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Nov. 17 Letters to the Editor

Valley in good hands

I would like to congratulate Troy Jackson on his election to the District 35 Senate seat. What is most important is that we work closely to address the many issues facing our district, as Mr. Jackson represents our needs in the Senate. I would like to thank all who supported me during the last eight months. A significant amount of time and effort went into this campaign and your support made the entire process very rewarding.

We can celebrate the election of our new Gov.-elect Paul LePage. I believe Mr. LePage is fully committed to the needs of the Saint John Valley.

As a French-speaking Franco-American with ancestral roots in the Saint John Valley, he will represent us well. Both the governor and his wife, Ann, have family ties in the Valley.

Many people have expressed concerns that the Valley will be forgotten since we have a Republican governor along with a Republican-controlled Senate and a Republican-controlled House of Representatives. I feel confident the LePage administration and the House and Senate will be committed to the needs of the Valley and implement programs that will serve our interests.

I believe there will be many necessary changes over the next four years, but at the same time changes that will strengthen our state and its people. I am very familiar with the issues facing the Valley and will work together with Sen. Jackson to gain the governor’s full attention in addressing the needs of the Saint John Valley.

Daniel V. Deveau

Cyr Plantation


Israel’s land grab

The BDN’s Nov. 11 OpEd, “Can The U.N. create a Palestinian state?” essentially denies the existence of any sort of Palestinian state. It’s as if the Israelis would be doing them a favor by giving them a few reservations which they are forbidden to leave. Israel is simply a late addition to the division of the Ottoman Empire wherein Britain and France created all the states we now know as the Middle East. At least with these it was the local people who were given sovereignty eventually.

Given the Balfour declaration and the facts just stated, Israel can be seen as just another of these. The partition plan divided the area in two. Before 1948 people such as Rabin and Peres were designated terrorists, and the acts of terrorism committed by Jewish terrorist organizations did not differ substantively from that of Hamas and Hezbollah. They blew up public buses and hotels, they executed British soldiers. The evidence of this is not hard to find.

What I ask is, how can the United States justify its refusal to honor U.N. Resolution 242. In the 1948 war, Israel expanded its territory by something like a third. This was a violation of the U.N. Charter, but it became the state of Israel. In 1967 Israel grabbed most of the rest of the territory. Resolution 242 simply requires that Israel give up what it stole. All that is required to enforce the resolution is that the U.S. withhold the billions it gives to Israel annually, mostly in the form of modern weaponry.

Michael S. Moore



Enough already

Recent front pages of the Bangor Daily News have told of the deaths of Maine men who were killed far from home, fine young people including one from my old Army unit who left a pregnant wife. I’m sure he would rather have been a dad than a dead hero. We learned of a vet who fled into solitude in order to try to maintain some measure of sanity and of a rifle squad that has honored our war dead some 57,000 times.

Remember “shock and awe”? I am shocked at how we were conned into the war and awed by its duration. We were told we were not going into the Middle East for oil, but we were also told the oil would pay for the war. Remember? So many lies!

I am touched by the patriotism of the old volunteers of the Fort Snelling Memorial Rifle Squad, but I have to ask: What keeps these men from sitting up in terror in the middle of the night and screaming, “Enough! enough already!” Whatever it is, it may be the same thing that silences the rest of us.

Gerald A. Metz



Real meaning of service

What was the intent in choosing to put a huge picture of Travis Lyssey under the heading “What it means to serve” on the front page of the Veterans Day edition of the BDN? Although Travis’ story is sad, and there are even sadder stories of veterans who have been killed while serving, I would argue that any casualty of a war (or service) is simply that, a casualty and not an example of “what it means to serve.”

I realized early on during my voluntary enlistment that I had signed over my life to the United States military. It is a sacrifice I chose to make, and a sacrifice I chose to embrace while serving. I sacrificed four years of my life while most of my friends went to college. I served in a war zone, and on several occasions I knew I was simply in God’s hands.

Serving in the military is a selfless experience that develops maturity and pride in the vast majority who serve. Your readers, especially young readers, should know that for every unfortunate casualty like Travis, there are thousands upon thousands who are very fortunate and proud for having sacrificed and served for our country. Veterans Day is celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Lyssey’s story is important, but it is not something to celebrate, and thus should not have been the focus of Veterans Day.

Bil Weidner



Who’s lost?

On one hand, the editorial “Lost in Translation” (BDN, Nov. 12) characterizes the Democratic Party ads directed at Mr. Cutler as being “ugly leftovers” that are offensive to Chinese Americans and mocks the importance of China’s rising economic and political power. On the other hand, regarding political campaigning, the same editorial includes “Saying a candidate helped this job shift may be fair game.” Why “may”? Why not “is”?

Mr. Cutler’s law office was not in China to engage in the multifaceted general practice of law. Just what type of law practice, along with the details of Mr. Cutler’s specific mission, was not disclosed by Maine’s media.

Perhaps the BDN should give its readers credit for seeing through the media’s mask having long ago recognized that every state in our union has lost jobs to foreign soil — especially to China. Perhaps Maine’s Democratic Party, being unaware of the details of Mr. Cutler’s mission, countered by cleverly playing the “jobs going to China” card — in a satirical fashion. Such a method is far from news. The purpose and objective of playing the job loss card is no different than the politically based satirical cartoons displayed on the daily editorial pages of virtually every newspaper, and have been for nearly a century.

The media are the ones Lost in Translation. Now ten days after the fact, it seems they have yet to translate the message of Maine’s voters.

Roy Rivers



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