Wood fire good for the spirit

In response to Lance Boucher’s Nov. 4 Bangor Daily News letter to the editor in support of a U.S. Senate bill to reduce air pollution from dirty stoves and wood fires, I would like to say that, personally, nothing rejuvenates the soul and relieves the stress of the day like sitting in front of a fire, hearing it crack, feeling its warmth and watching its glow.

Ann Grange

Northfield

All life is precious

The BDN in a Sept. 19 editorial criticized an effort in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood after the Center for Medical Progress released videos showing officials from the organization discussing the handling of organs from aborted fetuses.

Sadly, the “fetal tissue donation program” is a shameful practice that has the support of many.

It is quite consistent with a respect of life philosophy to believe that society has a clear obligation to provide health care for all, particularly the poor and the helpless among us. If defunding Planned Parenthood would make it more difficult for poor women to access other needed health services, then it is a strategy that should not be supported. But I wonder if this is so.

I pray that our state and nation will embrace a more loving option that all life is precious from conception to the grave. That would have made for a much better editorial, in my opinion.

Charles M. Plourde

Van Buren

Sports a good influence

A high school friend of mine who lives in York shared the Nov. 3 BDN article about the Maine Principals’ Association decision to put high school basketball tournament TV coverage out to bid. Today’s kids need more positive role models and public display of their good actions, mostly sports.

Sports for most kids is not about winning or losing but is a way for them to take up time that may otherwise be spent playing video games or doing drugs. There is a huge heroin problem that is killing kids. In 1981, we didn’t have to deal with this terrible problem. Since I moved back to the area from southern California in 2012, this is all that I have heard about and it is across New England.

Being able to have TV coverage of high school sports helps kids deal with the everyday issues and also to enjoy the sports arena in the presence of parents and friends at a very important age.

Aaron Snowden Jr.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Why gun rights matter

A very large and growing number of Americans believe the Second Amendment is the glue that holds the rest of the U.S. Constitution together and, as a result, protects their basic freedom. But gun control advocates fail to appreciate that Americans’ desire to have guns in their home or on their person is not just to defend themselves against would-be assailants but also from overreach from the government.

Gun ownership creates a sense of confidence in a person’s ability to defend his or her freedom and liberty. Guns may be legally and safely stored or carried, but they are always there as a last resort. Losing their guns would essentially emasculate their rights. Gun owners are not just rural, country folk; they are just as often suburban and urban Americans. They own guns not just for hunting and self-defense but for an overall sense of security.

Gun control advocates must realize that after 235-plus years of legal gun ownership that America is now a heavily armed camp. The gun control train has long since left the station.

Richard de Grasse

Islesboro