Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012: Singers, Mormons and Dennis Dechaine

Posted Feb. 08, 2012, at 3:25 p.m.

Wrong people singing

Before any sporting event, the “National Anthem” is sung along with “America the Beautiful.” I take pride in being an American and a veteran. What disgusts me is these people who are performing these songs don’t have a clue as to how they should be sung.

If people think Kelly Clarkson did a good job at the Super Bowl, then they are tone deaf and have no clue either. These are not rap, country or rock ’n’ roll tunes. I would suggest that the producers of these events visit grade schools or high schools and get students to sing. I have heard better form some young people than any of the professionals.

John L. Clark

Bangor

Obama’s abortion agenda

In response to the BDN’s Feb. 2 editorial, “Insuring contraception is preventive care,” pertaining to religious liberty, the Affordable Care Act requires not only artificial contraception but the morning after pill, which is an abortifacient.

Obama promised before the act was put in place that it would not contain abortion. Everyone knows that the pill works after conception, therefore taking a human life. To force the Catholic churches as well as the other religions to pay for insurance that kills the unborn is abominable.

The Catholic Church had to close adoption agencies because of Obama’s law saying they must allow children to be adopted by people who practice sodomy. He won’t be happy until all Catholic run hospitals, schools, nursing homes, etc. are closed.

Thomas Coleman Sr.

Dedham

Still waiting…

It has been 10 years since James P. Moore’s book “Human Sacrifice” came out, filled with facts based on trial transcripts, police reports and scientific evidence that prove Dennis Dechaine has been wrongfully convicted. This miscarriage of justice for the victim and the innocent man imprisoned continues.

In the 10 years since the book came out none of the key players — police, prosecutor, judge, witnesses — have come forth to sue Mr. Moore for libel. I think that speaks volumes to the credibility of Mr. Moore and his book. He also has offered $1,000 to anyone who could specify any falsity or untruth in the book regarding evidence or official misconduct. No one has come forth.

The gross ineptitude of the police, the dishonesty of the prosecutor and the bias of the judge are all obvious to any thinking person who reads the book, and none have actually denied it by suing Mr. Moore. All, however, have done their best to try to sweep everything under the rug.

The same judge that showed obvious bias during the first trial is now the one who decides whether or not Dennis gets a retrial. Over two decades have gone by and the only reason this has not been resolved and won’t go away is because those hired by the people to seek truth and justice have turned their backs on those two things. They’ve been fighting to hide the truth and obstructing justice, while honest people won’t ever allow that to happen unchallenged.

Lori Dumont

Brewer

Mormon reaction

Regarding the BDN’s recent OpEd “A Mormon church in need of reform” by Carrie Sheffield, the author seems to be confounding Mormon tradition with actual Mormon doctrine. I expect that is a problem when one is brought up in a “multigenerational Mormon pioneer family” where the opinions of able and strong leaders of the past may become locked to genuine revealed doctrine of the church.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints now has a membership of over 14 million people who have differing opinions concerning “anthropology, history and other subjects.” But we all believe the core tenets of the church which center on Jesus Christ and his teachings. There is indeed some doctrine that flies in the face of today’s known scientific knowledge, but what scientist of the 18th century would ever believe the “miracles” of the 21st?

I am a believing, active Mormon who has been a member for over 45 years and I certainly have not experienced the repressive inflexibility she describes. I feel free to explore and learn from any scientific or scholarly discipline and to believe what I want. However, when it’s my turn to teach or speak in church I try to leave opinion behind and stay with real, core church doctrine which is, after all, my basis for measuring truth.

Rinda Varnum

Dover-Foxcroft

Correction: A letter in the Feb. 7 edition included a misspelled name. The letter “Stupid justice” was written by Rick Fayen.

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/02/08/opinion/letters/thursday-feb-9-2012-singers-mormons-and-dennis-dechaine/ printed on July 28, 2014