Sept. 29 Letters to the Editor

Posted Sept. 28, 2010, at 7:57 p.m.

Parents not welcome

I am a Dane with dual Danish and American citizenship living in Bangor whose daughter has just begun attending kindergarten at Abraham Lincoln school. I find it very upsetting that parents are not allowed and are, in fact, discouraged from visiting their children in class.

In Denmark, the start of a child’s school career is considered a momentous event that often needs to be tempered by the presence of the child’s parents in the first week or at intervals throughout the year. When I requested that I be allowed to visit my daughter in her class, I was made to feel very awkward and unwelcome by her teacher. I think this is a very negative and harmful attitude.

It is the job of the schools to educate children, not to decree the extent of the parents’ role in the process. The school system in this state really needs to be examined in that aspect. I am even considering taking my child back to Denmark if I am not able to have a more active part in her day-to-day schooling here in this country.

Nadja Sidenuos

Bangor

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Cutler has right plan

The other morning, my fourth-grade daughter and I were reviewing her math homework. The day’s lesson was word problems. The lesson was to “plant the seed” for identifying what the word problem was really asking. We spent an hour talking about the lesson and how it translates to real-life situations. One may ask what this has to do with our next governor.

Eliot Cutler, independent candidate for governor, comes from a family culture where these hours-long conversations often took place. These conversations with his parents, Lawrence Cutler and Catherine “Kay” Cutler — both pillars in the Bangor community — helped prepare Eliot Cutler for life’s many challenges.

The math my daughter was working on had four valuable steps that Cutler has woven into his personal fiber: identify what the problem is; identify key facts and details; identify the real question; and solve the problem.

It is not enough to say we have a problem — everyone knows there are things that can be improved. However, Cutler is the only candidate who has a proven record for identifying what the real problems are and has demonstrated the ability to solve them. Cutler’s business, government and personal experiences make him by far the most qualified candidate to solve Maine’s problems and make this state work again.

I am supporting Eliot Cutler for governor, and you should, too.

Richard Stone

Bangor

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On Sunday hunting

I would like to see the issue of Sunday hunting on a landowner’s private property addressed, providing that property is 25 acres or more. I see no valid reason why the landowner alone should not be allowed to hunt his own property, for which he pays ever-increasing taxes, on Sunday.

If this no Sunday hunting law stems from any religious background, it has outlived its usefulness, just as the no Sunday liquor sales did. Of course, the state likes its liquor tax money seven days a week.

If it stems from a game management issue, then if you figure the number of landowners with 25 acres or more, then delete the non-hunters, then delete the landowners who may not be successful, it would have little impact on game management.

A typical landowner working Monday through Friday, only has four Saturdays out of the month to hunt deer on his property. The state already has map and lot number information on these landowners, stemming from the doe permit lottery.

It is time that landowners got a few privileges for our tax money.

Chris Gaudet

Hudson

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Corporate loopholes

I’ve watched with interest the corporate world and its behind-the-scenes influence on issues and politicians over the years. We used to be told that their large contributions did not influence Congress’ decisions, but that ship has sailed in terms of credibility.

However, now that corporations have all the rights of individuals under the law, according to the Supreme Court, I would guess that they also now have the responsibilities of individuals. They should have to pay taxes at the same level as individuals. In all fairness, they should lose all their tax breaks and be allowed only those accorded to the ordinary individual filing taxes. No more tax shelters, foundations, institutes, think tanks, unbridled campaign contributions or post office boxes offshore that allow them to hide billions from the IRS.

I really don’t think that they can have it both ways. However, I’m not so sure that Congress will agree. Although, if they want us to believe that the contributions to their campaigns do not influence their decisions, it should not matter.

Glyn David Lovely

Presque Isle

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Still lies

I can’t understand the popularity of the tea party conservative movement. The theory that cutting taxes on the rich will benefit the public is not true and historically has never worked. The charismatic Ronald Reagan tried it and doubled the national debt.

Conservatives are willing to cut services that benefit the public while reducing taxes on the rich. Where should money to fund public services such as school programs, highway repair and public utilities come from? Those who are barely making enough money to feed their families?

Today, the wealthiest seem to have purchased a political party, millionaire evangelists, churches and talk-show hosts just to convince us that we should downgrade public services. Meanwhile, the rich give up nothing and continue to reap the benefits.

I remember when Americans were the best-educated people in the world. Now we are ranked 12th and dropping. The average American life span is shorter than Europeans and Canadians. We work more hours and have less expendable income than either Europeans and Canadians. We also are fighting among ourselves.

The rich sent our jobs overseas, cheated us on health care, mortgages, credit cards and everything they could get away with. They do not feel your pain, and they do not care.

You can wrap lies in a flag and Bible all you want, but they’re still lies.

Curt Fordyce

Ellsworth

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Right welfare targets

When I saw the above-the-fold headline on Sept. 16, “Does welfare need to be fixed?” I held my breath. Surely, I thought, the BDN staff is not examining the incredible governmental handouts to the agribusiness, pharmaceutical, energy, defense and financial sectors?

It was a great relief to realize that you kept your focus on the “correct” targets; otherwise, who knows where such an inquiry might lead?

Chuck Gifford

Union

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