May 1, 2013

Letters to the editor: Civil rights at center of abortion debate

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A supporter of abortion rights and an opponent of abortion demonstrate outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005. The split among Americans over whether abortion should be legal “obscures the common ground that many or most can agree on: Abortion should be rare,” a reader says.

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I am one of the ones who sent blasphemous outrage into cyberspace when the station's sudden disappearance blindsided us last year. My wrath was aimed at what I considered corporate malassumption of Maine's cultural values and market potential.

As a devotee of Roy Acuff and The Carter Family as well as Bach, Haydn and Mozart, it annoyed me that, apparently, the industry considered that those of all stripes who liked classical music were irrelevant to the business of running a radio station in the 21st century.

It's with a huge sigh of relief to once again have good music in the car, the workshop, the kitchen sink. Thank you, WBach!

Peter Rand
Cape Elizabeth

Legislature can still act to ban ammo magazines

In a last-minute squeaker, L.D. 997, banning high-capacity ammo magazines of more than 10 rounds will go to the full Legislature with a recommendation that it ought not to pass. But that doesn't have to be the last word.

Now it's up to the Maine Senate and the House to show the recent abject failure of a national Congress how to pass this much-needed legislation. Current high-capacity magazine ownership is "grandfathered," so I fail to see any excuses.

I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I hope our legislators show the country that here in Maine, we have the guts to stand up to big money interests; have the understanding that this has absolutely nothing to do with Second Amendment rights, and that we're ready to show the rest of America we're willing to do something to curb the senseless and tragic loss, particularly of our children.

Massacring 20 6- and 7-year-old children in less than five minutes could not have happened without a high-capacity magazine. That's one indisputable fact, no matter how they try and spin it.

Bill Thomas
Sanford

Afghanistan, Iraq wars haven't changed anything

It's time to get completely out of Iraq and Afghanistan and to stay out of Syria.

These are civil wars and these people have been killing each other for thousands of years.

We try to help them, and what do they do? They blow us up with suicide bombers. The recent killing of the people trying to deliver books to the school in Afghanistan illustrates this.

Please let there be no more American blood shed for people who certainly don't deserve our efforts to help them.

Ed Reagan
Portland

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