Comments for: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012: Election Day Letters Part 2

Posted Oct. 17, 2012, at 7:01 p.m.

Yes on 1 A “yes on Question 1” vote will affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person. A “yes on 1” vote will extend justice, equity and compassion for all Maine citizens. A “yes on 1” is a response to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves. …

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  • R. Upton Nelson Thank you, and God Bless you from the bottom of my heart. You are a good person.

    • Anonymous

       Amen.

  • Anonymous

    R. Upton Nelson- sorry but  no. 

    • Anonymous

       nobody’s make you marry anyone so why, vote no?

  • Anonymous

    R. Upton Nelson – if you love your neighbor as yourself, the greatest love you can show him or her is to teach obedience to God and show people the way to salvation.  Voting yes on 1 will do just the opposite.

    The sin of scandal is to promote sin, or to approve someone in the commission of sin.  Jesus Christ said that it would be better for someone to have a millstone tied to his neck and be cast into the sea, rather than to commit the sin of scandal.  A yes vote on 1 is to engage in scandal.  Christians who are voting no have their own well-being in mind, as well as hoping that others may possibly be saved from entering a life of serious sin.

    • Anonymous

      Prejudice is a sin. 
      Yes on 1.

      • Anonymous

        Please keep YOUR religion out of the issue.   :-p

        • Anonymous

          Maybe you’re trying to be ironic, but I’ve never said that religion should be kept out of the public square.  I believe that our politics should reflect our sense of morality.  And yes, my religion says that prejudice — whether against people of other races, religions, or sexual orientations — is a sin.

      • Anonymous

         Prejudice against sin is an act of justice.

        • Anonymous

          God loves variety.  Some people are born red-headed, some are born with musical talents, some are born with mathematical abilities, some are born Asian, European, or Australian Aboriginie, some are born left-handed, and some are born gy or lesbian.  Being born gay is not a sin, but prejudice against gays is a sin.
          Because I oppose the sin of prejudice, and support the biblical call to love our neighbors, welcome the stranger, and  protect those whose rights are denied, I will vote for justice, “Yes on 1.”
          I realize that you wallow in the sin of prejudice, and support the crime of injustice — you’ve made that abundantly clear.

    • Anonymous

      Whose God?

  • Anonymous

    R. U. Nelson, K. Fox;  good letters.
    C. Berg: no way can I recommend any votes for Charlie Summers.

    • Anonymous

      Let me guess – you are supporting the quintisential one percenter, Angus King? The guy who got rich on legislation he passed while governor of this state which also made Maine’s electric rates some of the highest in the country? 

    • Anonymous

      Agreed.
      Much, although certainly not all, of the money being spent in this political season is a result of the regrettable Citizens United decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. 
      K. Fox is right — much of the money spent on the Senate race is wasted. 
      One of the most comical results of all the political spending in Maine is that the Republicans are buying ads for their own candidate, Charlie Summers, for their alleged “opponent” Cynthia Dill, and against their real opponent independent Angus King.  They must have a lot of money to throw away.
      This is an incredibly long and annoying political campaign, but we must endure it (or else lock ourselves in the basement) ’till it’s over.

  • Anonymous

    Kathleen The money spent on elections is not “wasted”. The revenue spent supports newspapers TV stations, sign makers, Hotels, Gas stations, leasing companies, real estate companies,restaurants ad companies and on and on. The billions spent every two years nationally keeps people employed. Perhaps you’d rather financiers like Andelson whom you seem to detest, kept it in his bank account? 

    As for modern day philanthropists like Rockefeller and Vanderbilt who built Hospitals in the 20th century you need to look no further than the Koch brothers. Their contributions include the Museum Of Fine Arts in Boston, Mass General Hospital, MIT, numerous medical research facilities as well as crime and underprivileged  youth programs.

    Maybe you choose to be blind to the contributions of others both big and small because of your own personal bigotry.

    • Anonymous

      Bigotry? Relax with the hyperbole. You guys are going a bit far with the doublespeak — it’s showing your desperation. 

      • Anonymous

         This person wrote showing her own personal bigotry deciding not to acknowledge the billions annually business gives to our society in charitable donations. Her comment about the past highlights it even more. Does she really believe Rockefeller and Vanderbilt didn’t contribute to political causes? If it isn’t bigotry it is outright ignorance.

    • Anonymous

      You hit the nail on the head as usual…
      These great men donated millions and millions of dollars to help the American people.

    • Anonymous

      It’s true, the money spent on elections stimulates the local economies just like food stamps.

      • Anonymous

         Economies nationwide. $3 billion dollars plus I guess. Better return than a like amount of food stamps I bet.

        • Anonymous

          Food stamp spending in 2011 was $65 billion.

          • Anonymous

            Ok… but so what? Private political spending adds more to the economy dollar for dollar than food stamps spending. After all government spending needs to be paid back.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, all spending comes from somewhere.  So?

          • Anonymous

            Food stamp spending continues to circulate within the economy. One could argue that it gets paid back to the public many times over.

    • Anonymous

      If one wishes to support newspapers and TV stations, that person could buy ads that say “this is a great newspaper” or “this is a great TV station.”  But the money for political ads may be regarded as “wasted” if it does not achieve its intended result.  
      I suspect that the money spent by Republicans in the Maine U.S. Senate race (to support Republican Summers, to support Democrat Dill, and to bash independent King) will not achieve its intended result.

      • Anonymous

         Maybe, but the beneficiaries and our economy certainly don’t believe the cash spent by the campaigns nationally is “waste”. People are eating today because of that “waste.”

        • Anonymous

           You and I may be merely disagreeing on what constitutes a “waste” of money — Yes, you are right that any money spent anywhere helps to support someone somewhere.
          I know a man who takes frequent trips overseas, and spends money on the services of prostitutes.  He claims he is helping poor women survive in third world countries.  Women get to eat, he says, because of the money he spends.
          I tell him that if he wants to help poor women I know of a charity that runs a micro-finance program for women to start businesses of their own.  And I give to charities that send children to school in Indonesia and the Philippines.
          To me the question is, what is the best use of your money? 
          I suspect that the Republican billionaires who are throwing their money into the Maine U.S. Senate race three ways — to support Dill, to support Summers, and to attack King — will not achieve the outcome they desire.

  • Anonymous

    True Downeast Dave, you are correct , some think the Rockland area is Downeast..
    Washington Cty is the true Downeast!!

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