December 7, 2012

Letters to the editor: Dechaine's plight appalls returnee to Maine

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A former Mainer returns to the state and appeals to prosecutors to retry Dennis Dechaine.

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This could move the Democrats from third to second place, with the state being the ultimate loser. It would be easier if a strong-principled neophyte were to run.

The situation poses a problem for Maine Democrats: How do we reach the desired goal at minimal risk? Maximum risk would be another LePage term. I believe that Marden's needs him more than the state does.

Democrats are impaled on the horns of a dilemma.

David S. Wakelin

South Portland

Basic message of Marxism sounds a lot like scripture

I write in reference to the letter from William Vaughan Jr. that appeared Nov. 20 in the Press Herald ("Backer of end to tax cuts draws on outdated credo").

He says that Sister Patricia Pora's views on seeking a more just system are a restatement of Karl Marx's 1875 slogan: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!"

I know very little of Karl Marx. I do know that what goes by the name of "Marxism" and "communism" is only one aspect of communism, which is atheistic communism.

The dictionary has various definitions of communism. One, found in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is: "A system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed."

Where Mr. Vaughan sees Marxism, I see principles by which the first Christians lived in the early church, as stated in Acts of the Apostles 2:44-45 and 4:32-35. This is in addition to instructions to love our neighbors as ourselves and to do unto others as we'd like them to do to us.

The Hebrew Scriptures are replete with admonitions to help the poor -- Exodus 23:11, Leviticus 19:9-10 and Deuteronomy 15:7-8 and 24:14, to name only a few.

I find it strange that some are willing put aside God's commands as an "outdated credo," but are willing to raise up human institutions (capitalism) as the only credo worth supporting.

Philip M. Tracy

South Portland

Same-day registration can be a nightmare

Enough is enough on beating up on Charlie Webster. The situation is still there. The whole election process needs to be overhauled.

I've worked at the polls. Same-day registration is a nightmare. Voting with no ID is a crime.

Charlie may have seen a small number of blacks but only because they stood out. I am sure there were many more white people voting illegally. This has been proven all over the country. Believe it!

Marie C. Brown


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