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Nov. 18 Letters to the Editor


The audacity of it all

Thank the Almighty that the interminable, obnoxious and infuriating electioneering is over for now. It’s such a relief that I don’t care anymore who won. Does it make a difference? I doubt it.

The most qualified candidates (those who have executive experience) got washed out in the primaries. To me, the Senate is the last place to get a president from. If senators are so vital to the working of the country, how can they walk off the job for two years to campaign and still hold the seat with all pay and perks? In what other industry could a key staff member get by with this? Even academics get only a year sabbatical every seven or so and that’s academics, who are not vital to the nation’s well-being.

Where is the adult supervision? Where is the outcry from the patsies (aka citizens, voters and taxpayers)? Is this a once- great country or what? No wonder the politicians count on us not to nail the slackers for malpractice and then re-elect them in spite of it all. The audacity of it all.

It has been said that there is a sucker (us) born every minute, now it’s every millisecond, I think.

Orin Lowe



Tilting at windmills

It amazes me how there is always resistance when any industry attempts a move into Maine. On one hand, people complain about their inability to find good-paying jobs in Maine. On the other hand, they complain how they can’t stand to look at a string of windmills stretched out on a ridge. It is about time people come to their senses and prioritize.

When it comes to all the different types of industry that could be moving in, we have the chance to make wind power as important to the Maine economy as paper mills once were.

I have stood under the windmills at Mars Hill and under others in Iowa. At no time did the slight noise from the blades interfere with my ability to hear the sounds of nearby traffic.

In a perfect world, the hills of Maine would be free of windmills, the streets paved in gold and we all could “summer” in Florida.

The world is not perfect, the streets barely get paved, I don’t even like Florida and windmills should go up all over the state.

Ron Porter



Justice for abuse victims

As a young boy I was sexually molested by a relative. At that time I was told monsters weren’t real; little did I know that they are real and mine still haunt my dreams 40 years later.

I was molested by this man from the age of 6 until the age of 10. I started drinking and doing drugs daily at 13, trying to stop the nightmares. I tried to commit suicide for the first time at the age of 14 and continued this path of self-destruction for 15 years. I’ve since been in counseling trying to find inner peace and a way to stop the nightmares and suicidal thoughts I suffer with daily.

I decided the only way this was going to happen was to face this person in court. I have tried to get someone in law enforcement to arrest this man, but was told there was a statute of limitations, which would not allow them to prosecute cases that had happened in my situation before 1999.

I asked why this same statute didn’t apply to people who were prosecuting priests for acts 20, 30 or 40 years earlier and was told that was made possible by special legislation passed only for that situation because it was so widespread.

Why is one group of people allowed to prosecute pedophiles, while others are denied? If anyone has encountered this same problem, please contact your senator, congressman or the ACLU to see why people such as ourselves are not allowed equal justice to face our molesters in court.

Jeff Chambers

Smyrna Mills


Mandate PFD use

I am moved to write due to another tragic boating accident near Dover-Foxcroft, in which four men set out in a 12-foot boat without wearing life jackets.

How sad these longtime friends were not wearing their personal flotation devices, or PFDs, which might have prevented two from drowning.

A 36-year-old Houlton native drowned last spring for the same reason.

Please, let us all convince our legislators in Augusta to mandate the wearing of PFDs when in a boat, canoe or other floating devices on our lakes and ponds. We must not lose another person because they were not wearing a life jacket.

Torrey Sylvester

New Limerick


Mental health is key

How sadly ironic that on the front page of the Nov. 12 Bangor Daily News is a report on proposed cuts by DHHS in Medicaid, which include social services and psychology services for adults, while on the OpEd page a column by Sen. Edward Kennedy lauds the passage of mental health parity after a decade of trying.

When will we realize that one can’t have good physical health without good mental health? Or that without preventive and supportive services, society will face more expensive costs in hospitalization or institutionalization?

Please continue careful reporting of the specifics of the proposed cuts and their impact on Maine residents. Newspapers and TV news predominantly cover accounts of accidents, fires, and crime, rather than the policy and program shifts that so seriously affect us all.

Pamela Taylor



Tax assault weapons

I am mystified by individuals who want to buy assault rifles for hunting animals such as deer, moose, etc. (a recent BDN story reported “Fear of weapons ban spurs sales”). Assault by definition is “a violent attack or onslaught.” For the military, it is “the stage of close combat with the intent of doing harm.”

Why does a hunter need a semiautomatic assault weapon? It must be that their marksmanship is so pathetic they need a rapid-fire weapon. Assault rifles such as the AK-47 and AR-15 were developed for military use. I remember when hunters prided themselves on “a-single-shot-kill.”

I am a lifelong Democrat and I support ownership of weapons. But I think there should be a heavy annual user fee levied on assault weapons to discourage their use.

If a hunter needs a semiautomatic assault weapon, he or she should have to pay extra for it.

Miles Gray


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