Courier-Gazette Letters to the Editor Jan. 23

Jan 23, 2020

Shame in the White House

Mr. Trump recently complained that his impeachment, regardless of the unfortunate conclusion that he is unlikely to be convicted by his senatorial cult-followers, will still be a stain on his otherwise ‘perfect presidency.’ We know that his narcistic use of the word perfect is now a hallmark of his disinformation bluster.

While this stain of impeachment is deservedly significant and appropriate regardless of the outcome, it exists in the context of multiple transgressions that have now served to diminish the stature and dignity of this high office.

The stains of hateful bigotry, sexual predation, persistent and intentional untruthfulness, environmental assault, healthcare assault, outright corruption for personal gain, the cynical manipulation of religious freedom values, bullying and the vial coarsening of public discourse, and on and on it goes. Possibly the greatest stain of all, is the horrific example of undignified, corrosive, and shameless (supposedly adult) behavior being displayed to our children daily.

It’s hard not to conclude that those who stand steadfastly by Mr. Trump share in these stains of character as they attempt to hold onto unprincipled, raw power. These stains are deep and ultimately destructive to our democracy, and what will be needed in the coming election is a deep and uncompromising cleansing.

Neal Guyer

Thomaston

Justice waits with baited breath

The Senate will meet in silent judgement, the robed Chief Justice presiding. Oaths have been taken, high principles alluded to, the trial of a President impends.

Are these the remnants of an archaic democracy? Have we moved into an era of neglected fact and doubted truths, where principles twist to suit any cause. Are we incapable of determining truth?

I want the blind scales of Justice to be moved from it's high place to its rightful place of prominence for us to witness their use. I desire her renewal, for her to come alive and sit with our senators and ask for facts and law to be balanced for the good of the Nation she protects.

Our proud nation waits for her arrival for us all to see her Majestic beauty.

Jeff Dubin

Waldoboro

Great experience at PBMC

Two weeks ago, I underwent total shoulder joint replacement surgery at the Penobscot Bay Medical Center.

This is the first significant surgery I’ve had since third grade when I had my tonsils out and, I’ll admit, I was a little nervous. After all, I’m only 71 and there are lots of things I still want to do with my right arm.

No worries. The attention and education my wife and I received both before and after surgery were spot on. Dr. Rasmussen guided me through the options for addressing the arthritis in the joint and, after I made the choice to go forward with the procedure, he and the whole surgical team came through for me.

I also want to thank the nurses, Isabelle and Brittany, who took care of me during my overnight stay in the hospital, and Jeffrey, the occupational therapist, who carefully adjusted my sling and showed me how to exercise at home. Thanks guys!

Steve Mansfield

Warren

Big thanks to the city of Rockland

I am writing to thank Rockland residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

Because of the generosity of donors in Rockland and across the U.S., Operation Christmas Child collected more than 6,900 shoebox gifts at drop-off locations serving the Maine Capital Area Team.

Across America, the project collected 8.9 million gifts in 2019. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2019, the ministry is now sending 10,569,405 gifts to children worldwide.

Through shoeboxes—packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—Rockland volunteers brought joy to children in need around the world. Each gift-filled shoebox is a tangible expression of God’s love, and it is often the first gift these children have ever received. Thanks to the generosity of donors, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 178 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories since 1993.

It’s not late to make a difference. Though locations serving Rockland are closed until Nov. 16 to 23, information about volunteer opportunities can be found at samaritanspurse.org/occ or by calling 518-437-0690.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project—many who do so year after year. These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.

Dana Williams

Boone, North Carolina

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