February 5, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Editorial on Obama sheds little light

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President Obama waves after delivering his Inaugural address Jan. 21. The writer of an editorial that was critical of the president should channel his energy into challenging the nation’s banking system instead, a reader says.

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I, too, do not remember Edward Gibbon pinpointing a precise moment in time when the Roman Empire began its decline.

But I suspect that the moment in time when any society ceases to progress nobly upward happens when a majority of its citizens lose hope and join with the indifferent, no longer desiring to remain with those who strive to be part of the solution.

We especially who are in the autumn of our lives have many blessings to count thankfully for all this blessed nation has done for us.

One cannot pay forward those same assurances for our children by losing hope, failing to be grateful and being angry. Always we have lived in an ever-changing society, expecting much from those who have been so blessed to receive much.

Those who seem to be fresh out of hope and reason to be thankful that we still can be part of the solution are very much in need of our prayers.

Lawrence E. Merckens



MCC inmates will benefit from prison improvements


I truly don't understand people thinking we don't need to improve the Maine Correctional Center in Windham (Letters to the editor, "New prison won't address crime's causes," Jan. 29). I have friends who are employed there, and they feel it is overdue. So do I.

Pre-release programs do not work for all. Drugs will always be a problem, as will other lawbreaking issues. I feel that if improvements are implemented at the MCC and programs are expanded there for prisoners with a few more drug staff and education, perhaps some of this will help a few.

You cannot put these prisoners back on the streets, as they just fall back into the same situations. New programs need to be started and stricter release conditions set for prisoners who go through programs.

It's time to update and improve the situation for all, and hopefully prisoners will benefit from new standards and programs. We could always put a few of the halfway facilities in Cape Elizabeth and see how they function.

June Watson



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