Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012: Gay marriage, big-government finances and faith

Posted Sept. 04, 2012, at 3:15 p.m.

Financial turmoil

With a presidential election looming in the near future, the campaign trail appears to be inundated with mud and offal. Instead of addressing the real issues, they are more concerned with what their opponent has paid in taxes than the problems facing all of us.

I’m sure the accountants who prepare the tax returns for both presidential hopefuls have used every loophole and escape hatch provided by the ever-vigilant IRS. To quote my favorite accountant: “Pay the government everything you owe and not a penny more.”

Most of us are greatly concerned with what will happen to our taxes with the ever-expanding need and greed of our government. Over the years, our citizens have relied more on big government to bind up their wounds and pay their expenses, even as our population has been expanded by illegal immigrants who, in many cases, are receiving benefits they are not entitled to.

I’m sure I’m not the only legal citizen who would like to hear the candidates tell us what they are going to do about our crushing national debt. I’m certain that most legal citizens would like to hear what the candidates have planned for those illegal residents who are now living off the largesse of our government. In the midst of this financial turmoil, I’ve not heard our Congress make any concessions, such as giving up some perks or a reduction in salary.

For too long, there has been a tendency to look at Uncle Sam as the benevolent uncle with deep pockets. Now is the time to sew up the holes in those pockets.

Rita M. Souther

Camden

Marriage vote

News items recently have given us information concerning the status of same-sex marriage. We are told that six states allow gay marriage; but it is very important to acknowledge that these six states have this distinction only through court order or state legislators.

However, when the people themselves have had the opportunity to vote — more than 30 times since 1998 — they have all soundly rejected what has been arbitrarily forced upon them! Should all of these voters, therefore, be considered “bigots” and “homophobes” — labels that homosexuals always put on those who oppose them?

Traditional marriage is the cradle of life (one man, one woman). This definition must not be tampered with or falsely redefined. Marriage is not a word that can be stamped on all relationships.

Sodomy-based, homosexual behavior is what it is — but it is not, and never could be called, marriage. Let Maine voters again affirm this fact in November.

Pat Truman

Hallowell

Men of faith

Who is President Barack Obama really? Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., said, and I quote, “President Obama has a different view of what our culture should look like.” So many of his initiatives violate the moral laws of our great Judeo-Christian faith, and he seems to use European models for what our culture should look like. As a matter of fact, when I think of comparisons, I use the leader of Spain, Zapatero, whose policies were to encourage more abortions, greater access to divorce and the embrace of gay marriage.

It is hard to understand how a primarily Catholic nation could have allowed a socialist/marxist government to rule them. We can ask the same questions of the American Catholic electorate. Why did Catholics so resoundingly vote for Obama? Were Catholics hoodwinked by a unchurched, biased press that polls indicate are indeed in the tank for Obama?

Will Catholics continue to vote for a man, whom I believe is committed to socialist/marxist ideology in direct contradiction to Catholic/Christian moral laws and principles? Is the Catholic population in Maine and elsewhere more committed to political party than loyal to their faith principles?

I tell you, we do not have to worry with the election of Mitt Romney. He will uphold the values of our great Judeo/Christian faith given to us by our forefathers. Our forefathers, men of deep, deep religious faith.

Elaine Graham

Farmington

Augusta representation?

Regardless of political party, we can all agree that our lawmakers should be representing the best interest of their constituents 100 percent of the time — not just when it’s politically convenient.

In my view, Sen. Roger Katz is not among those lawmakers. He voted for a state budget that cuts funding for an intensive case manager on the Augusta Police staff who helps officers deal with potentially mentally ill people in distress. This position has helped keep Augusta streets safe in a community that is the home of Riverview Psychiatric Center.

Katz’s budget cuts now jeopardize that position, and the cuts couldn’t have come at a worse time. Riverview Psychiatric Center is closing three group homes and displacing 16 patients who live in those homes, placing more of a burden on the city, public safety officials and property taxpayers.

Katz’s constituents are up in arms about losing funding for the intensive case manager position, and Augusta city councilors are concerned about public safety and health risks. An election looms, so Katz now plays the role of Augusta’s savior, despite the fact that he is partly responsible for the problem in the first place. Is this the kind of representation Augusta deserves?

Tim Bolton

Augusta

Support for agenda

In his letter (BDN, Aug. 28), Joseph Kelley raises the question of whether gay rights, including same-sex marriage, is one of the things that the brave men who went to war against Nazi Germany were fighting for.

Kelley vehemently expressed the opinion that World War II was not fought for the rights and freedom of gay and lesbian couples. He may not know that the Nazi concentration camps and gas chambers were not built with only Jews in mind. Political dissidents, gypsies and homosexuals were also among those interned and put to death in such nightmarish facilities.

While gay rights may not have been on the mind of those going to war (in fact, sexual orientation was hardly an issue in the 1940s), the freedom of gay and lesbian couples to marry and live without persecution is exactly the sort of issue that WWII was fought for.

Oppressed minorities of all types have the brave men and women who fought against Hitler’s tyranny to thank for the liberty they enjoy today. It is my fervent hope that those liberties continue to expand and that all people will one day live as equals.

My wife and I strongly support the same-sex marriage agenda.

Anders Benson

Kingfield

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