Letters to the editor — The Courier-Gazette

May 08, 2014

Concise

What a fabulous column by David Grima in this week's [May 1] Herald, The Foundation of Social Justice. This is NOT a Christian nation, and he very adequately makes that point with his historical and factual references. Thanks for such a clear concise explanation on why we don't base our existence and well-being on religion but on the building blocks of separation of Church and State.

Jo Ann Simon

Camden

Cracking down on the past

She was sitting outside the ER crumbled

Her young face awash with tears

With no audience

The emergency room doctor

Had sent her away

It’s because of my past

She said

I’m in so much pain

But they sent me away

Because of my past

And the doctors know me.

 

She showed me her rotted teeth

Her horribly inflamed gums

I could smell the stench of infection

But she had a past

And the doctors knew her

So asked if I could try to help

Doubting that I could

But for the stench

And she said yes and thank you.

 

We went back into the ER

I said she has the right

To be seen

By a different doctor

From three feet away

I could smell the stench of infection.

 

The kindly intake staff did her best

With her hands tied

Me proclaiming the young woman had the right

To be seen again

Asking about social worker services that no longer exist

Repeating she has the right to be seen again

A mantra from the past

And I could smell the stench of infection.

 

Her mother arrived looking as mothers do

When her child is in pain

Wearing the shroud of knowing

The past meets the present

And I asked if she wanted me to stay

She said they’d be okay

But as I drove off passing physician offices

And dental offices

The stench of it all haunted.

 

And I went back

Too late

They had vanished into the past

While the stench of the present remained

I was told

"They’re cracking down on that sort of thing"

And I hung my head

And left with a heavier heart.

 

Maggie Trout

Rockland

A Christian nation

It is interesting, however, rather sad to have a secular progressive, like Mr. Grima, state in a recent article that our country was not or has not been a Christian nation. He spends a significant amount of time attempting to explain many Old Testament statements that involved an agrarian economy in comparison to today. No effort is made to discuss the New Testament and the message of love and forgiveness expressed by Jesus Christ. This is understandable when you consider the outlook from his progressive viewpoint.

Let us review some facts regarding the individuals that signed the Declaration of Independence and also the U. S. Constitution.

There were 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence and they utilized the following phrase. “they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Individuals that were not of Christian belief would not use this terminology. Of this total, 26 were Episcopalian, 12 Presbyterian, 11 Congregationalists, 2 Quaker, 2 Unitarians, 1 Roman Catholic, and the 2 Deists, Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.

There were 39 signers of the Constitution. Of this total, 12 were Episcopalians, 7 Presbyterians, 5 Congregationalists, 4 Quakers, 2 Roman Catholics, 2 Methodists, and 4 Deists, and 3 not determined. There is no way at this point in time to know with certainty the degree that any of these individuals placed on their religious beliefs, but the values that have been a hallmark of our history strongly indicate that religious faith has been of the utmost importance.

With these facts in mind also consider since 1861 In God We Trust is inscribed on either our coins or paper currency. In 1935 when the current Supreme Court Building in Washington D.C. was built the Ten Commandments are prominently shown along with the figure of Moses.

Lastly since 1954 our Pledge Allegiance to our flag includes "one nation, under God." These are each a recognition of the belief in God.

I personally have no idea to whom or what a secular progressive prays to for direction or in time of trouble, but I recommend that they consider offering prayers to our Almighty God. I believe it is far wiser to depend on God rather the vision of man.

Jan Dolcater

Rockport

Vote Yes for High Island

On Monday, May 12, St. George voters will go to the polls to decide whether the town should allocate $25,000 in municipal funding in support of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust campaign to conserve High Island and ensure public access in perpetuity. This is a once in a lifetime conservation opportunity. The appropriation will leverage MCHT's fundraising position as the organization pursues its commitment to raise $760,000, creating an island park in the heart of St. George. The investment of local people holds significant influence with grantors and a positive vote will express the community's support. Without this support, MCHT could confront barriers in meeting the financial goal and the island could be lost to public access. High Island is visible by anyone traveling down Route 131 to Tenants Harbor or Port Clyde and looking out across the waters of Long Cove. The island is easily accessible by small boat from Tenants Harbor.

Since it is town residents who will benefit most from the island protection, it is appropriate for the town to contribute toward the purchase price and the town Conservation Commission and Budget Committee support this position. Recent town surveys reveal a strong majority of respondents support the expansion of open space and more publicly owned shore land. Demands on town finances would make acquisition of any shore property at this cost impossible. It just makes good sense to partner with MCHT to protect this special place. The land trust does most of the heavy lifting of fundraising through grant writing and soliciting funds from private donors and the Town gets all the benefits, including the benefit of stewardship support.

Imagine yourself, your children or your children's children enjoying a summer picnic on a beautiful Maine coast island and vote "YES" at the St. George Town office on May 12. Voters may also vote absentee.

