliefs so he can hijack the King legacy and use it to kick-start his new career as a televangelist, and they’re OK with that.
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Your pictures of the Tim McGraw concert (BDN, Sept. 6) made me long for the days when celebrities dressed like performers onstage instead of looking like street urchins who picked up their clothes from the Goodwill Industries reject bin.
Mark J. Gibson
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I am writing in support of Sue Mackey-Andrews as she campaigns for District 27 Maine Senate seat. I worked with her on school reorganization last year and came away very impressed with her intellect, work ethic, ability to build consensus and leadership skills.
Sue has lived her life working for those less privileged as well as those who have difficulty making ends meet. In southern Piscataquis County, that’s just about all of us. She will be a strong voice for the needs of her constituents.
Moreover, Sue has the unique ability to bring people of different opinions together. In today’s political world of name-calling and polarization, her civility and selflessness are badly needed. She looks to the future and refuses to let fear, pettiness or obstacles frame her agenda.
If we send this talented lady to Augusta, I am convinced she will emerge as a leader in state government in short order. Her influence will grow along with the benefits for our region.
I strongly urge you to vote for Susan Mackey-Andrews on Nov. 2.
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3 inaccurate points
I must respond to inaccuracies at best in three letters in the Sept. 3 BDN. Regarding the geese flying over the Beck rally: With all those gun nuts, those geese are lucky they weren’t blown to smithereens.
Then there was the writer who complained about helping a dog and not helping babies. Would she let God’s creatures who cannot speak but who can only show love suffer and die instead? This was a voluntary request for funds which I am happy to contribute.
And it would take me an entire issue of the paper to respond to the tired rhetoric promulgated by Thomas Coleman. The Hyde amendment needs to be repealed immediately and women’s rights restored. Obama has failed in his duty to all Americans and sold out to the pro-lifers who didn’t help him. I guess they were too busy shooting good people like George Tiller in churches with no regard to the children nearby.
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I read with disbelief the editorial “Beck, MLK, and Honor,” (BDN Sept. 2). Clearly, the comments were biased opinion and not factual. The “Restoring Honor” event was a call to America to trust in God. It was also dedicated to our men and women in uniform, and included a very successful fundraiser for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Speaking that day was the civil rights hero Dr. Alveda King who reminded all in attendance that the human race has to unite. As her Uncle Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We must live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.”
The event closed with heads bowed and earnest prayers for President Obama and Congress.
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Stimulus funds at work
Regarding Lawrence Lockman’s diatribe “Verdict on the stimulus” (BDN, Sept. 4-5), here are some actual facts. Unlike Mr. Lockman’s unsubstantiated numbers, you can check mine for yourselves. The source is ProPublica: Journalism in the public interest (projects.propublica.org). ProPublica publishes “Recovery Tracker” where you can see who got how much and for what.
Here are some recent data for Waldo County. You decide how much has been wasted.
As of June, Waldo County has received $19,652,468 from federal agencies and departments. This does not include Medicaid, unemployment benefits or food stamp payments within the county. Eighty-seven payments were made with 46 being grants and 41 being loans.
Perhaps Mr. Lockman would like to ask the loan recipients at Wellman Paving Inc. or Wet Effects Inc. or DM&J Waste Management Inc. or Blake Veterinary Hospital just how they wasted their loans.
Who are some of Lockman’s unworthy grant recipients? School districts: RSU 20, SAD 3, MSU 69. Local governments: Belfast, Searsport, Pittsfield, Waldo County. Local utilities: Belfast Water District, Winterport Sewage District, Winterport Water District. Local businesses: Sprague Energy Corp., Irving Oil Terminals Inc., Rollie’s.
Can anyone really believe that all these entities squandered your tax dollars on frivolous things like port security upgrades and teachers’ salaries? Not one job saved or created?
Finally, during the worst depression since the 1930s, is it really wasteful to provide unemployment benefits to those who have lost their jobs or to help people put food on the table?
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Off the oil
While running for office, President Obama promised that if elected, he would get us off OPEC oil within ten years.
Two years are gone and we still don’t have a plan. In fact, there is some evidence that we’re going in the wrong direction. In July, we imported 388 million barrels of oil. That’s the single largest import month since President Obama was inaugurated.
The NAT GAS Act will create jobs, clean up the environment and improve our national security by providing tax incentives to organizations which operate fleets of vehicles that are fueled with imported oil to be replaced with vehicles that run on domestic natural gas.
Election Day will soon be here. Those who are running for office — be it open seats, incumbents or challengers — need to take a look at this legislation and make promising to reduce our need for OPEC oil a central part of their campaigns.