April 11, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Washington's priorities lost in space

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The Orion exploration module could be test-launched in 2014 as part of NASA’s plan to secure and explore an asteroid. A reader questions the U.S. government’s decision to fund this project while making public broadcasting cuts.

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The lack of great leadership reflects the quality of the pool that can be drawn from, and it’s not just about Maine. If we fail to produce men and women of moral integrity, then we can’t expect the quality of leadership that we need to keep this nation from crumbling, at least at a slower rate.

We need to have hope and to be inspired by leaders so that the next generation can aspire to even greater achievement. To continue on this path can only mean that the people must suffer from that void of leadership, resulting in more failure, indignation and pain.

In a national poll on church attendance, Maine came in dead last of the 50 states. Going to church only guarantees that you’ll probably hear a sermon or homily, but there is a good chance that you’ll hear the word of God preached, by which some will be saved from perdition.

True Christians don’t necessitate great leaders or politicians but do translate to better parenting, godly behavior and progeny of higher morals and manners.

These values helped build a society that our forefathers began, but we have sorely lost our way. We have become an immoral generation, and we are suffering now for our lack of spiritual integrity and leadership.

Randall Perkins


New state BPA restrictions will make Maine healthier

As a nurse practitioner who has spent my career working with children and young adults, I am writing to voice my strong support for two bills that will soon be addressed by the Maine Legislature. Both bills deal with the ever-growing threat of toxic chemicals in consumer products.

L.D. 902 will eliminate the hormone-disrupting chemical BPA from infant formula and baby food packaging.

L.D. 1181 will close a loophole that blocks the state from regulating BPA in food packaging for kids over 3 years of age and will require the state to take action on a list of 49 chemicals known to cause cancer and other serious health problems.

During the past 30 years, the incidence of childhood cancer, asthma, autism, infertility, premature births, birth defects and a range of other problems has increased.

While some portion of these increases in disease may be due to better screening and detection, there is mounting evidence that toxic chemicals also play a role. Those most affected by toxins are children, developing fetuses, pregnant women and other vulnerable individuals who have higher exposures or sensitivity to environmental influences.

If we are to improve the health of our citizens here in Maine, we must act, now, and stop the chemical assault on our citizens.

Please join me in asking our state representatives and senators to support these important bills.

Lisa Belanger, R.N.C., F.N.P.

board member, Maine Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility

North Yarmouth

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