February 12, 2013

Letters to the Editor: For profits, bishop will forgo integrity

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Though Bishop Richard Malone, as head of the Diocese of Maine, bought a strip mall anchored by a drugstore that sells the “morning-after pill,” he won’t sell property to anyone who will use the property for any purpose related to abortion, a reader says.

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John Parker



Comic play deftly depicts current political landscape


The Good Theater never seems to disappoint with the art it contributes to Portland, and "Death by Design" is just another example.

Billed as a comedy by murder set in 1932 in a country home, it so reminded me throughout the play of our political landscape today -- Mitt Romney versus Barack Obama. The comedy part was Romney; the murder part the tea party (although more alcohol was consumed than tea), and the message was more proof of the 99 percent.

Dorothy A. Tweer


To prevent gun violence, teach children basic ethics


A lot of suggestions were made recently at the Senate hearings on gun control: nationwide background checks, reinstatement of mental health programs, armed security in schools.

These are good solutions to controlling ownership of a firearm, but we all know that anyone intent on using a firearm illegally will obtain it one way or another.

Not once, in all the gun control conversations in newspapers, news and talk programs, or even in personal conversations, have I heard it said that from early childhood on we should all be taught to not kill people; not commit murder.

This doesn't have to sound like a Bible verse, although the Ten Commandments do offer excellent dos and don'ts to a good life.

Realizing that there are folks who don't have religious beliefs, we can still teach our young right from wrong.

We've been talked into killing babies in the womb and committing suicide, and that it's OK. We then go on to commit adultery, lie and cheat, and when caught, and only then, we state how sorry we are!

Teach our children that it is wrong to murder, lie, cheat or steal. Now tell me, what religious, nonreligious, agnostic or atheist individual or organization advocates any of these?

Gayle Trotter of the Independent's Women Forum thinks all women should possess a firearm.

That's true! Our law enforcement can't possibly respond to all the 911 calls they will receive prior or post a weather-related or man-made catastrophe. We will all be on our own. Men and women will need to protect their own.

And, by the way, in my opinion, concealed-weapons permits given in one state should be honored in all states. Protect our Second Amendment!

Barbara Hill Britten



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