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Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017: Build psychiatric facility in Bangor, growing in faith, room for immigrants in US

Build psychiatric facility in Bangor

Regarding the plans to build a new psychiatric facility in Bangor, Bangor should not object. The Sept. 6 BDN editorial suggests that the new facility should be built near Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta, even though Riverview has had serious problems. Expansion there could only multiply the problems.

The editorial asks why a private entity should operate the facility. Why? The state has a poor record in this regard. In some states, many such facilities are operated by private entities after adequate response to a request for proposals. Of course, the RFP would be careful to include requirements to monitor.

By the way, the facility would provide a few more jobs in Bangor.

Earl Wallace Kunstman

Bangor

Growing in faith

During a recent conversation with a non-Christian, I was challenged by what this person called “hypocrisy” among Christians. This person had watched people who call themselves Christian behave in ways that did not match what they professed.

It also could be someone who believes it in their heart that we should love our neighbor, but then they put someone down by being critical of another person’s race, gender or lifestyle.

I wonder if Christians ever realize the damage they do to Christianity when they behave in ways inconsistent with what Christ calls us to be. I sense it when driving my car and get cut off by someone. My gut reaction is not always the correct response. That’s why I keep a cross hanging on my rearview mirror to remind me what I should do.

One of the greatest tasks that anyone who tries to live out a life of faith has is to be consistent in that faith. I know that I am only on the road the perfection and will probably never get there — not as long as I still have to get behind the wheel of my car and drive the coastal highways.

I am trying to learn things like forgiveness, not judging others, and loving all the people in my life. And if you see me on the road in my silver Honda Fit and I make a mistake, please join me in practicing non-judgment, forgiveness and love. Maybe we will all grow in our faith at the same time.

David Broadbent

Pastor

Franklin United Methodist Community Church

Prospect Harbor

Room for immigrants in US

Much to many folk’s surprise, every person here is either an immigrant or the descendant of an immigrant. Even the so-called Native people have only been here around 15,000 years.

The real issue in America is not immigrants versus residents, it is haves versus have-nots. Fear of losing what one has obtained, be it food, shelter, material wealth or peace and tranquility, either through hard work, inheritance or luck, drives those who have it to jealously guard against anyone with the same wants and needs.

Does America have enough of these things to share? Certainly, we have enough food, as is witnessed by the current waste of food.

In my part of the country, at least half of the dwellings are second or third homes and camps. So shelter would seem to be available.

Schools? The Greatest Generation were educated in small, one-room schools around here. We boomers were schooled in larger regional schools. Today, many of those schools operate with too few students to sustain them. So we have extra education capacity.

Employment? Many employers will tell you that they cannot find prospective employees with adequate training to fill their needs. Add that to the aging of the work force and the need for young immigrants should be self-evident.

So let’s call the issue what it is, something that is hard to defend: greed, selfishness, heartlessness, avarice and inhumanity.

Let’s confront the real issues and not let others mask their real intent on the immigration issue.

Douglas Lawrence

Patten

 


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