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Monday, Jan. 14, 2013: Guns, Quimby and religion

Which kills more people?

This gun-control debate is dragging on and on. The public, the media and certain members of Congress say we should ban the right to bear arms.

Then, while we are at it, let’s ban alcohol and tobacco.

Oh wait, we tried banning alcohol before, but that didn’t work. People still found a way to drink.

So if we ban guns, people will find a way to get what they want. I pose one question: Which kills more people? Drunk drivers, tobacco-related cancers or guns?

Wayne Moshier


Quote not accurate

A letter printed in the BDN on Dec. 28 carried a quote, allegedly from Adolf Hitler in 1935, declaring, “This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!”

The quote has been circulated for over a decade by the acolytes of the gun lobby and the NRA. It can be found on bumper stickers and billboards. Its use is clearly designed to link the proponents of gun control with Hitler and Nazi Germany. Such a linkage would indeed constitute a formidable argument, if it were true.

The problem is, it isn’t.

The author dated the quote vaguely “in 1935.” But researchers, including some of the more rational pro-gun advocates, have combed Hitler’s major speeches in 1935 and 1936, and no such statement can be found.

Moreover, Germany already had gun registration in 1935, having been enacted by the democratic Weimar Republic in the 1920s.

The bogus nature of the Hitler quote is easily checked on the Internet. The irony is that the Internet has also made it possible for those living in a parallel universe — who believe that Barack Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim, that climate change is a hoax or that gun control is a Nazi invention — to now communicate and perpetuate their mythologies.

Lynn H. Parsons


Quimby’s ‘gift’

In response to the Jan. 8 letter, “Quimby Bashing,” while two wrongs don’t make a right, Roxanne Quimby has done her share of “Mainer bashing.”

I have an absolute aversion to trapping and hunting, and I do not ride a snowmobile or ATV. But, those are my opinions and choices. I do not believe I can or should force them on everyone else.

A significant reason why many Mainers chose to fight Quimby’s park is her numerous statements over the years that she hopes to see her land become the seed for RESTORE’s 3.2-million acre park.

My issue with Quimby’s “gift” is that it will turn over thousands of acres of Maine land to the federal government.

Once the land becomes federal land, the area around it will also be subjected to federal regulations as a buffer zone. It will greatly hamper economic development, which the area badly needs. Tourism, alone, cannot provide the jobs with earnings to support a family.

Many of us agree that Quimby can do what she wants on her land. But, when her actions will have an effect on surrounding land and lives, Maine people have a right to oppose it.

Using her land to block others’ access to land she does not own, and buying parcels to use as “bait” for promises or punishment with those who don’t agree to her plans, is unacceptable and has rightly earned her the anger it has generated.

To understand why many of us are against Quimby’s park proposal you can find information and facts at http://preservemainetraditions.com.

Kathy Gagnon


Stop ‘Godless culture’ references

I would like everyone to stop with this “Godless culture” nonsense. Why should Christians have the right to worship when atheists are denied the right to be nonbelievers?

The separation of church and state is used to prevent the government from supporting any one religion, not support atheists.

In response to comments in a Jan. 3 letter by Rhonda Loncto, I say America was founded on the ideas of John Locke. He believed in life, liberty and property.

Everyone has a right to free speech, but please do not skew these ideas by calling them Christian. In fact several founding fathers weren’t even Christian.

I am not anti-Christian, but everyone has a right to be Christian, Muslim, atheist, Hindu, Mormon and so on. America is a free country; let’s keep it that way.

Zach Lamb


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