LETTERS

Friday, July 15, 2011: Fox News, guns and drugs

Posted July 14, 2011, at 5:02 p.m.

Fox News baloney

The BDN’s July 4 issue included a letter to the editor bewailing a Fox News report that “veterans and their families are being denied the right to say ‘God’ and ‘Jesus’ in prayers during services” at the VA cemetery in Houston. As a veteran, I was appalled, but I did what the writer evidently chose not to do and what Fox News often chooses not to do: I checked. I emailed the Veterans Administration. The story is baloney.

In a freely accessible blog article, VA Under Secretary Steve Muro, himself a veteran, says in part, “At all VA national cemeteries, families are free to choose and use the burial rites and rituals that are meaningful or sacred to them. During interments, the name of God or Jesus is not only allowed, it is freely spoken at VA national cemeteries across the country.”

Those of us who were alive during World War II recall Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels’ dictum, “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.” There will always be ambitious, self-serving men and women who employ that phenomenon to mislead the rest of us. Sadly, there are always some among us who let them do so.

Stefan Nadzo

Bangor

Obama’s drug war

The Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” program, which delivered weapons with tracking devices to Mexican drug dealers, should make all Americans curious.

The closed-door testimony of ATF’s acting director, saying that the Justice Department was obstructing a congressional investigation, has prompted an expansion of that ongoing probe into the “Fast and Furious” weapons-smuggling operation.

This whole operation in my opinion was designed by Obama in order to get American guns in the hands of the drug cartels that have been infiltrating our southern border so as to increase violent crimes with guns in the U.S. This way, Obama can get public opinion behind him in order to fulfill the promise he made to Mrs. Brady while she was visiting the White House, that he had something in the works to help her ban weapons sold to all Americans. The operation was directed by Eric Holder under Obama’s orders.

This is the reason documents subpoenaed by Congress from the Department of Justice related to the “Fast and Furious” and “Gunrunner” operations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives between the DOJ and ATF were so redacted that they were nearly completely blackened out. What else would Eric Holder and the Department of Justice be hiding from a Congressional investigation to cause them to have to redact documents, other than hiding Obama’s orders, and Obama’s reasoning for giving those orders?

I hope voters see through all of Obama’s lies.

Thomas Boone

Dover-Foxcroft

Drug Solutions

Like prohibition of the 1920s, illegal drugs are a haven for the criminal element. Growers to gun-slinging dealers have a wonderful cash crop. It’s even free of taxes. The downside is the victim: addiction, loss of productivity, driven to theft, broken health and family ties.

What to do about it? Just as prohibition led to the collapse of the economy — the Great Depression — you can’t just say no to avoid another imminent crash.

First, illegal drugs must be made legal to shed light on the scope of the problem. This will quell much of the violence and make law enforcement more effective. Taxes collected will be a welcome turning point.

Secondly, public opinion must pressure the FDA and AMA to investigate the cumulative effect of chemicals in the food chain by agribusiness. The FDA has the responsibility and the AMA has access to laboratories worldwide. There is a need to place on a factual basis the link between chemicals in the food chain and drug abuses. Custom and vested interests will make this an enormous undertaking.

We Americans have a way of mulling through a problem. It is a consequence of the divided authority of a free nation. However, I am confident that the future will see a healthier generation altogether free of the present drug plague.

Russell Vesecky

Harmony

One-party rule

The leading advocate for a one-party system in the country is Grover Norquist, an old college buddy of Jack Abramoff. Norquist had many questionable dealings with Abramoff but managed to squirm out of any legal entanglements concerning Abramoff’s corrupt activities.

Although Norquist keeps stumping for a one-party system, he hasn’t quite figured out how to eliminate the Democratic Party. At a 2004 panel discussion on politics, when a person said to him, “Come on, Grover, surely one day a Democrat will win the White House.” Norquist immediately replied, “We will make it so that a Democrat cannot govern as a Democrat.”

This bit of succinct demagoguery was witnessed by Deval Patrick, the present governor of Massachusetts who was on this same panel with Norquist. A one-party government is a precursor to anarchy. Norquist and his group are bad news for the country, but as David Brooks said in his New York Times column of July 5, “It is because they have been infected by a faction that is more of a psychological protest than a political governing alternative. The members of this movement have no moral decency.”

So what else is new?

Norquist and his psychological malcontents are facing an uphill battle trying to remake the country over in their image. Chris Mathews noted that, “America takes the side of people looking for rights.”

Bob Roffler

North Yarmouth

Resignation letter

This is one of the hardest days for me. Since I was 16 years old, I have always worked and today I won’t be going to work. It is not because I am on vacation, but it is because on Monday, July 11, I resigned as the administrative assistant for the town of Columbia Falls.

I feel so bad for most of the citizens of my town. There are, for the most part, many great people in this town. The town office is closed until further notice, and that is not good for the people.

I am sorry this had to happen, but there comes a time when enough is enough. For the last three or four years, the “concerned citizens” and their right to know has kept the town office turned upside down. Last year they kept at Leni until she resigned as the treasurer and this year it was my turn. I think they are taking us out one by one. Who are they after next?

Residents need to step up to the plate and show these “concerned citizens” who is going to run this town or they are going to take over.

Thank you to all my friends, family and citizens of Columbia Falls for all the trust and faith you have given me for the last 13 years with a great job that I have loved doing for you.

Muriel G. Smith

Columbia Falls

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