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Friday, May 4, 2012: Defining marriage, postal reform and Ted Nugent


Marriage response

In response to Mike McCabe’s letter to the editor on April 12: Definitions of words, by their very nature, change by being part of human language. The word “marriage” can be defined according to the user and the society. Many words have had definition changes because of societal progression. At its root, the debate about the definition of equal marriage is a cultural discussion, which also raises emotional responses.

Marriage, in a form that is unlike what we think of today, has a history that is longer than humans have recorded. Politically, ancient societies needed to define financial, national and international security by very orchestrated unions. The security of a nation depended on complicated marriage arrangements. At all levels of the political structure, the emotions of the pair in the marriage were not of consideration. In our enlightened western society, marriage has come to define an agreement based on love, not ruled by our political structure. A secure nation, though, does reflect loving relationships.

Our modern definition of marriage focuses on love. We see marriage equaling love as a way to define ourselves in our culture. If we think of marriage as a way to secure peace within a culture and love as a reflection of the security of our society and its values, then supporting equality in marriage between two people who love each other is a natural progression of a peaceful and secure society.

Kate Jans


Economic struggle

The United States of America: nowadays when citizens of the U.S.A. or even foreigners have casual conversations with others about our country, they might feel that we are struggling with almost everything. But the big thing that we as a country appear to be struggling with the most is the economy. Right now, our nation’s unemployment rate is 8.2 percent as of March 2012; during that same month only 120,000 jobs were added or created.

An example of a problem that is hurting our nation is the fact that the members of our nation’s Congress are being given outstanding pay raises and are receiving large amounts of money in the way of fringe benefits while countless families are living beneath the poverty level and continue to struggle when it comes to making ends meet.

Some questions that many residents of the U.S.A. want answered are: Why is so much money being spent in other ways instead of boosting the economy? Why isn’t Congress doing a good enough job so that more jobs are created, the price for a gallon of gas can start to go down more, and so that the unemployment rate can decline more quickly than it is? And why does it appear that members of Congress continue to get pay raises while millions of people continue to suffer?

Kyle Fogg


Postal reform bill S1789

I would like to commend our Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe and their staff for once again standing up and fighting for the citizens they represent in Maine. Their work to prevent the consolidation of the Hampden postal processing plant and their work on the postal reform bill S1789 that Sen. Collins co-authored shows once again their dedication to serving the best interest of their constituents.

They have put in endless hours writing letters, attending meetings, answering letters and telephone calls and crafting this legislation to preserve timely mail service to the majority of the state of Maine. They recognized the detrimental effect the closing of the Hampden processing plant would have on many businesses in Maine, the effect it would have on the citizens in Maine who rely on the timely delivery of the mail for prescription medications, newspapers and pension checks, the impact on the postal employees having to relocate their jobs and the financial impact of the loss of the postal employees’ payroll to the Bangor area.

They have fought long and hard to prevent the harmful effects and disruptions the consolidation of the Hampden processing plant would cause to the people and businesses of Maine. The legislation was recently passed by the Senate; I would like to ask our representatives in the House to please pass this legislation as quickly as possible to also serve the best interest of the citizens of Maine.

Phillip Hunt


Attack with a vengeance

It’s been a tough year to be a wage earner. The Republican-run Legislature took their lead from Gov. LePage and went after the working class with a vengeance. The assault was often cloaked as fighting fraud, but time and time again the end result was a worse deal for the working poor and the middle class. From the “reform” of the unemployment system to the drastic changes to the workers’ comp system, LePage’s attack on those who are down-and-out has been successful.

Workers’ comp rates that were already falling will continue to drop, but only because injured workers will be denied benefits they need. The unemployment charge to employers will go down, but only because people who are already in a bind will be squeezed tighter. These changes will definitely hurt people who are already in pain. And let’s not forget the so-called right-to-work bill that’s still alive. It’s another way the governor can take a shot at people he has no respect for: his employees.

The governor’s own party has publicly rebuked him twice in the last two years, and yet they continue to follow his lead on policy. Attack the unemployed, attack the injured, attack state workers and attack the only people with a voice loud enough to defend them all: unions. I’ll remember this when I head to the polls in November. I bet the rest of Maine does, too.

Scott Cuddy


Ted tickets

I suspect very strongly that there are far more Ted Nugent fans in Bangor than there are fans of the Bangor City Council. Many of those fans have already voted with their ticket purchases. (Alex Gray said traffic on the Waterfront Concerts website and its Facebook profile, as well as ticket sales, were affected by the controversy over the weekend. “The rate of sales for that show doubled over the weekend,” Gray said.)

I trust those same fans will “vote again” when councilmen are up for re-election.

Randy G. Day


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