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Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011: Educational system, church priorities, Constitution correction

Rational goals needed

Our problem today is not lack of growth as we so often hear. Our problem is that we are attempting to operate a wobbly system with quick patchwork fixes when what we really need are practical, long-term solutions.

Nowhere can this be more clearly seen than with our existing education establishment. If we are to thrive as a nation we must be able to produce things and ideas for ourselves and others which are top quality, price competitive and the most technically advanced in the world, something we clearly are not able to do today.

We cannot do what is required, primarily because our workers are not up to the challenge of international competition even with our surplus of college graduates. We have lots of available, smart, educated people but their knowledge and skills are not geared to what is required. Our educational system does not need to grow, rather, it demands fundamental restructure.

Getting to where we should go will not be easy. Our political system is so broken it is hard to imagine that it is up to implementing the tiresome, long-term, visionary work needed to make our nation whole.

Our problem is not a lack of growth, it is the lack of rational goals and the willingness to sacrifice to achieve them.

David Spaudling


Church’s wrong priorities

There have been too many blunders made by Bishop Malone.

Why does he need a mansion or a $600,000 house? Why could he not live in a rectory occupied by other priests?

There is also the annual Bishop’s Appeal; wonder where the money goes?

Why does one man need such a high standard of living? Too many questions not enough answers.

My family is losing our home, not a mansion or a $600,000 house. It is simply our home

and we are out in two months. The church would not help me.

My parents are strict Catholics in Bangor. I have been using the money they normally gave to this appeal to help my family stay put during foreclosure. In future years they will find other worthy causes, and not the appeal. They paid our utilities, car insurance and put food on the table, gas in the car whatever we needed it was there, no strings attached, just two loving parents who made a decision to help, out of love, pure and simple.

Simply put, simply a gift and simply help, for the love and support of me their grown daughter and family!

My parents always remember, love of family and love of God, and very simply they always remember that God is love!

Barbara Fearon


Constitution correction

Mr. Paul Monroe’s recent Letter to the Editor contained one error. He wrote that the U.S. Constitution does not mention God.

Article VII of the U.S. Constitution states, “The Ratification of the Conventions of the nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so Ratifing the Same. Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the twelfth in witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names.”

Kathy Van Allen


Touching story

As I read my morning Bangor Daily News, I focus on and read the first item that catches my attention on the front page. On Aug. 30, it was the story, “Milo officer opens home to travelers.”

What a wonderful young man to check on the lost, tired and elderly and to check on the parked car beside the road. He not only opened his home to them but his heart as well.

I’ve been without my elderly parents for a few years but I would hope that someone would have checked on them parked beside a country road. I can see them tired after a trip such as theirs to an appointment, driving and wondering where the road is that they missed.

Lois Stanley

Bar Harbor

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