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Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013: Guns, domestic violence and government pay

Trusting in guns

“In guns we trust” will soon replace this country’s motto, “in God we trust,” on our coins and currency.

We trust the National Rifle Association’s recommendation that guards armed with guns belong in every school. We trust Arnold Schwarzenegger’s words that the guns and shoot-’em-ups in his latest movie are purely entertainment and have no connection to school massacres. Why trust in God anymore when guns claim our attention and loyalty?

The United States has 89 guns for every 100 people, almost one per capita, and far more than any other country. We also experience far more mass killings in which guns are the weapons of choice.

The men who wrote our Constitution were thinking of muskets, not assault rifles, when the Second Amendment was passed. What is the purpose of an assault rifle except to kill many people at once?

Why does someone living in suburban Connecticut need an assault rifle such as the one used in Newtown? Why does anyone outside the military need an assault rifle?

I grew up with guns in my home, used by the sportsmen in my family during deer season. One of my physical education electives in college was Riflery 101 where I learned gun safety and how to shoot on the rifle range.

Guns per se are not the issue for me; the issue is our country’s idolatry of guns. We worship guns to the exclusion of any sensible dialogue about their numbers and types.

We trust that even more guns will create less violence.

Kathy W. Walker


References disrespectful

On the front page of the BDN on Jan. 9, I read the story “Student-athletes learn to be leaders in respectful, nonviolent behavior,” about athletes rejecting violence.

On the following page, I was appalled to see a quarter-page color advertisement for Erin Donovan’s blog titled, “I’m Gonna KILL Him.”

I realize that the BDN blogger may choose to use these words in her blog title as she does. However, to have this sentiment expressed in an ad with the word “KILL” in red letters, drops of blood and an indication that her husband has done something to warrant killing him is alarming.

There are so many families shattered by acts of violence in Maine that Donovan’s references to harming one’s partner could be thought of as hideous and blatantly disrespectful.

Marleen Athorp


2012 warmest on record

Scientists confirmed what many Mainers already assumed: that 2012 was the warmest year yet on record.

Combined with devastating events like superstorm Sandy and the record drought that engulfed much of the country, the past 12 months offered an alarming picture of what we can expect even more of as the climate heats up.

This is a clear call for us to tackle global warming and to clean up the largest sources of the carbon pollution fueling the problem.

President Barack Obama proposed the first-ever carbon pollution limits for new power plants — a truly historic step toward cutting carbon emissions from the biggest culprit.

A record number of Americans have already spoken out in support of the proposed standards, and I urge the Environmental Protection Agency to finalize these standards and to develop standards for existing power plants. Stopping global warming and protecting our environment depend on it.

Alison Giest


A government helping others

Why is it that the government can give itself raises? Why can governors hire relatives for jobs? Why does everyone want to lower benefits to the elderly and the disabled and the veterans?

The United States sends millions of aid to countries all over the world when we have homeless people and starving children of our own.

If we kept our military at home, it would reduce hazard pay. If government workers in state and federal positions would take a pay cut instead of cutting money to those who really need it, maybe our government could get back on track.

Then the vulnerable might not have to worry about their next meal or where to sleep at night.

Sherry Auger


Name offensive, disappointing

How many ways must it be said before the owner and “friends” of “Big Squaw Mountain” understand that the name of this ski resort is offensive to many?

I am appalled that the name has not yet been changed, especially after many Native Americans have expressed their dismay at the use of such a derogatory term.

Many schools across the country have dropped mascot names that offended Native Americans.

But to see the name of this ski slope in bold type on the front page of last Thursday’s BDN was disappointing. I am offended as a woman, as a friend of many Maine Native Americans and as an American citizen.

Judy DeLong

Bar Harbor

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