Disaster awaits bully in chief

It is true that you can get to the White House with ignorance, lies and bullying. Can these “virtues” get us world peace and stability? Disasters wait patiently.

Wilbur White


Cianchette’s hypocrisy

After reading Michael Cianchette’s Nov. 11 BDN column, I wonder if, instead of putting assumed words in the mouths of non-Trump voters regarding what they will be telling their children, he has yet looked in the mirror and asked himself what he will tell his own children about this man who will be the next president of the U.S. He states that “kids are nothing if not intuitive,” but that has a broader reach than just assumed words on how Donald Trump was elected.

Does he say to them that it does not matter any longer how you act or what you say that the tenets of your religion no longer apply, that you can in fact brag that you could stand on 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and you can still be elected president? If you have boys, do you tell them that it is fine to grope women because if men are able to boast about how much money they have and are on television, they have the power to do that? If you have girls, do you tell them that if someone gropes them, they just have to grin and bear it, because if the man has money and power, he is entitled to do what he wants with you. How do you balance these things with what any good parents would have tried to instill in their children?

Did Cianchette call out those making “unhinged accusations” after President Barack Obama was elected and throughout his two terms, including those made by Trump? Where were the calls for unity and “good will” then? Where were the calls for working together for the good of the country then? His party certainly wanted none of it. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, we are called to magically come together for the good of our country.

Marie Ward


Win for fluoride removal

Many thanks to all the wonderful people who helped the Campaign to Reconsider Water fluoridation succeed. We salute the 3,249 signers of our petition who made it possible for us to get the fluoride question on the ballot in 2016. Our committee would also like to thank the Bangor Daily News for the accurate and thorough coverage it has given the fluoride issue.

We are extremely grateful for the support we received from the voters, in all seven communities in the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District. Sixty-six percent, 13,385 voters, in our water district united together and voted fluoride out of our drinking water. This is grass-roots action at its finest.

We also feel very indebted to Norm Labbe and the KKWWD board of trustees and to the water district’s highly dedicated employees for their ongoing encouragement and help. This campaign has been an uplifting, cooperative experience. All of us on the committee anticipate that KKWWD customers, including restaurants, will benefit now that we no longer have to drink or serve toxic waste from the phosphate fertilizer industry in every glass of water we consume.

Let’s celebrate our freedom to choose what we ingest, our ability to refuse forced medication and our good fortune to have some of the very best and purest water in the world to drink.

Janice Hanson


Washington County Trump concerns

The Washington County Democratic Committee and much of Maine’s citizenry takes heart from the reticence of Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Rep. Bruce Poliquin to formally endorse Donald Trump for our highest office.

Fallout from vague and conflicting campaign promises presage an unknown in future White House policy and administration. However, two actions — the long-promised publication of Trump’s tax returns and a written blueprint of plans to distance Trump from his many commercial holdings — would mitigate voiced and unvoiced anxiety.

We urge our representatives to vigorously demand that the Trump transition team immediately provide these two documents and prevent the future White House from being seen as autocratic and oligarchical

We are hopeful that our country, so divided after a savage presidential campaign, can come together and that its representatives will cross party lines to govern as our Founding Fathers intended they should. Trump’s disclosure of his tax returns and plans to divest himself of his business interests would be a gesture in good faith that would help bridge this divide.

Jonathan Goble


Washington County Democratic Committee


Where’s Meara’s equal respect?

Even though columnist Emmet Meara is probably a generation ahead of me, I very much enjoy his columns. I’ve known guys like him since entering the world of journalism in the 1980s as a staff writer at The Hollywood Reporter in my native Los Angeles. The city desk was particularly interesting, with one curmudgeonly copy editor keeping a bottle of clear brown liquid — Scotch? Bourbon? Whiskey? — in a plain brown paper bag in his desk drawer to swill from after a particularly tense deadline and another Jewish editor who would shout in tortured tones “Oy vey ist mir!” when confronted with sloppy copy. (He went on to become an editor at the San Francisco Chronicle.)

After meeting the daily deadline, the staff would pour out of the newsroom and head to Boardner’s, a dive bar off then-seedy Hollywood Boulevard for martinis, with the inevitable squaring off over gin versus vodka. Or on payday and flush with cash we went to either Ports, which was slightly more upscale, or Musso & Franks, a famous watering hole and restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard, where F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway and every movie star from Hollywood’s Golden Age imbibed and dined. I can see Meara completely at home knocking back drinks and trading barbs and gallows humor with my former crew.

So here we are after the election plunged back into the Dark Ages, and Meara makes a good point: He’s not crazy about Hillary Clinton, but he’s not crazy. Although I’m certain that he meant no harm, throughout his Nov. 14 column on the outcome of the election he refers to Hillary by her first name and Trump by his surname, when they ought to be given equal respect.

Kathleen Rogers