St. George voters:

Leslie Hyde

Anne Cogger

Joe Higdon

Ellen Sudow

Margot and Rob Kelley

Wickham Skinner

Tom Judge

Steve and Johanna Lindsay

Charlie and Otty Merrill

Monumental

In an article that ran in both The Camden Herald and The Courier Gazette April 24, Gene Graves wrote an excellent article entitled, God the Foundation of Good Government. Mr. Graves presented facts of early explorers and founding fathers, who realized that faith in God was the primary building block of a free society.

Revisionist history has attempted to change much of the thought regarding the Christian heritage found in the founding of the United States. What cannot be changed is the fact that innumerable pages of documents from those early years attest to a faith in God. A recent letter writer attempted to explain away the concept of a Christian nation by referring to the First Amendment to Constitution and Bill of Rights. While this amendment states that the Congress shall not establish an official national religion, it says nothing about separation of church and state. The First Amendment also expressly states that government shall not restrict the free exercise thereof and this clause is abused regularly today against Christianity. Others have also attempted to deny God as a foundation by citing that the Constitution does not mention God while completely ignoring that the Declaration of Independence has references to “Nature’s God”, the “Creator”, and the “Supreme Judge”.

The recent letter writer also attempted to deny a Christian founding by citing various transgressions by the early colonists. Christianity follows a perfect God and not perfect men. Men have frequently failed to perfectly abide by a perfect God, but it is not the men that are perfect. The letter writer is correct that we are not a theocracy nor do we have a state religion. However, that is not a correct thesis to deny a Christian heritage by the founding fathers.

For those who are interested there is a very good film production of the Christian heritage from England to the Netherlands and then to America. The film is entitled “Monumental” and is available on Netflix or Amazon as a download or a DVD. Watch it, it is very enlightening.

Dale E. Landrith

Camden

Costs less than lunch

Maine: it’s our vacationland, too. For the cost of less than a picnic lunch, St. George families can help keep it that way. Growing up on Harts Neck in Tenants Harbor in the 1960s and ‘70s, I used to enjoy riding my bike to Martinsville Beach, which is no longer freely accessible to those of us who have inhabited St. George year-round. My fondest memories are of my dad, Syd Davis, loading the family into his lobster boat for a picnic on a quiet island. Many of those islands have been snapped up by people whose interest is seasonal and access to their private land is now prohibited. If only each of us could purchase more of this land which used to be our year-round vacationland!

While few of us can afford a tract of land on our own, together as taxpayers we can reclaim High Island, off Tenants Harbor, and keep it open and accessible for all to share. On Town Meeting Day, May 12, please vote to purchase High Island and keep it free, and accessible, forever.

Sally Davis Cocco

Kittery Point

Small print

A few days ago every household in Belfast, Camden and the Rockland area received in his or her mail a new FairPoint Communications telephone book stating all business places in this area. The only bad feature is its very hard to read small print. When looking up someone's telephone number a person has to have very good eyesight. This should be very hard for the elderly person. The ads are very good to read.

Gordon Wotton

Thomaston

Comments (3)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | May 14, 2014 15:01

Maggie Trout's comments; and the comments about being a Christian nation;  remind me of words that have stuck to my heart since  hearing a pastor ask a few months ago:
"HOW DO WE CHANGE PEOPLE'S PERCEPTION OF THE CHURCH FROM ONE OF HATE TO ONE OF HOPE?"

It's by touching people one at a time at their point of need. Seems like there was someone 2,000 years ago that set that example.

When I see Littlefield Memorial Baptist Church ad for:
"Paying Forward The Blessings" A caring  and sharing giveaway. Everything free; it gives me  HOPE for our future. That kind of love is life changing, folks.



Posted by: pat putnam | May 13, 2014 08:13

Christians are not the only ones to believe in a creator or in G-d.



Posted by: Lis Clark | May 11, 2014 10:15

Thank you, Maggie Trout. We need to remember the people like your young woman. As much as I am thrilled to see Rockland growing and becoming a city we can be so proud of in so many ways; as much as it is wonderful to see all the interesting people, both local and from away, who are making the area home, bringing new skills and affluence to the area, we need to remember that there is still a population of people affected by poverty and hopelessness. We seem focused on presenting ourselves as all cleaned up-no homeless kids, no drugs, no crying need for someone to recognize the potentially bright, productive person peering out from behind frightened eyes. These kids aren't recruited for our organizations; we'd rather they weren't bad influences on our nice, middle class children, and we leave them to find their own way, a daunting task for anyone trying to grow up. Look around and see the young people teetering on the razor's edge of becoming that person in the ER. We need to open our minds and, most importantly, our hearts, to these kids before they end up as "that sort of thing." We are better than this.

Lis Clark



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