Monday, Feb. 25, 2013: Sane gun control, Scout values and thanks for a returned wallet

Posted Feb. 24, 2013, at 12 p.m.

Support gun control

I am a Vietnam-era veteran. I was interested to see that the National Rifle Association brought their “big guns” to Maine in the form of a full-page, political advertisement in the BDN.

As the NRA has instructed, I have placed a telephone call to the offices of Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins in order to do my part regarding proposed gun control legislation. I should mention here that I consider “my part” to be urging our senators to support President Barack Obama’s efforts to add some sanity to the issue of guns in our culture — one of the most violent cultures on the planet.

This debate has little, if anything, to do with the Second Amendment. This debate is about addressing our country’s obsession with weaponry that has no place or purpose in the hands of its citizens. It is about holding accountable those who choose to have guns.

I cannot help but believe that in our state there are those who own guns and those who don’t who feel as I do. As the NRA did in their ad, I also ask that you call King and Collins, but I ask that you tell them that you support Obama’s gun control proposals.

Dana Williams

Belfast

Scout PC

The Boy Scouts of America has shaped the youth and future leaders of the United States since 1910 through mentoring, lifelong learning, faith traditions, serving others, healthy living and building character. However, they discriminate by preventing homosexual boys and leaders from joining.

A recent flurry of people who want to join has somewhat shifted views of the Boy Scouts National Council, and they considered allowing individual councils to decide if homosexual boys could join.

I am now a student at the University of Maine, a registered Boy Scout leader, an Eagle Scout and straight.

All the values that I have been taught, throughout my eight years of scouting, has taught me to embrace everyone and treat everyone the same.

The Boy Scout oath says, “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”

I have repeated this oath about a thousand times. Many would say that homosexual scouts can’t be “morally straight,” but being morally straight means to “live your life with honesty, to be clean in your speech and actions and to be a person of strong character.” I don’t see why any homosexual scout could not uphold that principle.

Homosexual scouts would also uphold the Scout Law, which states, “A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.”

Chad DiPrisco

Springvale

Oil profits

I have heard many statements regarding petroleum production in the United States. I have even heard many of our politicians state that we produce enough oil that we can supply our needs for a very long time.

If this is true, why are we still dependent upon the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries?

In regards to the high price of oil, as a student at our local university, I learned that the difference between the buying price and selling price is called profit. So, is Exxon/Mobile’s enormous profits due to the high oil prices?

Wayne LeVasseur

Bangor

Same story, different place

This letter is in response to the Feb. 18 BDN story, “Otis man finds, returns wallet lost in Afghan war zone to U.S. soldier,” about a young man finding a wallet on the street of Afghanistan and going to great lengths to return it to its owner.

My story was somewhat similar, except I did not know that my wallet was lost until it was found. I had gone to a local variety store, and, in the process of getting into my car, I had dropped my wallet in the parking lot.

I returned home not realizing I was missing something. My phone rang, the caller identified himself and asked if I had lost anything. He then told me he had found my wallet and brought it to my house.

I wish to publicly thank John Butterfield and Dennis Prewitt of Clifton for my wallet’s safe return.

There are good Samaritans out there everyday doing good deeds, but we only hear about the bad things — drugs, murders and stealing, for example.

Whether in Afghanistan or Eddington, there are hard-working, honest people out there who would help someone in need everyday. Many of them never get recognized for their acts of kindness.

Sandra Hodgins Cookson

Eddington

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