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Friday, March 8, 2019: Congress should get back in the game, Panel question, Abortion Provider Appreciation

Panel question

I am wondering if Gov. Janet Mills has solar panels on her private home paid for by her dollars since she couldn’t wait to put them on “our” house on our dollar.

Glenn Mclellan


Comic a welcome relief from news

I have read several recent letters asking the BDN to bring back Non Sequitur, and I agree with their sentiment. Wiley has come clean on his transgression. Please bring the strip back. Getting through the news these days is challenging enough, and the comics are a welcome relief at the end of the paper. Some clever and intelligent strips are needed to balance some of the other strips that are less so. Perhaps a Daily Poll question?

Dustin Batley


Abortion Provider Appreciation

According to the Guttmacher Institute, 24 percent of U.S. women will have an abortion. There is no one typical abortion patient, as patients come from all walks of life.

There is also no one reason for accessing abortion, as each and every person has a unique story. They could be choosing abortion because of violence, illness, or poverty. They could also be choosing abortion because they simply do not want to parent. Regardless of the reason, abortion is the personal choice of the pregnant person.

Without access to abortion, those seeking abortions would be forced to seek illegal, and often dangerous, abortions.

Sunday, March 10, is Abortion Provider Appreciation Day. Abortion physicians struggle to find appropriate training and regularly experience harassment and threats of violence. This appreciation day, thank a provider by supporting a local health clinic like Mabel Wadsworth Center or Maine Family Planning, or SAFE, an abortion fund in Maine.

Kate Townsend


Congress should get back in the game

Subsequent to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, an Authorization for Use Military Force (AUMF) was enacted. The president then became the pinch-hitter and the legislators sat on the bench. In baseball, the player who is unseated by a pinch-hitter is not allowed back into that game. But we’re not playing baseball here, and after all, we do have a new game.

It is time for Congress to get off the bench and do the job we have elected them to do and are paying them for: To declare war when necessary. The price of our militarization since 9/11 is huge. We have a burgeoning national debt, the US military is one of the biggest institutional producers of greenhouse gases, the world is less safe not more, our reputation as a nation is tarnished and we have contributed to the death, displacement, and disruption of noncombatants (i.e. women and children) across the globe.

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-California, has filed a bill to repeal the 2001 AUMF. As Rep. Jared Golden’s campaign website noted: “we must take back the responsibility of approving where and when our country commits our troops.” Thank you to Rep. Chellie Pingree for her support of this important legislation.

Deborah de Rivera



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