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Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014: Gratitude for care, bear baiting, LePage supports unborn


Gratitude after crash

It took less than a minute to pass out, crash into the guardrail, wake up as I was jostled across route I-95 North, and land upside down in the ditch. Coming to a standstill, I heard myself whisper, “I’m ready if this is the end of a good life.” When I awoke, it was as though I were enveloped in a deep peace. I opened my eyes when a gentleman in a blue shirt said, “Close your eyes tight, we need to break the window.” Who were all these beautiful people of all ages whose images were still on the back of my eyelids?

They were the Good Samaritans who had come to rescue the bruised and bloody stranger by the wayside: They were the three women (doctor, nurse and other) who stayed to give me reassurance as the next responders were awaited; they were the man wielding the crowbar, and the teenager who used a pocket knife to free me from the seat belt until the rescue team arrived to retrieve me from the mangled vehicle; at 10 p.m. the Good Samaritan was the state trooper who cared enough to come to the hospital and say that 20 people had stopped to help me. This is for you all — medical personnel, pastoral caregivers, sisters, family, friends bearing meals and running errands, and so much more.

All you Good Samaritans are ever a part of my life. I shall try to “pay it forward” for the gift of continuing my life as “a nun everywhere I go” and “for whomever needs me.”

Claudette Arlene Darisse



Maine and Florida

As a relatively new property owner in Maine, I have an observation about the BDN’s reporting on the activity of Gov. Paul LePage. The BDN treats him the same way that our daily paper does with respect to Gov. Rick Scott in my home state of Florida.

Essentially, the guy can’t catch a break, no matter the issue. Whether it’s his removal of the Maine Technology Institute chief or his very reasonable requirement to drug test welfare recipients with a felony record, there is a reliable anti-governor slant to the report.

Another similarity between your paper and that in Florida is the embarrassing antic and language complaint about the governors. Both LePage and Scott are plain spoken. They don’t have the politically correct, sugar-coating style of entrenched politicians. How far we have come in this great country where we admire fancy rhetoric more than clear, decisive action?

But maybe there is hope still. At least the electorate in both Florida and Maine saw fit to treat these men to a fair review when it came time to vote.

Ralph Wallace



Bear bait

A lot of work and preparation go into a bear hunt so a working person can enjoy the vacation of a lifetime. Maybe they will see a bear, and maybe they won’t. Take away the bear baiting because it is not fair, some say. A small percentage of bear hunters ever get a bear because a bear doesn’t always come to a bait site. How much effort does it take to buy a steak at the grocery store from a cow that had no chance at all?

Ken Robinson


Vote yes

This year’s process to bait Maine bears began on July 26. Bears are baited with donuts and greasy foods to lure them to areas where they will ultimately be killed or mortally wounded to die forgotten in the woods. Hounds chase and terrify the bears as hunters of varying skills gather to shoot them. Cruel traps snare paws that will never release, resulting in slow painful deaths. Often, other animals are accidentally caught in these barbaric traps.

Maine is the only state that allows baiting, trapping and hounding. Please consider voting yes in November to end this legalized cruelty. Let’s be even more proud of our state.

Sandra Fordyce

South Portland


Frivolous column

Can you tell me what the inflammatory reference to the Gaza war in Chris Busby’s Aug. 8 column has to do with Kevin Donoghue’s eating habits? Would Busby pair a personal opinion about pigeons in Monument Square with an “objective” report on the 1,600 people killed in Iraq in the month of July or the 1,800 people killed in a recent 10 day period in Syria or the ethnic cleansing currently happening in Syria and Iraq? I have to wonder if Busby has an agenda other than writing frivolous columns about the “progressive” city of Portland.

Leonard E. Minsky



Kale plants

I read with interest the Aug. 4 BDN article on the shortage of kale seed. Someone stated that kale cannot survive Maine winters in order to blossom and set seed the following season. I am quite sure it can, although probably it would not be viable for large-scale seed production.

Since growers can winter over kale for the fresh greens market, it follows that they can also leave it in place to start up the following spring and set seed. I found kale wintered over in York County and grew seed stalks; therefore, in colder regions, this ought to be possible with winter cover such as tunnels or two layers of row cover, but no heat. So keep your kale plants and let them regrow in spring 2015; you will get some seed, and that’s all the small grower needs.

Helen Opie

Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia


Unborn support

Thank you, Gov. Paul LePage, for having the conviction and courage to take a stand for unborn children. It’s unbelievable the life of a child has become a political issue, but this is the corrupt world in which we live. The president publicly mourned for the five- and six-year-old children who died in a senseless school shooting, yet declares support for the murder of children still in the womb.

Life is God’s creation and is sacred, from the very beginning until death. The aborted child has no voice, no platform to plead for his life. It will take the courage and faith of leaders both local and national to stand up for the unborn’s right to live. To Mike Michaud and Eliot Cutler, what if your mothers had believed as you do?

Beth Weirich


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