Support for Sarah

What a breath of fresh air! So many have waited to see someone like Sarah Palin elevated to the highest political stature of any woman in American history.

It was not an office that she coveted as much as the office was so desperately in need of her. The social conservative credentials she carries into the office far outweigh any perceived lack of experience.

Her most valued experience is in the field of life — giving and nurturing life in her God-given capacity as a mother. She gives the role of motherhood a new, long-overdue status. If she does win the election, she will carry her pro-life values for all women in the United States with similar convictions.

What a stark contrast between her beliefs and those of Obama. He is a strong advocate for Roe v. Wade and abortion. He sees no value in the sanctity of life and wants to propagate abortions to its fullest.

It is of no small wonder to all believers in the U.S. that Sarah Palin was brought to the forefront. Yes, I believe the McCain-Palin ticket will spearhead change, a change in the heart of the U.S. to bring about a national repentance on abortion.

Peter V. Pinette


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Business-friendly state

I read with interest Emily Cain’s op-ed “Increasing Maine wages key to future” (BDN, Aug. 28). I basically agree with her analysis but would suggest that more than increasing the minimum wage is necessary to successfully increase Maine’s average wage in a meaningful way.

In my opinion, the key to increase our wages is to make an environment in Maine that is friendly to business and other enterprises. This would include lower taxes, a friendly and helpful environmental climate, available low energy costs and a state regulatory climate that would work with industry and business to find good solutions to serve citizens in Maine, provide jobs and make it possible to manage a prosperous profitable business.

Maine must be seen as a state that welcomes and encourages business opportunities. Unfortunately, that has not always been the case. Successful businesses realize that if they pay the best wages they get the most productive workers, but first they need an environment where they can run a successful business.

Ralph Leonard

Old Town

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Strange bedfellows

Who would have guessed that billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens and Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope would ever see eye to eye?

That seems to be what happened last week in Denver, when these strange bedfellows agreed that the Pickens Plan for energy development was a good idea. Pickens is calling for huge increases in investment and production of wind power, as well as using American natural gas during the transition period.

Pickens and Pope concur on the inadvisability of offshore drilling, which only distracts us from our need to develop alternative sources of energy.

If these two can get together, maybe the rest of us can do our part to help break our enfeebling dependence on high-priced oil and require our legislators to get into the act in a big way.

Gloria Hutchinson


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Cal Ripken, Sen. Collins

There are few things in life that are perfect. In baseball, Cal Ripken Jr. broke the long-standing record of Iron Man Lou Gehrig. Ripken’s present record stands as a monument to sports. However, there is a far more important record that has been established by Sen. Susan Collins over 12 long years. It is her record in the U.S. Senate. She has never missed a vote! She is daily making a difference by being present, voting, and advocating for the people of Maine and all Americans in the Senate.

On the national scene, Sen. Susan Collins has been honored by numerous national organizations such as the National Association for Home Care, the National Council for Community Behavioral Health Care and so many others. One of her greatest strengths is her ability to work with Democrats as well as members of her own party. Let’s keep her in office so that she can continue to vote and advocate for the people of Maine and do what is best for all Americans.

Joe Pickering Jr.


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Concerning animal testing

While I do not condone cosmetic testing, I ask those who condemn all animal testing what their suggestion is for medical research.

Should we condemn all those afflicted with deadly but curable or manageable diseases — such as diabetes — to a slow or quick death because human testing is out of the question? Computers cannot accurately judge what a compound will do in the human body.

If people wish to end animal testing, I implore them to stand up and be human guinea pigs. All they will sacrifice is their health, their welfare and possibly their life. It’s a small price to pay for ending animal testing, slowing down medical advancement by decades and reducing the quality of life for many people who could continue to contribute meaningfully to the rest of humanity.

Wolf Gray


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City council comments

I read with interest the recent articles regarding two important issues put before the Bangor City Council.

In reference to the limitations on methadone clinics: Kudos to the councilors who voted for it and shame on those against it! One would have to live in a vacuum to see “no problem” here. There is a wealth of take-home methadone being sold on the streets by clinic outpatients. I can’t help but wonder how these “poor addicts” can go without such badly needed medication if they really need it. Quite likely, if the clinic’s “take-out” practice was discontinued, there would be a marked loss of interest in the program.

In reference to the article on traffic calming measures, I cannot imagine anyone living on or driving down Kenduskeag Avenue from Little City to Harlow Street not recognizing the traffic hazards and dangers to children, pets and anyone trying to cross the street. The street is used like a racetrack for drive-through traffic! I read the list of criteria that must be met in order for an area to be eligible for traffic calming: There must have been at least four crashes in the area. We are talking about the lives of residents and pedestrians — not fender benders! Lastly, how did the folks on Howard Street manage to qualify for their island and speed bump without meeting such criteria?

Jennifer Anthony