Roe v. Wade

Now Trump’s puppets have announced their determination to discard a principal freedom enumerated in our Bill of Rights — namely, the freedom from rule by superstitious dogma. Let’s delve into this further.

When my own ancestors immigrated from England (Burgesses to the Cape in 1630 and Leavenworths to the Housatonic in the 1680s), Catholics were forbidden to settle in New England. This part of the New World was settled by refugees from the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) and the English Civil War that came a generation later. These were the offspring of the Wars of the Reformation.

In the Thirty Years’ War, Catholics and Protestants had fought back and forth across Europe, slaughtering each other in the name of their particular God of Loving Mercy. The memory of the Wars of the Reformation was fairly fresh in the minds of our Founding Fathers when they wrote our Constitution, because their great-grandparents had lived in those times. Think of Milton’s “Avenge O Lord, thy slaughtered Saints…” commemorating the massacre of Protestants by the Catholic Troops of Savoy in the Piedmont in 1655.

The fundamentalists on the far right should consider carefully whether their religious superstitions are worth a second civil war, one  which could result in the extirpation of religious dogma from this country. Our Founding Fathers were smart men, and far better educated than the average “Conservative” Trump follower. We must keep the Bill of Rights intact to avoid a civil war that would split this country into several pieces.

William B. Leavenworth


Fishy question

Question: When is a salmon not a salmon?

Answer: When it lives its life in a tank

Jennifer Hill


Concerned about ‘women’s centers’

Because accurate and timely information from legitimate health care providers is essential for making the best choices for ourselves and our families, we have become increasingly concerned about the 11 so-called “Women’s Centers, Women Resource Centers, or Crisis Pregnancy Centers” that operate throughout Maine, including Zoe’s Women’s Center in Rockport and First Step Pregnancy Resource Center in Bangor.

These centers advertise as places where women can go at no cost to confirm pregnancies and examine “all their options,” while their primary objective is to convince women to avoid abortions. Not regulated by HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), they can share personal information with others.

Unexpected pregnancy can present a crisis, and individuals need and deserve accurate, unbiased information about all the options, including abortion. We must make a clear distinction between licensed reproductive health clinics — like Mabel Wadsworth, Maine Family Planning and Planned Parenthood — and these “fake clinics” that seek to advance their anti-abortion, manipulative agenda.

Belfast Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights (GRR)

Andree Bella

Cindy Brenner

Mayo Bulloch

Judith Holland

Kathy Kreamer

Lisa Kushner

Elayne Richarda

Suzanne Romaine

Janet Simpson

Linda St. Peter

Sarah Werkmana

Know what is wrong

Since abortion is the latest distraction for the Democratic party’s failed programs, I would suggest the following. If a pregnant woman is killed by a drunk driver, that driver is often charged with two counts of manslaughter. Why is that fetus now considered a person?

If you have any level of recall you should remember the description by a southern governor of a child removed from the womb who is kept comfortable while a discussion takes place between the woman and her doctor about the future of that helpless human being. That discussion is to kill or not.

I have been married for almost 50 years. We had no children for over 10 years. I can assure you those 10 years were not sex-free. My point: It is pretty easy to not get pregnant. It is also pretty easy to take a pill following a night of unprotected sex.

Without question, there are times when a medical procedure that may cause the death of the unborn in order to save a pregnant woman is called for. Using the abortion procedure as birth control is wrong. My opinion is not religion-based. I know what is wrong, and if you don’t, then shame on you.

Leo H. Mazerall Jr.

Stockton Springs