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Nov. 12 Letters to the Editor

Quagmire of war

When some of us said, as Karl Marx prophesized, that our capitalist economy was feeding on itself, we were scoffed at. When some of us said that, like the Roman Empire, American’s empire would fall from within, we were ridiculed. Yet, here it is happening right before you every day.

Having tried as we might to warn our country of the danger it was heading toward, pseudo-patriots drowned us out with their belligerent clamoring for ever-increasing profit and for war.

Each day in America the wealthy do well and the rest become poorer. Deeper and deeper America sinks in a quagmire of unnecessary war.

Ronald C. Warner



Maj. Hasan’s crime

After reading the BDN’s Nov. 7-8 editorial “Wounded Warriors,” I came away feeling that this is just another misdirected example of trying to blame everyone but the person who committed the crime.

Maj. Hasan is a terrorist who has a doctorate in psychiatry (at our expense, by the way), a counselor with a specialty in dealing with soldiers’ emotional problems as they were leaving or returning from warfare, and then praising Allah while in the process of gunning down 40-plus American soldiers and civilians.

Instead of blaming the past administration that “launched” the two latest wars and the post-traumatic stress that resulted from them, maybe we should blame Hasan for being solely responsible for his horrifying actions.

It has been reported that he was given a poor performance rating and as a result was transferred from the Walter Reed Army Hospital.

Also as an American citizen and ranking military officer, he was criticizing his own U.S. military for being involved against his radical Muslim counterparts. Knowing that, he should have been dishonorably discharged and tried for treason several years ago. I can guess why that didn’t happen. Have you ever heard of being threatened by misguided interests with a lawsuit for religious discrimination?

Joseph C. Bertolaccini



No on 1 won

On Nov. 3, the No on 1 forces lost a vote, but they won the campaign.

Let’s look at both sides: The No on 1 side humanized gay men and lesbians. As a result of this campaign, we met same-sex couples, heterosexual parents and children, teachers, veterans, clergy, laypersons, Democrats, Republicans — all Mainers who support the notion of equality.

The yes side was forced to reiterate time and time again that this was (supposedly) not a religious matter, shattering their own illusion that same-sex opponents somehow have a monopoly on morality, faith traditions or spirituality.

The no side brought to light legal and social injustices so great that even the yes side had to acknowledge them and call for their repair.

The no side showed that same-sex couples are everyday Mainers, raising stable, loving families. In the USM debate, Yes on 1’s Brian Souchet conceded, “No one is denying that gay and lesbian parents are good parents.”

Because of Question 1, we can no longer deny that same-sex couples and parents live among us, and have been marginalized by society. We cannot deny that injustices are present.

What did Yes on 1 accomplish? Through scare tactics, it postponed an inevitability. Conversations have been started, and nothing can take that away.

Essentially, Yes on 1 spent millions of dollars to say, “Change is bad,” and No on 1 used their donations to say, “Hello. We exist. Let’s talk.” No on 1 changed Maine, and that’s a win.

John Coons



Berlin visit called for

I was born the year the Berlin Wall was built — born on the other side. Twenty years ago, the wall fell. It was brought down by people who, just like in America, believed in freedom and the pursuit of happiness. That was the defining moment of our lifetime.

I am disappointed the president chose not to go to Berlin to mark the anniversary. What was more important? On this anniversary, we are, once again, all Berliners.

Ivan Manev



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