Wednesday, May 30: Dunlap for Senate, a dangerous curve

Posted May 29, 2012, at 3:34 p.m.

Same-sex marriage

Regarding the same-sex marriage issue, the BDN astonished me, and no doubt other many other Christian traditionalists, with this editorial observation about President Obama’s recent conversion: “it is the morally right thing [for the president] to do.”

This is quite a leap! As columnist Charles Krauthammer wrote, the president’s flip-flop represents support for “a radical transformation of the most fundamental of social institutions.”

The BDN, in aligning itself with the president on so-called moral grounds, is, in effect, arguing that same-sex marriage is a civil right, not unlike the right to vote. So the logical implication of your morality argument is then, as Krauthammer explains, that those of us who still believe in the sanctity of traditional marriage are bigots.

Indeed!

Aren’t you turning the world on its head? Did your “editorial board” really think this thing through? Even if you ignore the slippery slope peril of same-sex marriage, one central question persists for me: How could my hometown newspaper, in good conscience, use its editorial voice to portray a significant portion of its readers as immoral bigots?

V. Paul Reynolds

Hampden

Preaching to the choir

Thank you, Pat LaMarche, Pulse Radio, Stephen and Tabitha King, Husson College, and the many other collaborators that brought Faces of the Poor to the stage of the Gracie Theater in Bangor on Wednesday night.

Seven brave, articulate adults shared their personal stories of extreme misfortune, poverty and prejudice with an attentive and warmly responsive crowd.

When someone in the audience lamented that only a few policymakers were present for the event, and that the house was packed with all the usual suspects, Pat quipped, “We preach to the choir so the choir will sing.”

As the featured guests spoke of their vulnerability, perseverance and gratitude, the empathy of their listeners was palpable.

If each listener shares just one of the seven stories with someone who did not attend, the special evening will deservedly have a longer lasting impact.

Sing, choir, sing!

Meg Callaway

Old Town

Senate endorsement

I support Matt Dunlap for the U.S. Senate. He served in the House and then was secretary of state when I was in the House. He is knowledgeable on state matters and will serve us well.

He is a party politician but will work well with other parties.

Raymond Pineau

Jay

Dangerous curve

Re: your recent article about the “dangerous curve” leading into railroad tracks in Ellsworth ( BDN, May 19-20), let me join the crowd. Yes, in 2010, I too, along with my family happened upon the curve and in no time at all we were headed down some railroad tracks to nowhere. It was night and the experience was like a Stephen King movie.

I was going to make a comment about a possible phantom train coming down the tracks right at us, it wouldn’t have surprised me at all. Then I learned this Memorial Day there will be actual real trains on these tracks.

My family was lucky. No damage to the car and no one was hurt. Please fix this deadly situation, that yellow tape isn’t going to do the job.

Rick Emmert

Eastport

LMF bond

I am writing to thank my legislative representative, Pete Johnson of Greenville, and all of the other legislators who voted to authorize a bond issue that will provide funding for the Land for Maine’s Future program.

Past funding of LMF has generated economic benefits for the people of Maine. A recent Trust for Public Land study found that every $1 invested in land conservation through LMF returned $11 in natural goods and services to Maine’s economy.

LMF protects Maine’s unique quality of place and natural-resource-based economy by conserving our forests, farms, fisheries and wildlife. By safeguarding Maine’s “green infrastructure,” LMF supports several sectors of Maine’s economy: forestry, agriculture, fishing and nature-based tourism.

Previous LMF funds have protected land in each of Maine’s 16 counties. I live in the Moosehead region: In my own “backyard,” LMF funding has protected Mount Kineo, Nahmakanta Lake and the West Branch of the Penobscot River. There are many more special places throughout our state that deserve protection. However, LMF lacks money for future land purchases.

The LMF bond is a smart investment for Maine, one that will benefit Mainers on many levels for many generations to come. I hope that Rep. Johnson — and other members of the Legislature — will continue to vote to support the LMF bond in the event that Gov. Paul LePage decides to veto it. Maine people deserve a chance to vote on the LMF bond this November.

Wendy Weiger

Greenville Junction

We like Maine

There is absolutely nothing dishonest about those of us against Peter Vigue’s east-west highway. We like the rural life, where it is really quiet. We like to hear the birds sing. We like it dark at night for stargazing, we like our contiguous forest, cleanest air in the country, and cleanest lakes in Maine. We like to shop in town at the local independent businesses, and we like the two-lane roads.

Rather it is deceitful of Peter Vigue to not explain up front why he wants a 2,000-foot right of way for a highway smaller than the turnpike and some power transmission lines. Why is he keeping the investors secret? What’s the real agenda here? And by the way, Mr. Vigue, the population of Piscataquis County grew 2 percent from 2000 to 2010. People move here for the opportunity to have a lifestyle hard to find in the rest of America.

Julia Flanders

Guilford

Maine’s Future Bond

I was pleased to see that Sen. Kevin Raye and Rep. David Burns both voted in favor of the Land for Maine’s Future bond.

There are some very important lands in Washington County that need LMF funds, and we are fortunate to have legislators who recognize the value of the LMF program and its history of broad, bipartisan support. The misguided governor has said he will veto all bonds, but I trust that Sen. Raye and Rep. Burns will both stick with their votes and override any such veto.

Andrew Cadot

Roque Bluffs

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