April 18, 2013

Letters to the editor: Boston bomber an inhuman coward

In regard to the bombings in Boston on Monday: Like it or not, this is the world we live in.

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This FBI photo shows the twisted remains of a pressure cooker said to have contained one of the explosive devices set off in Boston.

The Associated Press

In many parts of the world, these bombings represent a regular feature of everyday life. But this is America.

No matter your political or spiritual affiliations, we are all Americans and there are people out there trying to kill us.

Next time you see a police officer, a firefighter, a medical responder, a member of the military, take pause to undertand it is the passion of these people to keep us safe.

Anyone like the person or people who set these bombs off to kill and maim indiscriminately under the pretense of whatever cause they espouse is a coward.

Someone who could do this is not a human being, and needs to be dealt with thusly. Semper Fidelis.

John Orr


Is North Pond Hermit all that dangerous to us?

More charges against the dangerous and deceptive North Pond Hermit, Christopher Knight, will assure that he continues "to be doing well in jail" and prevent any errant do-gooders from bailing him out, possibly setting off a nation-wide crime spree of "stealing food, cookware and other items to survive."

Could it be that Mr. Knight may have wanted to distance himself from schoolmates who didn't notice him, neighbors concerned mostly about their peanut butter, and a society that cannot tolerate loners who lack social skills and "acceptable" lifestyles? 

It is good luck that Mr. Knight can now be properly labeled, held against his best interests and relegated to the more familiar role of the homeless former jailbird standing helpless at the nearest busy intersection. 

Good job, Maine!

William Hobbs


Labeling modified food a priority for lawmakers

According to a recent poll, 91 percent of Mainers want genetically modified (GMO) foods to be labeled.  

There is a bill now in the Legislature to label GMO foods in Maine.  

It is sponsored by Rep. Lance Harvell and is cosponsored by, as near as I could count, 123 other representatives.  

There are only 151 representatives in the House, so over 80 percent of them are cosponsoring the bill. Hurray for them!  

The bill will be heard on April 23 at the Cross Building Room 214 at 1 p.m.  

Come show your support for this bill, L.D. 718, or call your representative to thank him or her for cosponsoring the bill.

If by some chance your representative is not cosponsoring the bill, ask her or him to reconsider.  

Labeling GMO foods is an idea whose time has come.  

Jane McCloskey

Deer Isle

Something skewed when drink costs $40,000

After reading the article on the $40,000 cocktail that will be available at the White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, I was reminded of the comment by Joseph Welch, head counsel for the Army in 1956, to Sen. Joseph McCarthy, as the senator was wildly accusing innocent people of being Communists:  "Have you no sense of decency, sir?"

 This question of decency applies not only to the inn but also to Meredith Goad for writing about the cocktail and the Press Herald for printing the article and providing free publicity.  

In addition, it's printed beside a story about a polio survivor who is helping poverty-stricken children in Africa obtain polio vaccines. 

What's wrong with this picture? As my husband said, "truly vomitous." 

Barbara Doughty


AG Mills wrong to support drones' warrantless spying

Imagine drones flying over your property doing surveillance without their operators first obtaining a warrant.

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