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Nov. 9 Letters to the Editor

Underclass deluded

Isn’t it ironic that the same people, most of whom live paycheck to paycheck (or worse), are the ones who proudly voted for Paul LePage? These same people stand to be hurt the most as LePage works his great mischief in Augusta.

Why does Maine’s economic “underclass” perpetually vote against its best interests? The rich and well-off of this state will get a free pass from this governor, while the working poor who voted for him will be left holding the bag. It makes no sense.

David Puff



Tribes snubbed

Voters approved the casino proposal for Oxford. Let’s tally the score on such proposals.

A tribal-run casino proposed for Southern Maine? No. A casino run by white folks from away in Bangor? Yes. A tribal-run casino in Washington County? No. A casino run by white folks in Oxford County? Yes.

This looks to me like the only people who aren’t allowed a gaming facility are the only people who have wanted one consistently from Day One, the Indian tribes of Maine.

The unfortunately worded Oxford referendum stated that proceeds will benefit tribes. Really? Will it provide them economic independence? I seriously doubt they will see any money, and the wording was simply to alleviate any guilt someone may have for voting for this casino while having voted against a tribal proposal in the past.

No racism involved here, right?

Jay Seiler



Watching and waiting

Even though I did not vote for Paul LePage, I wish him the best as our new governor. I want him to succeed and do some great things for us Mainers.

He had a lot to say, and the proof is in the pudding. I’d say he’s kind of on the spot to produce. I’ll be watching and waiting.

Go get ’em, Paul.

Doug Pooler



French ascendancy

The Nov. 3 BDN quotes Gov.-elect LePage saying that Maine “will have the first French governor.” I wonder what this comment presages for policies to govern Maine within the next four years.

History reveals a long struggle to gain political ascendancy over the Northeast between Britain and France, with outcomes less than favorable to the French.

As a non-pundit, the French governor’s remark attempts the following punditry: Will the Franco-Anglo controversies again come center stage in the 21st century? Will the French governor push for union with Quebec (one major hurdle he faces is to gain secession from the USA)? Could it possibly be that he is secretly for univer-sal health care under the Canadian program for the then-Mainer-Quebecois citizens of Canada?

From Baldacci, of Italian heritage, King of Scottish, Brennan of Irish and on back to Muskie of Polish heritage, I cannot recall an emphasis on ethnicity as the big achievement of their elections. They all clearly just assumed we the voters would take for granted their unabashed pride in being Americans, period.

John Lyman



Insensitive cartoon

Unfortunately, adults and children with ADHD often are labeled as unmotivated, lazy or apathetic. These negative labels are unfair and hurtful.

‘The Wizard of Id” cartoon produced by Brant Parker and printed in the Nov. 1 BDN showed an “A.D.D. Lawn Care Mowing Service” employee mowing a lawn in a zigzag pattern. Portraying ADD children and-or adults in this manner is irresponsible. Sometimes, we can blurt out words without thinking about how they may be perceived. This can get us in trouble. However, when a cartoonist does it on purpose to get a laugh, it is an embarrassment.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a biological, brain-based condition that is characterized by poor attention and distractibility and-or hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. If left untreated, ADHD can lead to poor school and work performance, poor social relationships and a general feeling of low self esteem. Children with special needs have many challenges learning, and they benefit from additional educational services, as well as family and community support.

Cartoonist Brant Parker should apologize to his readers, and his readers should not consider this funny.

Sandra K. Prescott



Do the math

A recent story in the BDN’s business section, “Government pursuing efficiency for big trucks,” speaks of the gains in fuel efficiency being planned for passenger cars. Then it states, “Medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks are much less fuel-efficient than conventional automobiles,” citing miles-per-gallon figures as support.

I would like BDN readers to look at big-truck efficiency in another way. A modern, six-axle petroleum tank truck and trailer in Maine will weigh about 30,000 pounds empty. It can haul 70,000 pounds of payload (35 tons), for a gross weight of 100,000 pounds. This modern unit will average about 5.5 mpg. The payload of this unit is 233 percent above the empty weight.

This unit will move its payload about 192 ton-miles per gallon of fuel.

A typical Chevrolet Suburban 4-wheel-drive weighs nearly 6,000 pounds, and it will get an average of about 15 mpg. If the payload (moving a payload is the only reason to have a vehicle) of this SUV is a 120-pound woman, then the payload is 2 percent of the empty weight of the vehicle. It can move 1.2 ton-miles per gallon of fuel.

Fuel efficiency is not how many miles per gallon a vehicle gets, but how much fuel it takes to move the payload from point A to Point B. A modern, six-axle tractor-trailer unit is an amazingly efficient means of transportation.

Steve Whitcomb

H.O. Bouchard



Advice suspect

I take issue with the seemingly inconsequential tip that The Doctors (whoever they are) offered in the article “Boost Your Child’s Health” in the Bangor Daily News USA Weekend magazine of Oct. 30.

It is horrifying to me that these nameless doctors would urge parents to allow their children to be inoculated with an HPV, or human papillomavirus, vaccine that is not only dangerous but ineffective against most of the 15 strains. As of September 28, the CDC had received 18,000 adverse event complaints about Gardasil, including 65 deaths.

Millions of women get HPV. Yes, people can die from cervical cancer caused by HPV, but it is untreated HPV. When detected by regular Pap smears, it can be successfully treated and, in most cases, disappears within two years. This vaccine is so new that they have no idea of the long-term effects.

American medicine is treatment by pharmaceuticals, and those companies have a huge stake in your willingness to accept without questioning anything your doctor tells you. It is also critical to their bottom line to make sure doctors are convinced of the “necessity” of their drug, and they spend billions doing this.

Inform yourself and truly protect your child from this vaccine scam and possibly a lifetime of health misery.

Martha Goodale



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