Armored police car ridiculous

An armored police vehicle for $208,772? In Bangor? Ridiculous. Give the cops a raise.

Peter Thibeau


Maine teen’s story inspiring

The May 3 BDN article about young Connor Archer, the Old Town student who won’t let autism stand in his way and was named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers, was inspiring. Rather than surrender to pity, Conor faces his hurdle down and offers a hand to others.

He’s a pebble in a pond, with ripples touching outward to unknown shores. We are privileged to read about this force for good. Here’s an example of how one young person, his parents and siblings continue to change the world for good.

Richard Glueck


Faith has place in treatment

The May 3 BDN editorial smackdown of faith-based addiction treatment presumes that faith and science are mutually exclusive entities. Nothing could be further from God’s truth, which includes science.

The secular morality views espoused in this newspaper’s editorials mirror that in our culture that confuses education as teaching the brain instead of developing a mind; the unwanted, unborn child as having no dignity as a human life; marriage as a romantic contract instead of a vocation of family propagation and nurturance; sexual orientation as a lifestyle, not as urges to be mastered; and behaviorism that trains one to avoid negative consequences as a substitute for a conversion that will order the self toward objective truth.

To many in human services, “evidence based” means overlooking unsupportive data for the desired newthink consensus. In the Bangor area, CityReach Church programs are helping many troubled individuals, including people with addictions. The success of Alcoholics Anonymous is evidence, too, especially for those participants whose lives have changed dramatically by beginning with a spiritual-conversion experience.

Yes, the medications available to help with the treatment process can be used to meet treatment objectives along the way. But, just as people are unique and complex creations, the injured soul requires a healing that befits the majesty of its interplay of body, mind and spirit.

Donald Mendell


Say no to legal pot

I address this to all the people of Maine with enough good common sense to stop the effort to legalize pot for personal use in Maine. I lost a brother to drugs. He began sniffing gasoline in a shed, progressed onto pot and then meth. Now he is gone.

Everyday in the news, there are articles on drugs: The state needs money to fund addiction treatment, detox centers are closing, robberies are happening to support drug habits, the opiate addiction epidemic grows. It all begins with kids experimenting with pot.

We need to stop this before we have a 100 percent drug state. One thing is for sure, you won’t have to advertise for visitors to come to Maine. All the drug users will soon cross the state line. Wake up, Maine, they could even be your kids.

Richard Lehotsky


Politicizing Swan’s birthday

Clara Swan celebrated her 104th birthday on April 28, a milestone worthy of recognition. In reporting this event, the BDN decided to cheapen the milestone and disrespectfully sidestep the entire point of it by politicizing it with a story about how Gov. Paul LePage didn’t attend.

The bulk of the article discusses how the governor experienced a last-minute change in schedule. There is no interview with Swan, and the article closes its commentary with a brief history of her experiences and accomplishments. A milestone birthday celebration is, unequivocally, politically neutral. Ironically, to report it in this manner only serves to illustrate the governor’s message that he is “such a distraction to the media” that he cannot attend these types of public celebrations without having the media misdirect their focus from the actual event to the political pageantry surrounding the governor.

In the future, events of this nature and magnitude deserve to be reported straight, without tarnishing them or inappropriately politicizing them. Doing so takes credit away from the people central to the story and serves only to add to the polarization of politics in our state.

Matt Koskela