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Aug. 16, 2011: ‘Choosing’ to be gay, senator’s job to find more cuts

Call me enlightened

OK. I am little confused here. In the letter to the editor titled “Gay choice,” writer John Henderson states: “Men and women make a conscious choice to be either gay or lesbian.” Does that mean that every “heterosexual” person has made the decision to be “straight” rather than be gay? That is, that they are actually “gay” but have chosen to be straight?

Wow. I am enlightened. As for those who have “chosen” to be gay — it’s incredible to choose to be something that you fear will destroy your friendships, your family and quite possibly your life! I just don’t understand why someone would choose that.

But, I guess if it’s a choice — enlightened again! Thanks, Mr. Henderson.

James Smith

In the job description

I can’t believe an elected official, called to serve the people of the state of Maine, saying, as Sen. John Martin did in responding to Gov. Paul LePage’s call for more spending reductions, “It’s not our role to find more cuts.”

Mr. Martin spent the last 30 years spending money like it was going out of style. I hate to break the news to him, but it is his job to find more cuts. Or maybe it should come from his pension.

Pike Bryant

Late in response

The concern over MDPV (also called “bath salts” or “monkey dust”) is understandably great. Sadly, we continue to respond to drug problems in Maine in a reactionary manner.

MDPV was popular in the U.K. in 2010, long before it became popular in the U.S. After outlawing MDPV, the U.K. saw the emergence of Naphyrone (“jewelry cleaner,” “pond cleaner”). Maine outlawed these and other substances in July of 2011.

There is no reason to wait for a well-known drug to come to our towns and cities before we outlaw the sale and possession of a substance in Maine. We will see further synthetic drugs become available and my hope is that we will be proactive in banning them.

In his radio address this weekend, Gov. LePage has come late to the party in pointing out that MDVP is “wreaking havoc” in Maine. MDVP is creating greater havoc because it is relatively new and we have not yet organized systemic responses to dealing with its abuse and addiction.

At some point in the future, MDVP will become old news and we will pay less attention to it, much as we have with the abuse of prescription medications, cocaine, heroin and worst of all, alcohol.

Far greater collaboration amongst Maine’s stakeholders is paramount to effectively addressing the problems of substance abuse and addiction. Gov. LePage would do well to reach beyond the ivory towers for solutions to these problems and come into the trenches where we are seeking solutions.

Jim LaPierre

Broadband boosts growth

The BDN’s Aug. 10 editorial, “AT&T and Broadband Growth,” on the pending merger between AT&T and T-Mobile solidified the key arguments on why it is important for the wireless companies to combine.

The editorial highlighted Gov. Paul LePage’s letter to the chairman of the FCC about how the merger would provide high-speed broadband access to rural areas which would also increase the economic development and job growth potential throughout the country. LePage also pointed out how the benefits of broadband expansion would positively affect the medical and educational fields.

Gov. LePage’s opinion on accessible broadband for rural communities corresponds with my own. In our digital age, having little or no access to high-speed wireless severely affects one’s competitive edge in our highly technological business world.

As a city councilor in Ellsworth, I believe expanded access to advanced communications technologies will encourage increased growth and economic prosperity for areas such as my community.

Ellsworth is already growing at rapid rate. This broadband merger could enrich our educational, medical and professional environments. Our nation’s citizens deserve access to this technology to increase their quality of life and economic well-being.

Matthew Boucher

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