March 25, 2013

Letters to the editor: Missing the big picture on climate change

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Snow buried sprouting daffodils at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco last week. An article lamenting that Maine hasn't seen an early spring this year shows "an embarrassing indifference to concerning global climate trends," a reader says.

At the time, Democrats naively trusted Republicans to keep the bargain and voted to confirm several Republican judicial nominees, including the off-the-wall extremist Janice Rogers Brown, who now sits on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Brown was twice evaluated as unqualified by the California Bar Association, has written in an opinion that the Supreme Court's 1937 decision upholding the New Deal as constitutional "marks the triumph of our own socialist revolution" and regularly peppers her opinions with similar right-wing screeds.

On March 6, 2013, Susan Collins voted for the second time to filibuster the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the D.C. Circuit Court, although Ms. Halligan had received the American Bar Association's highest rating: "well qualified."

The extraordinary circumstance cited to justify the vote was that Ms. Halligan, as New York state solicitor general, had represented the state in a case in which the National Rifle Association supported the other side.

Sen. John McCain, another member of the Gang of 14, said: "I think it meets the extraordinary circumstances, because of her extraordinary egregious record."

Sen. Mitch McConnell said that "her activist view of the judiciary ... would bring that activism to the court." He is referring to a court that recently set aside a much-used precedent dating from 1867 on presidential recess appointments. "Activism," indeed!

We note that with these votes, Sen. Collins has gone back on her word. The next time she gives her word, we must keep that in mind.

Meredith N. Springer


Others don't ordain women, but only Catholics mocked

Reference the anti-Catholic cartoon that appeared in the March 19 Press Herald ("Bill Day's View"):

Do you plan to give equal time, as it were, to your religious bigotry by publishing a hate cartoon mocking Orthodox Judaism for not ordaining women as rabbis?

Do you also plan on running one mocking Eastern Orthodoxy for not ordaining women priests? The Serbian Orthodox Church does not ordain women. There is a Greek Orthodox Church in Portland, and it does not have, and has never had, a female priest.

Do you also plan on running a cartoon mocking Islam for not allowing women as imams?

Gerald T. Griffin


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