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Nov. 24 Letters to the Editor

Carnie nurses

I have been a critical care patient at EMMC, and I can attest to the excellence of the nursing staff. These are well-trained, caring professionals who are a part of the local community and who often have worked here for years.

Now they are going to be replaced by people from other states and possibly other countries. These replacements are gathered up by a separate company that has placed want ads in such questionable venues as craigslist.

These are workers of questionable backgrounds and qualifications. Shouldn’t we wonder why these people are traveling from town to town for jobs like carnival workers?

I sincerely hope that if I need critical care again, the ambulance driver will head toward St. Joe’s — at least until EMMC gets our real nurses back, instead of a pack of carnies.

Michael Garrow



Compassion, please

I read with great sadness the story of the woman who pleaded guilty to bank embezzlement this week. However sad, it is not surprising in the desperate times we live in.

This is a woman with children, a family and many friends who love her. They know she is a caring person who is the first to offer to help another. She gives to her family, friends and community every day. What we should focus on is why she wasn’t able to ask for our help, not why she took the money.

While I do not know her specific reasons for taking the money, I do know that very good people sometimes make very bad decisions when they feel in the moment that they have no other choices. It doesn’t make it the right decision, but it’s the human condition.

Anyone who has had to struggle, to worry from day to day how to feed and shelter their family, should have some compassion. Those who would forget this should walk a mile in her shoes.

Karen Benson



Pleasure protest

I would like to suggest that anyone who is patted down at the airport as part of the new security measures say in a loud voice, “God that was good,” or some other appropriate thing after their privates are checked.

If enough of us did that, just maybe they will stop.

Robert Hauger



Lack of responsibility

I am astounded by the lack of personal responsibility expressed in the media. Let me cite some examples: On a local morning talk show: “I don’t mind if they search me at the airport.” What about the Fourth Amendment? Is liberty so cheap we will give it up whenever asked?

As Franklin said, “He who sacrifices liberty for security deserves neither.” If we do not defend our rights, we will have no rights to defend.

The Bangor Daily News wrote that “rich people save their money, poor people spend it.” No, rich people risk their money in investments creating capital for businesses and jobs.

A recent candidate said, in essence, “It wasn’t my fault people didn’t take the time to learn more about me. They voted too early.” I’m sick of politicians calling me stupid when things don’t go their way.

The BDN said LePage had too many politicians on his budget panel. Maybe he wanted people who know where the bodies are buried. Speaking of which, how many dead people get welfare in Maine? Now that would be good reporting.

“Sometimes, Brutus, the fault is not in the stars but in ourselves,” Julius Caesar said.

Mainers are good, hardworking people. Why don’t all you experts reduce our taxes, let us use our own land and stop trying to run every aspect of our lives. We already got rid of a king in 1776, we don’t need another.

Dana Peterson



Same old refrain

Here we go again with politics as usual. But this time, I must protest the demonizing of the Republicans for turning down the extension of unemployment, with the typical comment, “Greed, as usual, has favored billionaires over the needy with an extension of their tax cut.”

Notably absent is the concurrent statement that there is an additional requirement the former be accompanied with a saving of the same amount from some other government source — the first opportunity since the election that has come up to begin the process of bringing down the staggering deficit. Also unspoken, the tax cut for the rich includes half of all small businesses.

Didi Hundley



Snap decisions

The Bangor Daily News reported on “search protocols” instituted by the Transportation Security Administration in the interest of protection for airline passengers. At this time the applicable criteria for permission to board a flight may include the manual, visual and X-ray examination of each prospective passenger — with puni-tive procedures applied in event of the TSA examiner’s disagreement with the passenger concerning the invasiveness of the physical screening process.

The problem of security has been with airlines for a long time. I was personally involved in an incident at one of the major city airports, my recollection is the year 1949, as the manager on duty. The flight dispatch center supervisor told me on speaker phone that a report of a bomb on board a flight inbound to the city had been received, and we were to deplane all passengers and unload and search all baggage. The flight landed and parked at the usual gate. We proceeded to do as told, and we began the examination of bags. I stopped and said, to myself, what happens if I find the bomb — the hard way? About that time, I received a countermanding order from flight dispatch because the flight number reporter was wrong, and the aircraft involved was to land at a different city. There was no bomb.

What could have happened? Ask the same question today: What would happen? I don’t know what TSA discusses with airline personnel, but it’s obvious “snap decisions” won’t do the trick, and TSA needs a closer relationship with the operating people in the airlines.

Robert C. Dick



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