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Tuesday, August 6, 2013: Pope, Zimmerman and high-paying jobs


Pope spin

The condescending tone of the Aug. 1 BDN editorial, “Will the pope walk the talk,” merely highlights the fact that the pope’s inspirational work at the World Youth Conference was of zero interest until he made a comment on the way home that had the possibility of being spun into something useful to our Maine elite social and moral architects.

Catholics have always been taught not to judge others and that sins are something that God forgives upon repentance. If his gentle approach to this is appealing, so much the better for the saving of souls.

I don’t know about the Church “adapting,” especially if it means “evolving” in some secularly pleasing way. But it is the living body of Jesus Christ on Earth and as such will “prevail against” attempts to define her in terms of our own desires.

Susan Mendell



Stand your ground

There are few other states in this country that have “stand your ground” laws. In essence, according to the legal definition, people not only have to fear for their life to use deadly force to protect themselves, they only have to think they may be in danger of losing their life.

In the George Zimmerman case, both the prosecution and the defense indicated this case did not indicate any racial profiling or discrimination and that race was not the issue. However, as we all know, there are certain political and other organizations that can’t wait to exploit these situations as racial profiling and discrimination. That’s when we have strong and violent protests and riots, as what happened with the Rodney King verdict.

As President Barack Obama said a few years ago, “We are a country of laws, let’s respect those laws and verdicts.” The jury has spoken, let’s move on.

If anything, the death of Trayvon Martin should be blamed on the Florida “stand your ground” law, not racial profiling. Maybe it’s time for the law to be reviewed by the Florida Legislature.

Stephen A. Podolsky



Animal farm

Shame on those people for encouraging the theft of the O’Meara Family Farm animal. It’s fun to “root” for an escapee such as this, but in reality the hog is the property of the farmer — to do with as he wishes.

Mary McGlinn



List of accomplishments

With time running on, a story pertaining to the passing of longtime friend, servant and Bangor area confidant Gerald E. Rudman has yet to appear in print in the BDN.

Gerald E. “Jerry” Rudman was an outstanding senior and lifelong Bangor citizen. He was especially well-known and respected for his talents as a Bangor attorney. Dozens of this area’s business leaders and hundreds of our citizens would agree. Rudman’s presence always made a difference and was eagerly sought.

Rudman also unselfishly gave his time to community and charitable causes, including years of service as a trustee for Eastern Maine Medical Center, director of Merrill Trust, Merrill Bankshares and Bank of America. In addition, he provided many years of service as chairman of Bangor’s Civil Service Commission, leader at the University of Maine School of Law, trustee of the Cole Family Land Transportation Museum and Foundation and member of his synagogue and other organizations.

Galen L. Cole



Smog rules

I’d like to respond to the Aug. 2 BDN article “EPA supports LePage’s plan to loosen smog control rules.” In my world, the Environmental Protection Agency is there to protect the environment, not help corporations.

The Food and Drug Administration is there to keep us safe from the harmful effects of things like bisphenol-A, while the Department of Environmental Protection should be a safeguard against any harmful effects of pollution on the citizenry.

So why are they all “kissing up” to big business? What’s really going on is that the fox is guarding the hen house.

Tom Newman

Southwest Harbor


In the dark

The Aug. 2 BDN editorial, “Where are Maine’s high-paying jobs?” about rural Maine jobs failed to mention one limiting economic factor encountered by rural workers and potential businesses — the lack of high speed Internet service. I live where I can clearly see several 500-foot windmills, but I don’t have affordable Internet service or even reception on my cell phone — two items my small business would thrive on if they were available.

Diane Collar



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