May 24 Letters to the Editor

Posted May 23, 2010, at 7:16 p.m.

Motivated recovery

Will the day ever come when we, as a society, will say enough is enough to the “Just Say No” campaign? Are we blind as a society and do we just turn our heads thinking this is working when in fact, substance abuse is escalating, and people are not able to make changes by just saying no? Do we think that our youth hear us and are listening? Things are not changing, in fact they are getting worse, and just saying no is not working.

It is time that we look at the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It is time that we treat people with addictions as human beings who are respected, loved and encouraged to motivate themselves to change. As a society we need to encourage people with addictions to take control of their own lives, and with motivational interviewing these changes can happen. The success rate for Motivational Interviewing, developed by Dr. William Miller and Dr. Stephen Rollnick for addictive behavior, is overwhelming.

Become motivated to change and you will not only say “no” today but you will say “no” tomorrow.

Megann Holland

Penobscot

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TRADE Act must pass

Everyone wants to figure out how to create jobs. I suggest that we go to the root cause of one major source of job loss in Maine: bad trade agreements like NAFTA and the World Trade Organization.

Maine has lost over 30,000 manufacturing jobs since NAFTA passed in 1994. We have nearly destroyed this entire sector of our economy, one that we used to take pride in. We still have some manufacturing, but until we stop the flow of jobs overseas, families and communities will continue to suffer.

Free trade agreements have shifted production abroad where corporations can get away with paying below poverty wages, polluting the environment, and operating unsafe factories.

Free trade has to be reformed. Rep. Mike Michaud has written a bill to do just that. His bill “The TRADE Act” would review and renegotiate existing trade agreements and put standards on all future trade deals, like food and product safety, environmental and labor standards.

I hope Sen. Olympia Snowe will sign on as a co-sponsor to “The TRADE Act.” She voted against NAFTA and CAFTA and knows that free trade has devastated Maine. We need “The TRADE Act” so families and communities like mine in Lincoln can have a brighter economic future. I was born in Maine, have lived here most of my life and have worked at the Lincoln mill for almost 21 years.

Roger Zelkan

Lincoln

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McGowan’s blend

As the gubernatorial primary election gets closer, people are having mixed feelings about whether or not to elect someone with business or government experience. With all the candidates having either business or government experience, only one candidate in the race for governor has both.

Pat McGowan has experience operating four successful family businesses in Central Maine and was also in the Legislature for many years, ran the New England Small Business Administration, and most recently was the commissioner of conservation for the state.

He has experience in the private and public sector. He also has experience taking care of the best parts of our state, the lakes and parks.

Pat McGowan has the perfect blend of experience to effectively run the state of Maine. On June 8, I will be casting my vote for the candidate with the best resume, Pat McGowan.

Richard Coulombe

Old Town

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Serious Steve

I am writing this letter to express my support for Steve Rowe for governor.

I believe Steve is the best qualified candidate among a very good field of Democratic candidates first and foremost because Steve is a leader. He has proven this throughout his working career, first as a West Point graduate and Army officer in the service of his country, then as a legislator and Attorney General, earning the respect of people of both parties along the way.

Some may criticize Steve for being a little too serious. In listening to Steve express his ideas and vision for Maine’s future you get an idea of just how serious he really is.

He is serious about early education and its long-term benefits.

He is serious about creating sustainable livable wage jobs. He is also very serious about lowering energy and healthcare cost and improving Maine’s transportation and communication infrastructure to attract new business and help existing business stay in Maine.

Steve is a serious guy and these are serious issues facing us today, which is why I hope voters join me in supporting a candidate who will take the job very seriously.

David Higgins

Hampden

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Greek prediction

The situation Greece finds itself in should not come as a surprise. It was foretold by an 18th century Scottish historian, Alexander Fraser Tytler: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefit from that public treasury, with the result that a democracy will always collapse from a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a dictatorship.”

William McConnell

Presque Isle

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A case of equal rights

I’m a 15-year-old home-schooled woman, but at this point I’m quite embarrassed to be identified with females. I don’t normally pay attention to the newspaper, but when the front page sports a picture of top-naked women, it’s pretty hard not to notice.

So, a bunch of females march down the street shirtless and bra-less because they want to have equal rights with men. There’s a slight problem with that. Women have something men don’t have: breasts.

The fact is that God created males and females differently. Different doesn’t mean that males are better than females. It just means not alike.

Men also differ from women in how they think. Men are a lot more visual.

Female breasts out in full view make men think about sex. Male chests don’t do nearly the same thing to women. That’s certainly not equal.

I respect my body-that’s-not-male. Therefore I keep it clothed. How does degrading oneself achieve equal rights? Isn’t there some sort of indecent exposure law? If there isn’t, maybe we need to make one. Do the women think they’re gaining something out of all this? Do I have an ounce of respect for any of them? Absolutely not. Do you?

Abigail Brooks

Machias

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