Monday, Dec. 10, 2012: Holiday history, fiscal cliff and Maine potatoes

Posted Dec. 09, 2012, at 11:13 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 09, 2012, at 11:45 a.m.

Season’s greetings

Tis the season for peace on Earth, good will toward men. Yet I see so many rude comments from people everywhere claiming it’s “my holiday,” so here’s a brief history lesson. According to scholars who have studied the Bible, Jesus most likely was born in September, if you take into account the position of the stars and the weather.

The Jews light the Menorah and have the Festival of Lights to remember the miracle from God of oil for their lamps lasting eight days. God said, “Honor thy mother and thy father,” and Jesus did; his parents were Jewish. The first Christmas trees were Pagan symbols to their God “Mother Earth” to celebrate the winter solstice.

So Christians in celebrating their own miracle of Jesus’ birth, borrowed the lighting of the Advent candles from the Jews and the Christmas tree from the Pagans and incorporated these things into their celebration. Therefore we are all a part of this wonderful season.

Kate Stein

Bangor

Duped by the Democrats

After this past election and considering the rhetoric of the Democratic Party concerning the “fiscal cliff,” it is evident that besides a driver’s license, voters should have to pass a competency test on economics and math in order to vote.

The Democrats passed an irresponsible spending plan that put the country some $5 billion in debt. If you tax the rich, a stupid mantra born of stupidity — the amount of dollars is far less than the $5 billion. Put another way, we have a 55-gallon drum of debt. The taxing the rich scheme may contribute a quart.

But here is the truth. That quart has a tremendous amount of economic value. If you are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, you depend on the quart for survival. If you are selling products, you depend on that quart. If you take that quart away, you have seriously damaged our economy causing more debt to accrue and further exacerbating the problem.

If we are to have a new tax rate, perhaps registered Democrats should be surcharged an additional 10 percent. If you are a liberal Democrat, then the tax surcharge should be 20 percent. If you are a socialist Democrat (unions), then a 30-percent surcharge. We do not need the bloated government levels we have. The rich pay too much for too little.

Robert Holland

Rockland

Solution: Close loopholes

Now that the elections are over, members of Congress must work together to address the looming “fiscal cliff.” If Congress can’t agree on how to balance the budget, this series of tax increases and funding cuts could cripple our economy.

One practical solution to this problem that both parties can agree on is to close corporate tax loopholes. Every year countless numbers of corporations manage to hide their profits in tax havens, paying only a fraction of their taxes, while the national debt rises. In fact, the amount of revenue lost each year to these loopholes is estimated at $150 billion — money that could be spent on infrastructure, education or reducing the national debt.

Every business, from large multinational giants to ordinary Main Street small businesses, benefits from our roads, education system and security. Yet large corporations are able to use loopholes in the tax code to skip out on paying for the American infrastructure that helps them do business, while responsible small businesses and ordinary taxpayers are left to pony up the difference.

Members of both parties need to come together to close these loopholes, ensuring that large corporations join citizens and small businesses in contributing to the structures that help them do business. Congress can no longer afford partisan gridlock as the deadline for the “fiscal cliff” approaches.

Nicole Karatzas

Portland

Marriage and Christians

Contrary to what has been widely reported, the people of Maine did not approve same-sex marriage.

The 53 percent of the people who voted in Maine approved same-sex marriage. Big difference. Regardless of the outcome, same-sex marriage is still wrong.

God’s laws trump man’s laws. We are not haters. We are Christians.

A recent letter to the BDN by Joe Haroutunian can be summed up in one word: hogwash. In another recent letter by James B. Wagner, he bemoans the fact that an earlier OpEd in the BDN by Debra Wagner opposing same-sex marriage was given “editorial prominence.”

I say,”it’s about time!” She was speaking as a Christian.

John Henderson

Bridgewater

Constitution and conspiracy

The first job of any conspiracy is to deny there is any conspiracy and if “outed” to create many false conspiracy theories to distract people from the real one. Maybe this is why it is increasingly popular to trash conspiracy theories while watching the U.S. Constitution get trampled by Congress and by the Federal Reserve’s bailouts.

Chairman Ben Bernanke admitted three years ago that “the Federal Reserve is not part of the U.S. government.” As the world increasingly loses godly government and embraces satanic principles, these global bankers drift us closer to a tyrannical one-world government.

This quote from global banker David Rockefeller’s book Memoirs (p. 405) says it all: “Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the U. S., characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and am proud of it.” Why is this man not jailed for treason?

I fear that in the propaganda/gag-order known as “political correctness,” we are like the mouse being swallowed by the snake, who interprets the mouse’s struggles as “hate speech,” and we as the mouse are beginning to see it all from the snake’s point of view.

Let’s fight for our Constitution or lose it forever.

Robert Bruce Acheson

Dixfield

Taxes and hot potatoes

In response to the article about Five Guys restaurant using Idaho potatoes instead of Maine potatoes: Someone seriously thinks that potatoes are so important that we need to bother our senators and representatives because they aren’t using Maine potatoes?

Don’t they think there are other things to worry about, such as the economy or the fact that most people’s taxes are going to go up at the beginning of the year? People wonder why businesses don’t want to come to Maine; maybe this is one reason. Is this why there is no longer Red Lobster restaurants in Maine, because they weren’t using Maine lobster?

Jeff Hoxie

Holden

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