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April 28 Letters to the Editor

County not ‘nowhere’

As a new resident of Aroostook County I find it amusing that certain people of southern Maine would call an extension of Interstate 95 a “road to nowhere.” The amusing part is that I moved here from midtown Manhattan and my New York City friends were calling the entire state of Maine a “nowhere.”

I’m quite sure the great people of Maine would not appreciate the New Yorkers’ arrogant name-calling and I don’t think the people of Aroostook County appreciate the southern part of the state saying it either. With nearly 75,000 residents and a border with Canada the extension could benefit The County and the entire state.

With proper infrastructure Aroostook County could have the same opportunities for growth as our brothers and sisters to the south. We are also taxpaying residents of this state and we should not be overlooked. Why should we be the only people north of Miami not to have proper access to I-95?

Brad Wolverton

Presque Isle

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God’s lead in marriage

God is a benevolent and all-knowing father. Using the Bible and godly advisers he guides us to actions that benefit us and away from actions that harm us (personally and as a society). He does this by showing us what we “should” do and what we “should not” do.

Problems arise when we incorrectly state that God tells us what we “can’t” do; we, as stubborn humans, don’t like this and often rebel against it. We attempt to justify our own wants and desires by looking for “evidence” that backs up our desire. We look for scientific studies, Bible quotations and “common sense” that back up our ideas. This is always achievable but when we do this, we are trying to define God in our own image, which is wrong and harmful.

Marriage between one man and one woman was defined by God as an institution to benefit us. And it does benefit us when we pursue it in a godly way – by loving and putting our spouse and children above ourselves.

Pursuing marriage by any other definition is ultimately harmful to those involved and to society as a whole. As a society and as a state, we need to encourage marriage as God has clearly shown us; between a loving man and woman willing to place it above their own natural selfishness. God knows all and wants only the best for us. We should listen to Him for our own good.

Larry Charles

Corinna

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Human rights

I would like to address Ms. Beulah Bragdon’s letter “Damon’s bill a risk” (BDN, April 8). According to Ms. Bragdon, Maine’s Domestic Partnership laws confer “virtually” all of the rights granted to heterosexual married couples. This is simply not true. There is an unequal burden of proof of the domestic partners’ relationship and the rights are severely limited.

Not only must the two parties have lived together in Maine for 12 months before they are granted this partnership (something not required for legal marriage), but the registry is “intended to allow individuals to have rights of inheritance as well as the rights to make decisions regarding disposal of their deceased partner’s re-mains.” (Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Instructions and Information for the Domestic Partner Registry in Maine, page 2). That’s all. It only addresses death. That might be all Ms. Bragdon wants in her marriage, but I want a life with my man — I want marriage.

As for her other arguments: polygamy is not the issue. Bestiality is not the issue. Pedophilia is not the issue. The issue is whether or not one consenting adult should be allowed to enter into the legal, civil contract called marriage with another agreeable consenting adult. Applying these alarmist tactics only distracts from this main issue.

It is difficult to see a rational argument against Sen. Dennis Damon’s legislation — legislation that is, indeed, necessary for equal rights.

David Cox

Orono

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Maine infrastructure

Boy, has the BDN got it wrong about our infrastructure.

Maine was “nowhere” until the 1950s. Thank goodness for Eisenhower’s appreciation for moving troops and services to the hinterlands. The interstate system crept north from York, allowing Mainers to return home to our roots from our family’s jobs in the aircraft industries of Connecticut. No longer was the mass exodus of Mainers driving through every hamlet of Maine in August at plant shutdown time the eight- to 12-plus hour trip it had been.

Now families trying to make a living who had moved to Connecticut could come home. If it had been up to Maine, we still would be dodging potholes and buried stumps on Route 1.

When I traveled to Caribou around 1992 I was shocked. The road was in desperate need of work, yet I had just left the comfort of interior York County where Route 202 was being provided with more comforts to get commuters to Portland faster.

I know the numbers game and why it works that way, but I still disagree. A couple of modern three-lane roadways are overdue. I don’t think anyone is asking for a four-lane highway to Fort Kent. Try spending some time north of Lincoln, without a snowmobile, canoe, or backpack. Maine should be embarrassed at what little at-tention it pays to folks living farther away from our population centers.

I suppose, though, that it has protected us from the terrible world south of our border. Our beauty and values have survived, and folks who come here appreciate that.

Patricia Felton

Belfast

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Pittsfield movie fan

April 17 will always be a special date for me in Pittsfield. That is the date the modern and beautiful Pittsfield Community Theatre held its’ grand re-opening with a family movie.

The movie fans of this entire area may once again enjoy great motion picture entertainment the late J.R. Cianchette, Sr. made possible by spending a great deal of money in making the theater built in 1915 into a modern and beautiful showcase for Pittsfield in the 1950s. He made it possible for us to have a beautiful, modern theater all these years.

I am very thankful our town officials are well aware of the value of the theater in Pittsfield. I enjoyed my stay there from 1962 to 1975. The only firm interested in buying the theater in 1975 was an X-rated circuit that wanted to show X-rated films in this area. This I would not allow.

Please support this modern and beautiful motion picture theater.

Glen Wheaton

Pittsfield


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