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July 21 Letters to the Editor

Not the whole story

Emmet Meara’s July 9-10 BDN column expressing his certainty of Dennis Dechaine’s guilt in the murder of Sarah Cherry would have been more convincing if his listed evidence had dealt with a thorough investigation of two factors that have left me questioning Mr. Dechaine’s guilt over the years.

Why hasn’t the government deemed it important to know who the DNA found under her fingernails belongs to and provided a clear reason why that DNA hasn’t been compared with an extended family member who had been charged with child sexual abuse of other family members at the time of this murder?

When convictions are the result of circumstantial evidence, no matter how prolific, and hard evidence is ignored, doubts will remain.

I cannot imagine the pain that the Cherry family has endured over the years and they have my profound sympathy. But if Mr. Dechaine is not guilty, a murderer is still walking free among us.

Pat Jenkins



Wasteful indictment

There aren’t many mysteries here. Dennis Dechaine is in prison for the rest of his life, no parole. Prison life cannot be that great, so it’s not hard to accept that after 22 years he might have had a moment in which he wanted to give up.

I can also accept that in prison one can get things that should not be available, i.e. enough prescription drugs to commit suicide.

What I really want to know is, in these tight budgetary times of state belt-tightening, who in state government put “indict Dechaine on drug trafficking charges” at the top of his or her to-do list and why?

I worked for the state last year. We all had to prioritize our work carefully. Don’t these guys have any real work to do? What is really going on here?

Steve Sandau



Live within means

In 1974 my parents purchased a 12-foot by 65-foot, three-bedroom mobile home for $8,000. I remember at the time, as a young adult, asking them if they didn’t think they should spend a little more and buy a better model. They did not and the reason was they wanted to be sure to be able to pay for it.

Their combined income at their highest earning years was minimal, however, they managed to save for improvements over the years. They paid for a pitched, metal roof, wood siding, a new furnace and built a 20-foot by 22-foot porch. And, they managed to save a few dollars as well.

My mother, now widowed, still lives very comfortably in this home. The annual cost of taxes, insurance, electricity and heat is about $2,600. Because my parents always took care of things, the home is comfortable and safe. My mother could not move into anything better for $10,000 provided by the Home Star Bill, and more than likely, not even for $25,000 from bond funding without causing debt of which there is none now.

If not obvious, my points are that we must learn to live within our means and must learn to take care of what we have. Free money for this type of improvement is not free — everyone pays.

Judith D. Ford



Tea or taxes?

The continued high unemployment rate in the U.S. is unacceptable. Profitable U.S. corporations surely could hire more citizens vs. outsourcing their work. The government surely could hire more citizens to build and repair our physical and electronic infrastructures, our greening of resources, and our education and health promoting jobs.

But why would a profit aimed corporation want to dip into their bottom line by hiring more of us? And is it not political suicide to consider increasing the national debt by funding government jobs?

Solution: Bite the bullet, Republicans and Democrats, and raise income taxes! Even if just for an emergency short term of two years or so. Those of us who are lucky to be making an income surely could forfeit a few dollars a week to support our economy and our nation.

Unemployment is costing all of us in reduced government revenue (no job, no paying taxes or buying goods and services) and increased government spending (unemployment benefits, TANF, SSI, foreclosures, Medicaid, deterioration of mental and physical health, abandoning families) despite reduced government services including massive national teacher layoffs.

Oh, let them drink tea!

Jane Fairchild

Orneville Township


Put up or shut up

I’m not sure the Maine Board of Environmental Protection has its mission correct. So far, all it seems to do is dance to whatever tune the liquefied natural gas developers call.

First they bow to pressure from Calais LNG to expedite the hearing and review process. Then they are “disappointed” in the request for a delay, but go right ahead and grant it. How about expressing your “disappointment” with a big fine for the developers? They have cost a lot of people a lot of money with this, and should be held accountable.

Why are we surprised with the lack of oversight and regulation concerning the oil industry at the federal level when we have our very own state agency that seems to bend over backward to please these developers?

The BEP has a history of granting the wishes of LNG developers. Remember, at a huge expense to the taxpayers, they let Down East LNG totally withdraw its application halfway through the process.

Congratulations to Sean Mahoney of the Conservation Law Foundation for calling a spade a spade when he said it is time for Calais LNG to “put up or shut up.”

Gary Guisinger



What the fuss is about

The BDN’s July 17-18 editorial “Marriage Wars” is typical of the newspaper’s many previous attempts to deem as pointless the public’s resistance to redefining humanity’s oldest, most formative, institution.

The “what all the fuss was about” prophecy for our future generation belies obvious examples of societal unravelings perpetrated by the “third branch” of government. Has Roe vs. Wade been easily woven into our fabric?

The family in its traditional form (mother, father and children) is the most basic and powerful form of government known to humans. It stands in the way of big government, big business and apparently, the fatuous, relativistic ends of those who would know best for us.

Donald Mendell


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