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Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011: God, bypasses and state employee contracts

Consequences of deleting God

A comment from the BDN’s website printed in the Aug. 15 issue, that “God has been taken out of the family equation,” is not strong enough. God has been taken out of our lives almost completely by teaching the lie of evolution to our children, because evolution denigrates God by never mentioning Him.

God created all life on Earth long before Darwin conceived his false theory, and now the ACLU wants to completely eliminate God from our currency, our prayers and our lives.

We should eliminate the lie of evolution from our schools and start teaching God again. We must understand that God is our creator and requires certain rules for his followers to adhere to. God teaches love and faith and godly wisdom.

What many do not realize is grace is the one attribute God reserves to accept or deny us on an individual basis. Ephesians 2:8-9 states: “For by grace are you saved, it is a gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.”

So, if one does not believe in God or denigrates God by teaching lies, what happens to those people at the time of death? There are many examples in the Bible to allow one to understand the consequences of taking God away from people.

The best first step is to stop teaching the lie of evolution. The second step is to prevent the ACLU from making changes to our laws by taking God out of everything.

Charles Sykes


Bypass common sense

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read a small item in the Aug. 3 Bangor Daily News describing a DOT official “pulling the plug on plans to build a bypass road around the town of Wiscasset.”

Maine’s transportation commissioner, David Bernhardt, made that decision “after evaluating the limited benefits and the high cost estimated at $100 million.” Mercy, can you imagine someone working for the state having the wherewithal to do the right thing and save state taxpayers lots of money? It’s a miracle.

Now, if Commissioner Bernhardt can only take a good, hard look at the bypass project currently being considered to skirt the city of Presque Isle. Virtually no one wants it except, of course, the town fathers (for reasons no one understands). And, besides, the state and federal government are beyond broke and could hardly afford a pick axe and shovel to begin said project.

So, Mr. Bernhardt, seriously consider pulling the plug on the not-so-popular Presque Isle bypass project. The vast majority of residents would love you; taxpayers would think you sit on the right hand of God and the town fathers (a small handful) will hate you. But who cares? Remember, they’re just a small handful and hardly represent the opinion of the vast majority of locals.

Mr. Bernhardt should take a bow for his good sense. But somehow the Caribou bypass project now under way must have escaped his radar. That, too, should have been scrapped.

Dick Graves

Presque Isle

Contract proposal is fair

On Sept. 1 I end one chapter of life and move to the next, after over 33 years of public service to the state. I have served multiple programs within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, tasked with protecting the most vulnerable of our citizens and have been fortunate to lead a team of dedicated professionals in Aroostook County who, on a daily basis, investigate allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation in our adult and elderly population.

Protecting Maine’s most vulnerable populations, whether children, disabled adults or the elderly, is fraught with challenges. Members of my team are unselfish in their commitment. In addition to the work they do for the state, they are all active members of our local communities. They are parents, grandparents and, like all of us, they are taxpayers.

In spite of years with no raises, shutdown days, changes in the pension system and more expensive health care, public employees have proposed a two-year contract that does not add any additional expense to the cost of doing the public’s business. The proposal is more evidence of the willingness to help get out economy back to where it should be.

Please join with me in calling for the LePage administration to settle the contract with its employees so that both sides can get back to work providing doing what we do best — providing quality public service to the citizens of Maine.

Calvin Hall

Presque Isle

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