Tiger’s repentance

Dealing with professional misconduct — whether it be clergy, celebrities or counselors — requires that we name the right problem, and name the problem rightly. Tiger Woods’ sentiment, “I thought I was entitled,” reflects the real problem: the abuse of power.

Tiger Woods’ issue is not so much about sex addiction as it is narcissistic tendencies. Sex is just the result of the behavioral practices of deceit, manipulation and exploitation that stem from thinking you’re above the law, or won’t get caught due to your status in the community, society or both.

The path to true repentance and healing requires expressing remorse and apology to those directly harmed; in this case, the women and their families whom he’s charmed. Otherwise, we should remain suspect of the motives for his public act of remorse.

Becky Bell



Don’t leave us behind

Anthem Blue Cross was granted a 10 percent rate increase last summer and is now suing Maine taxpayers for a 23 percent rate increase and guaranteed profits. Wouldn’t you say that is a bit of an exorbitant increase?

As I watched the president’s State of the Union address several weeks ago, I watched as Sen. Snowe reflected during the health care portion of the speech and was encouraged. Both Sens. Snowe and Collins know the horror stories that result as a product of medical problems and lack of coverage.

I also hope that Sens. Snowe and Collins remember the support they have had in the past from local Democrats such as myself. It is a shame to think that the Democrats and Sen. Snowe are letting the Scott Browns of the world rule the Senate when Sen. Snowe has worked so hard up to this point to see meaningful health care reform to the finish.

Sen. Snowe and Democrats in Congress — must not leave Maine or the nation behind. We are all looking toward the future. The future calls for meaningful health care reform that expands coverage and increases quality for Mainers and Americans now.

Lola A. Bullion



Pawlenty pandering

Sunday morning before his appearance on “Meet the Press,” a clip was shown of Tim Pawlenty, governor of Minnesota, addressing a large audience. He began by saying he had a message for President Obama: “Stop reading terrorist suspects their miranda rights.” His Republican audience cheered wildly.

Either the governor is ignorant or he is deliberately misleading his audience. In handling the Christmas Day would-be bomber, the Obama Justice Department followed exactly the same procedures the Bush Justice Department followed with Richard Reid, the shoe bomber, and Moussaoui, the supposed 20th terrorist of the 9-11 attack. Both men were read their miranda rights, tried in federal court and are now serving life sentences in federal prisons.

June Stiller



There is a solution

Health care reform is still in the uterus in Washington, and its status is still uncertain. Last month, in his State of the Union address, the president referred to the House and Senate versions of reform, asking if anyone has a “better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors, and stop insurance company abuses, let me know.” He could have asked me.

I would have told him about an approach that 65 percent of Americans and 59 percent of American doctors say they want. It is an approach that has 44 years of experience providing excellent care to satisfied disabled and elderly patients. It is single-payer national health insurance, publicly funded and not-for-profit, also known as Medicare. It costs only one-fifth as much to administer as the insurance and pharmaceutical company-sponsored system we have today. Extending Medicare to every citizen is known as Medicare-for-all and would be the most cost effective solution.

Yes, it would be run by the government, and because of this, certain people will immediately dismiss it as socialist and doomed to fail. However, a lot of these same people would have to grudgingly admit that our military, our police and fire departments, some of our best schools, and Medicare itself are similarly run by the government and apparently do us very well. See Physicians for a National Health Program, a reputable supporter of Medicare-for-all legislation, for more information.

Bob Lodato



No conscience

I could not believe what I read in the Feb. 16 BDN concerning Fraser Paper. Talking to my cousin in Madawaska, I told him how pleased I was that the men at Fraser Paper ratified their contract.

What happened here in Millinocket, I didn’t want happening in Madawaska. Young people are leaving the area to find jobs elsewhere. Businesses are closing etc. Many concessions were given away here at our mill and what good did that do?

Now you see some of the higher-ups getting those big bonuses. Don’t these people have a conscience? What they are doing is taking out of the working mens’ pockets to line their own. I wish the article by Nick Sambides Jr. would have appeared before the vote, as I think you’d see a different outcome.

Maybe these people would think of giving back the bonuses so the people wouldn’t be so disillusioned, but then who am I writing about, people with no conscience.

Money McGibbon



A plea for gluten-free

Here ye, here ye all local restaurants, cafes, bistros, bakeries, pastry shops, delis and grocery stores, near and far: This is a plea for gluten free!

There are many of us who are aware that we can no longer ingest wheat products. For most of us corn, too, is a problem. Please make sure to have choices on your menus for us. I have read that perhaps 90 percent of the population has an allergy to wheat! What if all those people found out they were allergic to wheat, would you have something on your sandwich menu to offer them?

It’s the way of the future. More and more we are learning how to take better care of ourselves. Please have something we can eat. This refers to sandwiches and desserts too.

Are there any sugar-free, gluten-free desserts on your menu? Also, would you thicken your soup with something other than flour?

Ananur Forma