May 2, 2013

Letters to the editor: Story paints Chechens with broad brush

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Luba Gorelov, above, a Kazakhstan immigrant interviewed for an article about Maine Russians’ response to the Boston bombings, should have been asked why she described Chechen culture as “blood for blood,” a reader says.

2013 File Photo/Gordon Chibroski

We urge the Maine Legislature to adopt these measures for the benefit of the citizens of Maine.

Daniel Meyer, M.D.

member, American College of Physicians


Letter writer who argued that books can't kill erred

In the April 18 newspaper, Mel Howards of Buxton concluded his letter ("Want more guns around? Buy a lot of books first") with the statement, "A book never killed anyone -- guns do."

Let's tally up the victims of just two books: "Mein Kampf" -- 6,000,000 people killed. "The Communist Manifesto" -- 40,000,000 killed.

Mr. Howards would like to require that every home have at least 30 or 40 books before allowing any guns in the home. Fair enough.

A collection of Ayn Rand's works would form the essential core of such a library. David Boaz, John Lott, Steven Halbrook and David Kopel should be well-represented, too.

Then, having fulfilled the book requirement, we can again use his 30 or 40 number as a benchmark for the magazine capacities of our semiautomatic rifles.

We can probably concede that a 30-round magazine is more than enough for deer hunting. But when the government comes for your guns, you will think a 30-round magazine is way too small.

Russell Frank


Nation needs your help on National Day of Prayer

I want to take this opportunity to share the importance of gathering together in churches, synagogues, schools, parks and other venues to intercede for our nation on Thursday, the National Day of Prayer.

Today we face extremely difficult times and daunting challenges, from economic turmoil to moral confusion and decline. 

Our nation again faces battlefields, broken homes, violence, sexual immorality and social strife. The need for prayer is great. 

It behooves us, then, to once again honor the precedent established by presidents and leaders throughout our history -- proclaiming reliance on an Almighty God and calling citizens to come before him on behalf of our nation.

 In that spirit, our National Day of Prayer Task Force has chosen "Pray for America" as our theme for 2013, based on Matthew 12:21, which reminds us that "In his name, the nations will put their hope." 

So on Thursday, as we pray for our government, businesses, churches, education, families, media and military, please join us at Mechanics Park off Water Street in Biddeford from 6 to 7 p.m. (weather permitting).

God bless!

Clement Fleurent



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