Jan. 6 Letters to the Editor

Posted Jan. 05, 2010, at 4:58 p.m.

Boost gasoline tax

Congratulations to the BDN for the editorial about highway funding (“Stop Highway Juggle,” Jan. 2).

It is past time for our lawmakers to raise enough money to repair our transportation infrastructure. The gasoline tax would be an excellent start.

We all survived $4 a gallon gasoline. I’m sure we would cope with a few cents to fix our roads and

Gerald Lufkin

East Millinocket

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Green Christmas

In the days leading up to Christmas, a great deal of media attention focused (and rightly so) on the Wreaths Across America program begun by Mr. Morrill Worcester in Columbia Falls. It even was featured on a “Making a Difference” segment of “NBC Evening News.” However there was no mention at all of another worthwhile program.

Trees for Troops is a nationwide effort by FedEx and the Christmas Spirit Foundation, a part of the national Christmas Tree Association. More than 16,500 Christmas trees were donated by growers across the country and delivered by FedEx free of charge to families at 50 or more military bases in the U.S.

Each year Maine growers give 300 trees, which are gathered at a central location in Newburgh and picked up by FedEx. The trees this year went to Fort Campbell, Ky. They were accompanied by 300 bags of at least 10 ornaments each, gathered by the women of the Maine Christmas Tree Association. Several American Legion posts in Maine have been helpful in getting the trees to Newburgh and they are loaded on the truck by members of Post 201, Dixmont.

Jim Corliss

Newburgh

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Leadership needed

Last year was not a good year. My comments focus on the rolls played by congressional leadership and corporate social conscience in addressing the issue of health care reform. Hopefully, at year’s end, we all will look back favorably on efforts to extend affordable, quality health care to all in need. Eventually everyone needs it – some more than others.

Events of the past year, however do not bode well for most taxpayers; i.e. the $780 billion corporate bailouts, personal and business bankruptcy filings, home mortgage defaults, rising unemployment, accompanied by increases to already obscene levels of compensation to corporate executives.

Where does health care reform fit into this picture?

Our elected leaders refer to legislation as the “art of compromise for the benefit of all.” There are some big wheels to grease on the health care gravy train. The loudest come from the health care and medical services and insurance industries, which can afford to sustain lobbying efforts.

The outcome of compromise is shaping up to include : more entitlement crumbs to more beneficiaries; more grease to the providers; more deferred debt obligation to shrinking middle and expanding working-poor classes of taxpayers.

Yes, compromise is a well-practiced art form. Placate both the voting needy and influential greedy. That is what passes for leadership in Congress and socially responsive corporate citizenship.

Mike McVicker

Weston

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Misplaced confidence

It’s good to know that David Broder has confidence in Janet Napolitano (“’No drama’ Napolitano shows self,” BDN OpEd, Jan. 4).

That Mrs. Napolitano was cool under pressure is reassuring and that her department worked the way it should in the near-destruction of an airliner must be a huge load off those passengers’ minds.

Now, if the bomber’s explosive had gone off, what was it that Napolitano did to save those passengers? Nothing, that’s what. Her department failed in letting a maniac on board a U.S. airline.

All her professional “aplomb” aside, if the bomb had detonated, all would have been lost over Detroit.

Thankfully, the bomber was as inept as is Napolitano’s department.

As for David Broder, his commentary bombed. It was nothing but one more trivial puff piece designed to prop up the failing Obama administration during a

John Hubbard

Bangor

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Lieberman a chameleon

Sen. Joe Lieberman lost his primary election to a Connecticut Democrat.

Then he ran as an Independent (with the aid of Republican money) and defeated the Democrat. Thus he is considered an Independent.

Now he has the luxury of pretending to be a Democrat. So he caucuses with the Democrats, who awarded Lieberman a committee chairmanship as a Democrat. Now he votes with the Republicans, who he is in bed with, and caucuses with the Democrats.

Now Lieberman plays the role of a chameleon and is using this role for his own aggrandizement — thus making himself richer by being both a Republican and a Democrat. He is playing both parties to the detriment of the Democrats and the benefit of the Republicans. Why the Democrats are taken in by this chameleon and rewarding him as a leader is beyond comprehension.

Nat Crowley Sr.

Stockton Springs

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Bells for babies

“Bells for Babies” is a national public remembrance for the 50 million babies who have died in the United States over the past 37 years through surgical abortions.

At noon Friday, Jan. 22, all churches in the area are encouraged to ring their bells 50 times, one for each million babies whose lives have ended.

On this day, prayers are encouraged for families to hold together in God’s love and discipline. May the love of God, our creator of life and love for our fellow man; especially our families, the sick, the elderly, our enemies and others prevail. May the virtues of charity and chastity (virginity, celibacy, marriage and love of spouses, children and all) prevail. May the sins of selfishness, violence, wars, perversion of human sexuality (masturbation, fornication, adultery and homosexuality), unforgiveness, the rejection of spouses and children, unborn or born, cease.

People are encouraged to join in prayer at home, on the road, at work, in school, at church for Jesus’ love, forgiveness, mercy and peace in individuals, families, communities, nations and among nations.

St. Mary’s Church of Presque Isle will ring the bells at noon. The Angelus and other prayers will be recited in church. All are welcome.

Johnnie Cancelarich

Pro-Life chairman

Presque Isle

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