The politics of violence
These last several weeks since the incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there has been much said about gun violence with arguments falling on both ends of the spectrum. What amazes me is that this slaughter doesn’t happen more often than it does.
My observations during the past several decades have shown a creeping violence that has permeated throughout our country. It is often admired within different subgroups throughout our society including video game and movie makers.
At one distant time in our past, our president would take great pride in implementing a task force that brought a criminal to justice before a jury of his or her peers.
However, the president instead uses his success rate at killing people that he considers enemies of the U.S. as propaganda in his race for office.
It reminds me of a time some years back when television programs showed a missile going through the smokestack of a building in a country deemed hostile to the U.S. The video was shown right before President Bill Clinton commented on the violence at Columbine High.
Perhaps there can be a solution that would satisfy the Second Amendment and the anti-assault weapons crowds. Enact into law that every able-bodied adult with a shown proficiency of gun use and safety may keep such weapons in their homes.
Let governor drink Kool-Aid
I’m not usually one to speak about politics, but I think something needs to be said about the re-election of our governor, which in my opinion is a big mistake.
There was a time when the government was run by everyday workers and people, not politicians who profit from making decisions that ultimately have nothing to do with them.
Why is it that no common person will run against these political professionals? Why do we never see a “commoner” run for office who makes less than $50,000 a year? I guess I’m in the wrong class of people to understand or even run.
We would not be in such economic turmoil if the politicians would wake up and accept an honest pay rate. We could keep the school systems of Maine from having to go to the bank and take a loan out to pay for classes and supplies that the government deprives them.
The government sets high standards but is willing to give only if it means the individual politicians don’t have to sacrifice their own luxuries.
So what if the governor might have to drink Kool-Aid instead of wine; is that really so bad?
I know there is a lot of stress when the whole state depends on him, but it’s really no different than being a parent. I honestly do not understand why we have to pay state employees so much money.
Mark Anthony Fairbrother
Fascinating death of Assisi
Dr. Eric Steele’s BDN Jan. 18 column about death titled “When should I stop trying to live” was eloquent. It also spoke highly of his sensitive respect for his patients.
Primal man also wondered about death, and that curiosity grew into myths and religion, while recovered artifacts supported death rituals.
A fascinating life to study is that of St. Francis of Assisi. Though Francis’ youthful days began with revelry and debauchery, his life suddenly became a nasty life of poverty. His father literally cut off all financial support.
Whether Francis was forced to change his lifestyle or not, his conversion began. Over time, he went from being a “cardboard Catholic“ to one totally committed, morally and spiritually, to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Francis lived a life of kindness and giving, but few people know of his pain and suffering, which included bouts of malaria, trachoma and bleeding ulcers — all of which are treatable today. But medieval medicine and surgery was still at the trial-and-error stage.
Cauterization was one method used on open sores, and so Francis was cauterized from jaw to temple, but the treatment failed. The poker was reheated and then used to pierce his eardrums, equally painful.
Yet Francis prayed, “My brother fire, noble and useful among all creatures … be courtly to me in this hour.”
Elizabeth Jalbert Pecoraro
LePage’s new ideas
Gov. Paul LePage’s bold new ideas are no more than kicking the can down the road to the towns. Unfortunately we operate on a lot less administrative fluff than the state or the federal government.
He has come up with nothing except changing a few signs around and hurting the people who need help the most while talking trash to anyone who disagrees.
When he cuts the towns’ subsidies, we have to cut road work, office hours and fire department funds. I’ll make sure I do some trash talking of my own in 2014.
Boehner’s fiscal responsibility
As much as I do not care for the policies and practices of our president, he cannot be the only scapegoat for our current fiscal fiasco. This mess, which has been years in the making, can be placed directly in the laps of the Congress.
They have padded their pockets, raided and depleted worthwhile programs to provide the wherewithal for their pie-in-the-sky schemes and excessive living habits.
I hope that House Speaker John Boehner can withstand the attacks on his integrity and will be able to lead our country into some semblance of fiscal responsibility.
Cuts will kill me
Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed my life, especially my time here in Maine.
Today I was informed by the Department of Health and Human Services that since I worked long and hard before becoming disabled, my income now denies me assistance for my medications.
That is why I realize my time left here is limited. I cannot afford my medications on top of my rent, utilities and food. Is it OK that my tombstone will read: “They killed me?”