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Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012: Religious tolerance, economics and smoking

Where is religious tolerance?

This election, more than any other, shows a huge difference between the parties. They have polarized, with the Republicans more to the right and the Democrats moving far to the left with their progressive march against old-time religion. They removed any reference to God from their party platform, but when Mitt Romney and other Republicans criticized them, President Barack Obama had God reinstated. But they had a hard time getting it officially voted in by a voice vote.

The Democratic platform says the party strongly supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to abortion, regardless of ability to pay, but the father has no rights at all.

They support marriage “equality” and equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. Obama is in favor of gay marriage. The progressive movement wants to de-Christianize America.

The Republican platform calls for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others; our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation.”

But at the same time with the mandate under Obamacare, Christians are being forced to violate their belief and conscience by having to pay for contraception and the morning-after pill for their employees in their schools, hospitals and charities. Where is this religious tolerance?

We must vote Republican to get this country back on track.

Thomas Coleman Sr.


Obama created economic uncertainty

No one disputes that when Barack Obama assumed office, he inherited a difficult situation. Instead of accepting responsibility for the uncertainty his policies created, he blames everyone but himself.

The private sector, the job-creating engine of the U.S. economy, is frozen due to uncertainty. For personsin the private sector to make decisions involving spending, hiring or expanding, they need to have some degree of certainty in three specific areas: labor costs, energy costs and taxes.

Decision-makers need to project labor costs. Due to the confusion and uncertainty created by Obamacare, labor costs cannot be confidently calculated.

Decision makers need to have a grip on energy costs. Without a cohesive energy policy, billions wasted on failed solar companies, a Middle East strategy in ruins and an ongoing war on fossil fuels, Obama has failed to create any stability in the energy sector, which is necessary for making good business decisions.

Obama has failed to create stability with taxes. He engages in class warfare and threatens to raise taxes on the very people deciding to grow or start new businesses.

Imagine you’re the person responsible for deciding whether to build a new production plant. If you can’t project your energy costs, tax rates or employee costs, how can you proceed?

Obama inherited a difficult situation, but he is personally responsible for the economic uncertainties his policies have created.

Let’s correct the mistake we made in 2008. It’s time for Republican Mitt Romney.

Dave Neilson


A Simple Contest Proposal

Let’s start today by having a contest. How many companies, businesses, manufacturers, self-employed and marketing jobs have been destroyed in this district on the watch of our current politicians?

Make a list and get it to me! The longest list will be published, and our politicians will be held accountable. Party and politics as usual are done. Instead, “We the People” can get it done.

Now on to another topic of interest.

I have been informed that not one “tombstone vote” will be counted this year. Families with members in nursing facilities will be monitoring voting practices. It has been reported that one family member in a nursing home with the mental capacity of a 5-year-old has voted in elections during the past 30 years.

Not this year!

It is amazing how our local university has the highest voting percentage in the state. Just why is that? Please be assured that voting for legal residents who are capable and eligible for voting will be protected this year. This year, your vote will count! Voting gimmicks will not fly this time around.

Enough. Our better days start now.

Mike Nadeau

Fort Kent

No smoking

If in fact the science that documents studies showing negative effects on others from secondhand smoke in open areas has been peer-reviewed and accepted as fact within the health community, then tobacco should be outlawed, plain and simple. No exemptions. If the stuff is that bad, make it illegal. That will end any continuing debate.

But, is secondhand smoke (especially in outdoor areas) as dangerous as reported? Growing up in the 50s and 60s, when almost everyone smoked, many of us were repeatedly exposed to large quantities of secondhand smoke in confined environs every time we entered a car, plane, train, movie theater, public arena or, for that matter, in our own homes and those of our neighbors. Given what the science and anti-smoking campaigns lead us to believe, one would think that everyone over the age of 55 would be dead by now.

As long as tobacco remains legal, smokers do have rights. I for one have no problem with allowing someone to do what is still legal even if I get the occasional whiff while in the outdoors. Given the exposure I had as a youth, I doubt a few more diluted smoke inhalations will be detrimental to my health.

Brian Steinwand

St. Albans

Re-elect Longley

I am writing to urge our community to re-elect Judge Susan Longley as Waldo County judge of probate. As an adult education instructor for RSU#3’s family literacy program, Students and Parents in Cooperative Education (SPICE), I work with families with young children, children who will follow in their parents’ new role-modeling, behavior which demonstrates the understanding that education is the key to their futures.

Occasionally, our families need the court system to help them onto this path. For privacy reasons, I cannot name families here; but time and time again, I have been told of the fairness, even-mindedness, and excellent solutions they had been given by the court system. They said

that their judge had been thorough, thoughtful, careful and compassionate. Every time I heard this and asked who this judge had been, these families always answered, “Susan Longley.”

Beth Buechler


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