America’s political mess

I have finally consolidated my thoughts on this season’s political scene: The U.S. is under a polluted, political tsunami with a puffer clown fish and a hungry piranha as chief predators with entourages of flotsam made up of like-minded, open mouthed, half-blind talking heads.

Margaret Coolong


Muslim women oppressed

While hiking the trails at Moxie Falls with my family recently, I couldn’t help but contemplate the nature of our reality.

As we approached the parking area, I heard my wife greet a family. I noticed the stark contrast between our families. Our hike took place on the hottest day of the summer thus far. My family was clad in typical attire — shorts, shirts, sneakers for hiking. The woman we passed was a few paces behind her family and was covered in Islamic garb. Her sons and husband, I presume, were ahead several steps and were wearing appropriate clothing for the summer — shorts, T-shirts. The men were talking. She was silent.

Should I be excited about the cultural diversity of these “new Mainers” or ashamed because I didn’t report what I perceived to be domestic abuse?

Where are the cries for “social justice” and “equality” when it comes to the oppression of Muslim women? Where is the purple ribbon, “love should not hurt” crowd when it involves Muslim women?

Given the ramifications of jihad — that we can barely keep track of lately — why are the leftists so quick to give Islamic subjugation of women a foothold in our state? How come the lives of Muslim women do not matter?

The truth is, there is no assimilation. Nor is there radicalization; the jihadi is merely being consistent with the tenets of his Islamic faith. I am praying that my neighbors wake up and hold the progressives accountable.

James Mosher


Better Trump than Clinton

In a race to the political left, it seems to be a dead heat between the Bangor Daily News and the Portland Press Herald. Both could serve as mouthpieces for the Democratic Party.

The first rule appears to be “if the governor said it, thought it, or did it, it must be wrong.” Second, “we must support Hillary Clinton for president, even though she appears to be the most conspicuously corrupt candidate, wholly bought and paid for by Wall Street and the billionaire special interests who have nothing in common with average Americans.”

Her and the Democratic Party’s most cherished rights seem to be abortion and gay rights. Topping this is free stuff for everybody and removal of common-sense identification requirements for voters. None of us can rent a car, fly, buy a bus ticket without ID. What possible reason could cause the Democrats to oppose voter IDs?

Overall, Clinton’s record of achievement is very poor, except where it come to personally enriching herself. On the other hand, we have Donald Trump. He is not owned by Wall Street or anyone else. He made his money from building things and creating jobs, not from giving speeches to special interests.

Yes, he makes me a little nervous, but he has some very sound advisers who will rein him in, should he get to far off track. With Clinton we will get an America we do not want. I will take my chances with Trump.

William D. Duddy


Elect McCabe to Senate

This November, we have a chance to elect Democratic Rep. Jeff McCabe to the Maine Senate. We want someone with a proven track record of advocating successfully for his constituents, and McCabe is the right guy for the job.

Earlier this year, the state said that because of a quirk in the education funding formula, there was going to be $23 million less in state education aid than expected. School districts, town councils and select boards had been counting on those funds in their budget planning, and now they were faced with the choice between more cuts and higher property taxes, which hits those of us who don’t make a lot of money the hardest.

McCabe and some of his colleagues proposed a clean fix. When that was rejected, he had the guts to play hardball until opponents came to the table and agreed to a compromise. The result was that schools got $15 million of the $23 million back.

McCabe stuck to his principles, and he brought people together to get past their disagreements. If it weren’t for his effort, our schools would be worse off and property taxpayers would be digging even deeper into their wallets.

Somerset County needs someone with McCabe’s leadership skills and his negotiating ability in the Senate. We know he’ll go to bat for us because he’s already done it. Let’s get him elected to the Senate on Nov. 8.

Margaret Reid


Public works schemes

Apparently Michael Cianchette is not much up on history or he might have noticed that the jobs created in Albuquerque, which he referenced in his Aug. 19 BDN column, seem awfully like the kind of programs launched in the early 1930s by the Roosevelt administration. It was called the Works Products Administration, which paid people to clean up roads and make parks.

And those homes built for the homeless in Utah, who paid for them? Some private investors willing to settle for just a nominal rent or was it another socialist scheme with the taxpayers footing the bill?

And who got those street sweeping jobs and low-rent homes? Could it have been immigrants, people who don’t speak English as a first language? But that’s OK, as long as it wasn’t a Democrat coming up with a specific scheme, right?

John F. Battick


Weeding out the electorate

Could this ranked-choice voting debate be a matter of quantity versus quality? On the one hand, I agree with Jason McDaniel’s basic premise in his Aug. 20 BDN OpEd that the more people vote, the more they’ll feel they have a stake in the democratic process. He concludes, though, that the “complexities” of the ranked-choice voting process will depress voting rates among people who may lack the capability to cope with it. The question is, Can a voting system be totally bad that tends to weed out those individuals who may be the least capable of making an informed choice?

Just asking.

Ken Vaillancourt