Jan. 1 Letters to the Editor

Posted Dec. 31, 2010, at 8:23 p.m.

Cell phone awareness

Maine State Rep. Andrea Boland introduced the Children’s Wireless Protection Act last winter, which would have placed warning labels on cell phones. Experts from around the world testified in favor of Boland’s bill, including Dr. Devra Davis, the author of the new book “Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done To Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family.” Scientists, doctors, and nurses were all supporters for the bill.

On June 15, San Francisco passed a Right-To-Know ordinance, making it the first city in the nation to require cell phone radiation disclosure at the point of sale.

On June 30, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich announced his intent to introduce a bill to grant a consumer’s right to know by providing warning labels on cell phones.

After being diagnosed with a brain tumor myself, I learned that cell phone manuals come with warnings that are being buried in fine print, which nobody reads. I sure didn’t. I was shocked to learn that the manual of the BlackBerry Torch warns, “Keep the BlackBerry device at least 0.98 inches from your body, including the abdomen of pregnant women and the lower abdomen of teenagers.”

I am happy that Portland’s mayor, Nicholas Mavodones, Jr., has declared October as Cell Phone Awareness Month. To learn more information about safer cell phone use go to Campaign for Safer Cell Phones on the web. Please protect your brain and those of your family.

Stuart Cobb

Portland

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The evolution lie

The announcement by scientists that the first human remains were found in Israel should not be a surprise. That is where creation started, and where humans began, in the Garden of Eden.

How can anyone believe any science that belittles the Bible story of life? If they do, they have put themselves in jeopardy to receive God’s salvation at death.

Why must atheists get their way and remove God from our lives? The majority of people in the world believe God created life and not that humans evolved. Somewhere, sometime those that will not stop teaching the lie of evolution will pay for their error in judgment.

Charles Sykes

Stockholm

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Trickle economics

I remember the years when the Republican economic philosophy could be explained with one simple phrase, “Trickle Down Economics.” If we cut taxes to those high-income earners, the philosophy went, the economic benefits will trickle down to the working middle class. So they did just that and the middle class shrank and the rich got richer and the poor got poorer.

So I now call that “The Trickled On Theory;” we all got trickled on.

When Democrats get into office, their philosophy is “Rising Tides Raise All Ships,” so they increase federal salaries and federal spending. They say this will raise the incomes of the middle class by creating more jobs. They get this money by raising taxes on the middle working class Americans.

Once again the middle class shrinks, the poor get poorer and the rich get richer. So I now call this “The Rising Tides Sinks All Ships” theory.

Both philosophies have led to debt our country will default on, or debt our children and grandchildren will have to pay back. I expect both parties will continue to trickle on us until our ship is sunk.

Jeff MacDonald

Glenburn

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