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Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012: Same-sex marriage, women’s rights and accountability

Posted Oct. 15, 2012, at 4:02 p.m.

Vote against gay marriage

Legal means are available to ensure that gay couples can participate in a civil union. I hope you will vote against the gay marriage question just as we have previously done on more than one occasion.

Don’t let the media fool you. It is not about the love a family has for their gay son or daughter. How could a parent show anything but love for their own child. It’s also not about the acceptance in society by firemen or the military. If the job is done well, sexual preference should have no bearing. It’s nothing but an attack on conventional marriage.

Leo Mazerall

Stockton Springs

Volunteerism of all

Just because you support public responses to public needs doesn’t mean you don’t also believe in volunteerism. We believe government action can improve people’s lives, but we also believe in neighbor helping neighbor.

That’s why we founded Neighbor Care: a group of Brooksville residents offering help to those who need it, through services like shopping, dog walking and rides to the doctor.

But some projects are too big, complicated or urgent to handle with voluntary associations alone. Building roads, insuring medical care and offering universal education are among the activities that require the pooled resources of all our citizens to succeed. When those public resources are lacking, vital public needs can go unmet.

It’s possible to put off the day of reckoning for a while by borrowing. But in the case of the federal government, debt levels have already gotten too high. So now there are two reasons we need to be sure to collect adequate revenue: not only to properly fund smart public investments but also to reduce deficitsl.

One way to raise the money is to allow tax cuts to expire at the end of the year on income above $250,000 a year. This would only affect 2 percent of American households but would bring in hundreds of billions of dollars in the next decade for debt reduction and to strengthen middle-class support programs.

Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins should help forge a bipartisan budget compromise that includes greater revenue contributions by those best able to afford it.

Peter Diemond

Jeanne Gaudette

Brooksville

Vote Levesque in November

Having served more than eight years on the Presque Isle City Council, I know how important it is that we have a strong Aroostook County voice that understands what our cities and towns face in delivering municipal services. That is why I am supporting Democrat Dan Levesque for Senate District 34 on Election Day.

Levesque’s service on the Ashland Town Council, his work in creating an industrial park in that town, and his efforts to bring millions of reconstruction dollars to Route 11 demonstrate his commitment to Aroostook County. He understands the importance of revenue sharing and how crucial it is in keeping local property taxes stable. He knows that what matters most to people is what happens close to home.

In addition to his public experience, he has managed businesses in the private sector and knows what it takes to create jobs. He is committed to making the natural resources of Aroostook County work for the people of the county, keeping the jobs and incomes here. He understands that when labor and management work together in public or private initiatives,the results are strong and positive.

We need someone serving District 34 who will represent the people of the district and look out for their best interest. We need someone willing to put party differences aside when it comes to legislation that affects the County. We need Levesque, and I urge you to vote for him on Nov. 6.

Calvin F. Hall

Presque Isle

GOP platform hurts women

“Elect us,” say the Republicans, “and we’ll get the government out of your hair by eliminating all those restricting regulations foisted on you by the Democrats.”

And yet their national platform wants to do just the opposite, restricting what women can do to and with their bodies with respect to abortions. And some of their candidates say there shouldn’t be an abortion even if the pregnancy was caused by rape.

With a platform like that, how can any woman (or any man who loves his woman) vote Republican in the national election?

Maynard Clemons

Belfast

Hold elected officials accountable

Our forefathers came to America with dreams of a country governed by the people for the people. What happened?

We now have the 1 percent getting richer and richer, while the majority of the population is getting poorer, finding themselves homeless and unemployed, forced into welfare, food stamps, stripped of their pride and dignity. As a retired state employee, I am experiencing it myself. The people who we the taxpayers elect to represent us in government — local, state and federal — are being bought off and turn their backs to our well-being.

We, the middle- and lower-class citizens are now having programs and benefits cut or eliminated, our taxes raised while the upper 1 percent get tax cuts and laws changed so they can get more money.

Come on, my friends and neighbors, stand up as true citizens and taxpayers; get to know your elected officials. Treat them as your employees because they do indeed work for us. Hold them accountable for their actions. Vote, but then follow up by keeping track of what the candidates you voted for actually do. Let them know what you think.

Loren Snow

Surry

The right to live anywhere

Regarding “None of six Senate candidates are from Maine,” (BDN, Oct. 9) I am at a loss to understand why focusing on the candidates’ state of birth is useful. Is there nothing else to write about the candidates because they are so similar, all being from away?

Is this headline an affirmative action reference showing how liberal Maine is because they

even allow people from away to run for public office? It is time for all Maine natives to stop commenting on people being from away as if we are second-class citizens. Wouldn’t it be fair to say that the only people who are not from away are Indians?

I chose to move to Maine because, as an American, I have the right to live anywhere I want and participate in my community and government. This article is simply a stupid distraction and a vacuous story. All Mainers deserve better.

Beth Dilley

Southwest Harbor

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