LePage’s style

Let’s stop calling Gov. Paul LePage’s delusions of grandeur, erratic behavior and stupefying disregard of fact his “style.” These are serious, disabling problems. Normally, any one of these would unfit a person for public office.

Peg Cruikshank


Patriotic decorum

I went to the Anah Shrine circus this past week at the Cross Insurance Center. I was very disturbed at the number of people who wore their hats as the national anthem was being sung. To me it’s like spitting on all those men and women who served this country and fought for our freedom. I don’t know if anything can be done about it but I once again want to express my disgust at seeing this.

John D. Ellison


Home from war

I want to briefly thank the BDN for doing the series on veterans and their experiences coming home from war. They are emotional, honest, and I believe will help many others.

Thanks for caring.

Dr. Robin Aston


Ending animal cruelty

Robby Perkins May 6 BDN letter to the editor was grossly misinformed about the work of The Humane Society of the United States. We were founded 60 years ago to address the root causes of cruelty to all animals. Our work includes a broad scope of issues ranging from our work to stop puppy mills to our efforts to end Canada’s cruel commercial seal hunt and crack down on animal fighting.

In Maine, we’ve helped bills pass that upgrade anti-cruelty laws and enhance enforcement of fish and game laws, in addition to other important animal protection bills. The Humane Society of the United States is also a founding member of the Maine Equine Welfare Alliance, and we actively participate on the board for the Maine Federation of Humane Societies.

As the nation’s leading animal protection organization, we are also approved by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance for all 20 standards for charity accountability, and were named by Worth magazine as one of the 10 most fiscally responsible charities.

Katie Hansberry

Maine State Director

The Humane Society of the United States


Distracted driving

I feel the BDN could be of better service to the community, during what seems to be daily reports of multiple traffic accidents (including more frequent head-on collisions), if the paper at least hinted of the possibility that the cause was distracted driving. Every day I see more drivers looking down at their laps, even while moving, and I don’t think they are self-admiring.

Insurance companies are well aware of the state law against texting and driving and citing this law is a very effective way for them to get significant adjustments on payouts.

Writing about car crashes can be a significant page filler, but perhaps this is an opportunity for the BDN to bring attention to the problem when distracted driving is involved.

Joseph Brito


Baker flip-flop

Recently, I was saddened to see state Sen. Linda Baker, R-Topsham, flip-flop on a bill of great importance to her coastal constituents.

LD 435 was a bill extending protections for clam flats and supported by the Maine Clammers Association, as well as individual clammers in this area. As the chair of the Marine Resources Committee, Baker voted for the bill both in committee and twice on the floor of the Senate. But when the bill was vetoed by the governor with many inaccurate comments, Baker immediately caved in and supported the veto.

I do not understand how a person can change her mind so easily. This is more than a flip-flop — in reality it’s a blatant slap in the face to those she claimed to stand with 100 percent.

Kelsea Zoulamis


Brady the best

I am astounded that the BDN would print an article such as the May 8 column by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News. Did anyone actually read that garbled bunch of lies about Tom Brady before it was printed?

This man is likely the best quarterback to ever play pro football. I am allowed to use “likely” in general conversation. No one, however, is allowed to use “likely” as a legal term, although the word is used throughout the Wells report. There is no such thing as “likely guilty” in American law. Someone is either guilty or innocent.

This was the stupidest newspaper article I have ever read. It states, based on the Wells report, that Brady has been found likely guilty, then admits no one on the entire team was guilty of any violation. Even so, someone should be punished, it says, which means Tom Brady should be fined. Would someone please explain that warped logic.

The NFL’s and media’s treatment of Deflategate has been a disgrace. They have taken an incident in which no one has been found guilty of any misdeed, then assumed someone is likely guilty without any proof of wrongdoing.

It appears the main crime here is jealousy on the part of the media and other NFL teams. I strongly suggest the BDN think carefully before publishing any more brain-dead articles. They don’t reflect well on the integrity of the paper.

Pete Earl

Fort Fairfield

Safe prisons

Safety has been an issue for too long in the United States prison system. The San Diego City Beat published an article about an elderly man who was beaten to death by a group of inmates because they thought that he was a child molester.

Alabama’s Draper Correctional Facility had 141 fights and 11.33 fights per 100 inmates in 2011. In an article published by Equal Justice USA, multiple correction officers who were interviewed talked about how unsafe prisons are because of understaffing, which can lead to prison riots and an inability to break them up.

In 2014, the New York Daily News posted an article about how the violence on prison guards at Rikers Island has almost doubled from 25 to 46 incidents.

The only way to fix the problem with prison safety is to make sure that the prisons are not understaffed so guards can control all the inmates. Prison guards should also be able to break up fights and work in tense situations, without mistreating the inmates.

Jonathan Wedgewood