November 3, 2012

More Letters to the Editor: Vote 'yes' on Question 4 to keep buses, vans rolling

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A Portland Metro bus pulls out into traffic on Congress Street. Question 4, the transportation bond, “includes $2 million to help replace Maine’s aging fleet of transit vans and buses,” says a member of a transit group.

2011 File Photo/John Ewing

This may come as a shock to Charlie and his financial wizards in the Republican Party: People who don't have money don't spend money.

Oh, glad to see Mitt Romney is concerned about women's rights in the Middle East. Too bad he doesn't care about American women's rights.

Tom Walton

Biddeford

 

U.S. Senate hopeful displays consistent stance on abortion

 

Richard Mourdock is a man of Christian faith, and there is a logic in Mr. Mourdock's thinking, as one who believes in the sanctity of life at conception ("'God intended' rape pregnancies, Indiana U.S. Senate candidate says," Oct. 24).

The Romneyan attitude, also adopted in the past by George H.W. Bush and others, that there are exceptions that allow abortion -- i.e., "rape, incest and the life of the mother" -- excludes the birthrights of these embryos for reasons that have nothing to do with belief in the soul and the soul's right of expression as a human being.

I myself am an agnostic, so I personally sympathize with the woman and her right to determine whether or not she carries her pregnancy.

On the other hand, I can see the moral depravity and duplicity of the position that you can oppose abortion in one case and be for it when unstated hereditary and caste rules are applied to the viability of potential people, who through no fault of their own were products of pregnancies that did not conform to the dictates of society or that subordinated the life of the mother.

It's another example of the hypocrisy that exists in our American discourse on morality.

Steve Small

Portland

 

Saco's seats in Legislature aren't Democratic property

 

In 2010, Scott Brown reminded the folks in Massachusetts that the U.S. Senate seat he was running for did not belong to the Kennedys, but to the people. That one phrase was a turning point in getting him elected as a Republican in a heavily Democratic state.

Now it's Saco's turn. Although the voter rolls show that registered Democrats heavily outweigh registered Republicans, I urge you all to consider the person who will fill our open seats in the state House and Senate.

Two of the candidates have been in Augusta for years. This year, they are termed out but now want to switch their seats. The other candidate is youthful, inexperienced and shows a tendency toward overreaction.

The Maine Economic Research Institute recently gave positive marks to the Republican-led 125th Legislature for what it called "proactive and pro-economic changes." The economic direction in Maine has turned around and now moves in a positive direction.

When you pull that curtain on Election Day, please remember the value of electing pro-job candidates. Cast your votes for Demi Kouzounas or Roland Wyman and Tim Sevigny. These are Saco's seats, not Democratic seats, and it's OK to vote Republican.

Dave Foster

Saco

 

Insults, intolerance greet young critics of Question 1

 

Recently our youth group, ages 7 to 17, felt called to take a stand for marriage, as traditionally defined by all previous generations. We decided that for the next four weekends we would hold signs along Payne Road in Scarborough, asking Mainers for their support.

We consulted the police and followed their safety recommendations. As we stood along the sidewalk, a tremendous number of people enthusiastically showed their support. But many of the opposition were extremely hostile.

On one occasion, a middle-aged man with children in the back seat of his SUV deliberately drove up onto the sidewalk. He was dangerously near the children as he continued accelerating, plowing over 15 of our marriage signs and covering a span of more than 100 feet. The little ones were very scared.

He pulled off only to avoid hitting a telephone pole, and we saw him laughing as he sped away. The police chased after him and when confronted, the man claimed that he was "distracted." Thankfully, a nearby store captured the entire crime on video.

On another occasion, a car drove by and the passenger leaned out the window, exposing his private parts. I was embarrassed by this lack of decency.

We children endured people calling us names, throwing things at us and hundreds upon hundreds of people sticking up their middle fingers and screaming X-rated profanities. And they call us hateful people?

In the name of "tolerance," I have been insulted, disrespected and bullied, simply because of my beliefs: that marriage is between a man and a woman and that children need both a mother and a father. In spite of all this, I am determined to continue exercising my First Amendment rights and standing up for the true meaning of marriage.

Katelyn Daniels, 14

Buxton

 

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