February 18, 2013

Letters to the editor: Church puts power in the wrong hands

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Pope Benedict XVI prays during an audience with Roman priests Thursday in the Vatican. The papal election process grants authority to “sexist yes-men cardinals” at the expense of elected priests, religious and laity, a reader says.

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It's not safe for neighbors to be discharging high-caliber weapons into paper targets without a sand backstop, or to target shoot after dark, or to send "celebratory" shots straight up in the air. Making these behaviors criminal will encourage more responsible gun ownership.

Please make sure gun safety is on your town's agenda. Now's the time!

Jenny Ruth Yasi

Portland

Snow doesn't keep carrier from timely paper delivery

I write to commend and thank my newspaper carrier, who faithfully (and most unexpectedly!) delivered the Press Herald to my door on the Saturday of the storm through 32 inches of snow. Honor is due.

Ellen D. Murphy

Portland

Presidential energy policy hinders growth at local level

I see all the figures on unemployment and the crime rate going up and wonder whether the rich politicians have any idea as to what could be done.

President Obama has a war on coal. Thousands of miners are unemployed, and the cost of one of the prime sources of electricity is far too high as a result of his energy policy.

No new drilling in the Gulf, no pipeline permit from Canada. The cost of heating oil has gone from $1.89 per gallon in January 2007 to $3.50 in January 2013. Gasoline is now approaching $4 a gallon.

Home heating costs have doubled, and transportation costs have doubled.

These costs are also on towns and cities for heating their buildings and schools, plus busing students, plowing and maintaining roads and operating police cruisers.

This is also passed on to the state level with all their buildings and transportation, road maintenance, asphalt and concrete. Plus this cost increase goes up to the federal level, affecting buildings, transportation, Postal Service deliveries, etc.

I have lived through the so-called dirty air, but covering Maine and New Hampshire on the road as a salesman, I have seen the prosperous communities of Lincoln, Groveton, Berlin and Gorham, N.H., and Lincoln, the Millinockets and Madawaska, Maine.

There were happy, proud, employed people in these communities, and now with Environmental Protection Agency rulings and mandates, they are ghost towns. These regulations have come from people who probably never worked for an hourly wage.

If we had the good fortune to have these mandates removed, we would have more employment and lower energy costs; less welfare and more jobs; more spendable income, less crime and more money to reduce the national debt.

Bucky Buchanan

Gray

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