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Posted Nov. 02, 2012, at 11:45 a.m.

Keep Parkview open I am an employee of Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick. This is the second hospital in the midcoast area where I have worked. I can honestly say that we have the most dedicated patients I have ever seen. The reason is that they are made to …

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  • Anonymous

    Donald Mendell:  You must not be a very good educator, seeing how you seem to ignore the vast number of studies and organizations that all say children raised by same sex couples do just as well as children raised by opposite sex couples. 

    Organizations that support same sex couples raising children:

    1. American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    2. American Academy of Family Physicians
    3. American Academy of Pediatrics
    4. American Bar Association
    5. American Psychiatric Association
    6. American Psychoanalytic Association
    7. American Psychological Association
    8. American Medical Association
    9. Child Welfare League of America
    10. National Association of Social Workers1
    1. North American Council on Adoptable Children

    Studies that show children do just as well when raised by same sex couples:

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2004.00823.x/abstract;jsessionid=AA51D0BD79BBE8E86112C44B5A741F71.d01t04?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=false

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9450.00302/abstract

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8624.1992.tb01679.x/abstract

    Website that contains citations of multiple other studies that all show same sex couples do just as well raising children:

    http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/parenting.aspx

    I suggest you take your own advice and “seek the truth rather than invent it”.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, what a nice world the author lives in, you missed something, kids are actually best raised in loving homes that have money to support then. Not everything is perfect. This is about law, the law is supposed to be equal. This marriage does absolutely nothing to anything you just mentioned. You are still free to have your urges, ideas. What people are looking for is being equal under the law. 

  • Anonymous

    Mr Mendell. I beg to differ with you. As a single parent who raised two children to be caring and loving adults, I am an example that children do not necessarily need a Mom and Dad in the home. I shutter to think about how they may have turned out had I remained with their alcoholic, abusive father.

    • Anonymous

      Better a single parent than two parents of the same sex.  A lot less confusion for the growing child that way.

      • Anonymous

        Research says otherwise, but, don’t let “reality” or “facts” get in the way of your ideological need to deprive children of loving homes.

      • Anonymous

        I think teaching the child to have blanket hate for a group of people he/she doesn’t even know sounds more confusing. 

        • Anonymous

          who said anything about hate?

          • Anonymous

            I don’t care what you call it. Actions speak louder than words. 

      • Anonymous

        Confusing?

      • Anonymous

         Are you lying for the Lord, again? shame on you, I think, the sin of  lying trumps, the sin of  homosexuality.

        • Anonymous

          point out the lies, please…

          • Anonymous

            Studies don’t say that gay people make bad parents. Quite the opposite actually. 

    • Anonymous

      if you read the letter properly, it said “that is the right of a child to be raised in a family with his or her mother and father, if at all possible”…..if at all possible! We all know that events happen in life that do not make that possible in every case.

      • Anonymous

        It is also the “right” of a child to grow up in a safe and loving home. A “family” does not necassarily mean a mother and father. It means parent or parents (no matter the sex) who love and care for them.

  • Anonymous

    Donald Mendell, it’s time for you to go your merry way. Your 15 minutes of fame are over.

  • Anonymous

    “as scientific studies continue to show that a child is best raised by both of the natural parents in a family. ”

    A lie. Plain and simple. Either way though, it’s not a legal requirement to be married to have children. It’s not a requirement to have children once you’re married. Voting against equality won’t change anything in terms of parenting beyond giving gay families that already exist the rights and protections you seem to take for granted. 

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