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Oct. 13 Letters to the Editor

Homeland insecurity

Public health is a crucial element of homeland security. To be poor, to be sick, to be out of work, these are the conditions of homeland insecurity.

And worries over health care coverage serve to exacerbate these conditions.

If we can invest billions to defend ourselves against a terrorist in a cave somewhere, we can afford national health care insurance that protects us from the enemies of reform who get rich by profiting from the insecurity of the rest of us.

Will there be shortcomings, inefficiencies and misdeeds? Of course.

There always are when people and money are involved. But I’ll take my chances with a system in which I can exercise my voting rights over one that leaves me out of the loop and subject to the greed of the corporate interests and their investors.

Let us be the “triggers” that launch the protests when the system fails us. In the meantime, let’s make national health care insurance part of our national defense. And let’s get Sens. Snowe and Collins and Rep. Michaud working for real homeland security.

Bill Phillips



No threat to marriage

I received a letter from a 15-year-old boy in South America. For his 15th birthday he received a roasted chicken and was thankful. I try to help charities in this country and worldwide.

I have some friends who are gay or lesbian. Some of them are better Christians than I am. The gay community has been marginalized and discriminated against for years. I never met a person who chooses to be gay or lesbian. The threat to marriage is divorce. Having been married for 48 years, I fail to see how gay and lesbian couples have any effect on mine or other marriages.

I did not appreciate the bishop paying $100,000 to that outfit from California to overturn a bill that our governor and the Legislature signed, and being asked in church to donate and support this cause. My church does a lot of good locally and worldwide but this money could have been better spent. People can have different opinions, but a campaign such as this will bring out the worst in some people.

I like the old Indian prayer that says in part, “May I not criticize a person until I have walked two miles in their moccasins.” If two committed people want to attain the rights and benefits of marriage, it should not be any of my business or the public’s. I hope that a majority of residents will vote early and vote no on Question 1.

Bob Tweedie



Family tree statistics

Statistically speaking, each one of us has a family member who is gay or lesbian. Why would anyone want to deny a family member the right to marry the person of their choice?

Jo Ann Myers



End the madness

If you have any doubt that Maine needs the Question 4 tax relief ballot issue to pass, take a look at the Piglet Book put out by the Maine Heritage Policy Center.

How many people know that Maine government spends $18 million every day, which is $13,000 every minute (page 5)? How many people know that Maine is almost $13 billion in debt (page 6)?

How many people know that between 2003 and 2005, Maine state government spent $602 million on economic development programs (page 8), many of which, a state office says, have no “goals or objectives” or “performance measures”?

This book just goes on and on like this. Millions wasted on Dirigo Health, millions wasted on too many state employees who are paid too much, millions spent on “clean election” campaigns for politicians.

According to the Piglet Book, the state spent a total of $127 million in 2008 on “miscellaneous spending.” They don’t even know what they spent it on.

Thanks to the folks at Maine Heritage Policy Center for pointing out the insane spending that gets done in Augusta. We need Question 4 to pass to get this kind of spending madness under control.

Alan Lowberg



Doctor is no plumber

BDN columnist Dr. Erik Steele pontificates that, having seen thousands of naked bodies, we are all in essence the same, and so gay people should get married (“Offering the naked truth on same-sex marriage,” Oct. 6). I wonder what “essence” he has been sniffing.

Perhaps a short course in plumbing would help him see that there is a bit of difference in male and female fixtures. To top it off, he informs us that to see it any other way is naked (he likes that word) fear, ignorance and prejudice.

Wow, what enlightenment!

He personifies the secular worldview. It would appear he is incapable of understanding that many do truly, and with unswerving conviction, hold to a biblical worldview. Simply, this holds that “a man and a woman will leave their parents and be united and become one flesh.”

Further, homosexual behavior is a perversion, an abomination.

Marriage is not simply a definition of an abstract relationship. It is a profound covenant ordained by our creator which merges men and women as intended by design.

Don’t believe this if you choose not to, but to think that those who do must be afraid, uninformed, and biased is worse than silly — it’s just plain stupid.

David Anderson



Same-sex education

Those who wish to see marriage redefined in Maine adamantly deny any inclusion of gay marriage education in school curriculum by pointing out that there is no marriage curriculum in schools now. Just because there isn’t a set curriculum entitled “Marriage in Maine 101” doesn’t mean that marriage and sexuality are not taught.

If marriage is redefined, schools will have no choice but to teach about homosexual marriages. Though they may not have a “marriage workbook,” when marriage is referred to in stories, skits, plays, songs etc., you can be sure that if homosexual marriage is not given equal time there will be someone filing a discrimination complaint. And because it will be prevalent throughout the curriculum, you will not easily be able to opt your child out.

Passage of this law will definitely affect how Maine children are taught. Please vote yes on Question 1.

Lisa Norsworthy


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