Articles by Lee Witting

A Palestinian boy, who suffers from alopecia areata, waits to receive bee-sting therapy at Rateb Samour's clinic in Gaza City, April 11, 2016.

In its drive to beat cancer, sometimes the medical establishment forgets kindness, compassion

By Lee Witting on Sept. 22, 2016, at 10:23 a.m.
OpEd: Why there should be more cancer today and cancer treatments and medications should be so costly is a tragedy that baffles logic and hurts the heart.
Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

Can ghosts redeem themselves? Revisit ‘A Christmas Carol’

By Lee Witting on Dec. 08, 2015, at 1:09 p.m.
If you’re looking to extract your soul from the materialism of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the rest of this season’s shopping routine, then plan to revisit one of the great Christmas stories of the last 200 years — namely, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Dickens’ original intention was to …

Was Judas a traitor to God? Is Snowden a traitor to the US?

By Lee Witting on June 22, 2015, at 1:20 p.m.
There has always been controversy concerning the definition of “traitor.” From Edward Snowden, who raided our government’s top secret larder to feed the appetite of the press, to numbers of corporate whistle-blowers who betray the corrupt bosses who pay their salaries, the word traitor is said more loudly by the …
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Spiritual people and an aversion to church: When religion doesn’t get it

By Lee Witting on Dec. 17, 2014, at 10:16 a.m.
Stop by any mainline church this Sunday, and you’ll most likely observe the gray hairs outnumbering the young ones. As a hospital chaplain, I can’t help but notice that more and more patients these days describe themselves as “no religious preference” folks, though they’re often glad to see a chaplain …
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A pastor asks: From disease to conspiracy, is God to blame for all this?

By Lee Witting on Sept. 14, 2014, at 11:55 a.m.
In my work as pastor and hospital chaplain I’m constantly asked, “How can God allow such suffering in the world?” Faithful Christians die of cancer and heart disease; the military-industrial complex stages war-for-profit escapades in places such as Vietnam and Iraq, and thousands of U.S. service people are maimed or …
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Nitpicking Obamacare is a GOP obsession

By Lee Witting on Dec. 01, 2013, at 12 p.m.
Susan Dench’s Nov. 21 OpEd reminds us once again of the smug cruelty being employed by political opponents of the Affordable Care Act. Along with Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity (and others at “Faux News”), Dench has seized on some Colorado group’s pro-ACA ad that highlights birth control coverage. She uses …
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GOP aims to profit off the suffering of others

By Lee Witting on Oct. 07, 2013, at 12:34 p.m.
Like the exaggerated steps of kabuki theater — or the gyrations of walking zombies — the tea party Republicans of the House of Representatives jerk crazily across the political stage. The point of the performance is to kill affordable health care for Americans with cancer, diabetes, heart disease or any …

Best label for genetically modified foods? Skull and crossbones

By Lee Witting on May 05, 2013, at 11:59 a.m.
The same day Lauchlin Titus’ OpEd, “ Don’t label genetically modified foods” appeared in the BDN, the Huffington Post front page featured a Reuters report with the headline, “Roundup, an herbicide, could be linked to Parkinson’s, cancer and other health issues, study shows.” The unnamed, 8,000-pound gorilla Titus’ OpEd was …

GOP protecting wealthy at expense of poor

By Lee Witting on Dec. 03, 2012, at 12:18 p.m.
Frequently a question contains the seed of its own answer. In last Friday’s BDN OpEd page, however, one column’s question could have read its answer from the column directly above. At the bottom of the page, columnist Matthew Gagnon asked what needs to change in Republican Party politics in order …

A letter from Mitt Romney to one Bangor writer

By Lee Witting on Oct. 01, 2012, at 3:07 p.m.
A letter is generally intended to inform. Dr. Alan Boone’s recent article, “ An open letter to Mitt Romney,” was instead like a mirror, reflecting back onto Romney all the distortions of his tedious campaign for president. Hope springs eternal, and it’s my fervent belief that truth will win in …

Editing out Obama’s truth

By Lee Witting on Aug. 01, 2012, at 2:48 p.m.
  Weeding through the BDN last Friday, I briefly thought Matthew Gagnon got something right when he wrote, “Context matters.” Unfortunately, his column tumbled downhill from there, but it’s that initial thought that proves so galling in this year’s political lie-fest. Primarily it’s the way Republican apparatchiks take video clips …

Jesus goes to Wall Street

By Lee Witting on Oct. 28, 2011, at 4:42 p.m.
There is a phrase popular since the 1990s which asks, “What would Jesus do?” Its origin is from Charles Sheldon’s 1896 Christian novel “In His Steps,” which held a mirror to the faces of comfortable churchgoers who, like Dickens’ Scrooge, often ignored the sufferings of the poor and homeless. Over …

Easter poses the question for some: Who was Jesus, anyway?

By Lee Witting on April 22, 2011, at 11:19 a.m.
On the road to one of the villages in the Golan Heights, Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say I am?” Several explanations were offered then, and different answers are being given today. Jesus’ response to the disciples holds true today, as well: “But what about you? Who do …

A modern-day Christmas tale

By Lee Witting on Dec. 10, 2010, at 10:15 p.m.
’Twas a dite before Christmas, and all through the land, The bad little children were way out of hand …

‘Hereafter’ a profound look at life after death

By Lee Witting on Nov. 05, 2010, at 9:09 p.m.
It’s hard to imagine a movie more perfectly suited to our day and age than “Hereafter.” It’s a story about a Near Death Experience, or NDE, to be sure, but just as importantly, it dramatizes …

What makes the Holy Book holy

By Lee Witting on Sept. 24, 2010, at 7:05 p.m.
Christian writers for this Voices column mirror to some extent the diversity of scriptural beliefs current in the world today.

St. Francis’ legacy lives on for all Christians

By Lee Witting on Aug. 13, 2010, at 7:24 p.m.
This weekend and next, my church is presenting an original play about the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Why, you may ask, would a Protestant church be celebrating the life of a Catholic saint? And …

Signs point toward End Times

By Lee Witting on July 02, 2010, at 8:28 p.m.
A few weeks ago, my sharp-eyed wife reported spotting a topless female motorcyclist cruising down Bangor’s Main Street on a sunny afternoon.

Circles, points and lines: Spiritual reflections on time

By Lee Witting on May 21, 2010, at 6:51 p.m.
The obituaries page of the April 15 Bangor Daily News carried a story of the death of Antony Flew, a British philosopher and atheist who late in life changed his mind and converted to belief in a Creator.

Fractious faiths share Abraham

By Lee Witting on April 02, 2010, at 8:19 p.m.
Abraham is father to the three major monotheistic faiths, and we have to wonder what Father Abraham thinks when he looks down on the ongoing, intramural squabbling of Jews, Christians and Muslims.