Sen. Collins cares
I am a practicing neurologist and I am an independent voter. Services provided through numerous federal programs are important to my patients with problems such as Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. I have visited our representatives in Washington to encourage them to support legislation important to my patients.
I have met with Sen. Susan Collins on a number of occasions. She has listened carefully to my concerns. She has actively supported services for my patients and in fact has taken a proactive role in sponsoring beneficial legislation. A recent example is the legislation directing better care for returning veterans with head injuries through the Veterans Administration. She has consistently demonstrated a concern for her constituents on many similar issues. Her efforts are typically bipartisan and often very effective. Another example is her support for seniors with her vote in favor of the recent Medicare bill.
The current polarized political climate in Washington distracts from, if not sabotages, the very reason that our representatives are in Washington. Their role is to represent and care for their constituents and to address major domestic and international issues confronting this nation. Given my experience, the choice in November is clear. If you are interested in voting for a candidate who is truly concerned about the residents of Maine and who is one of the few moderates in Congress trying to overcome the logjam created by political polarization, I strongly urge you to vote for and support Sen. Susan Collins.
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Palin ducks questions
I find it interesting that only a few weeks ago the Republicans were criticizing Barack Obama for his “rock star status” because of drawing large, enthusiastic crowds. Now Sen. John McCain is using Sarah Palin in the same manner in order to bolster his lackluster campaign.
The senator is basking in her popularity and seems to be unwilling to allow her to be open to scrutiny by keeping her at his side. Hopefully, Gov. Palin will soon be asked to respond to questions without reading from a prepared speech so that the public can better know her views on key issues.
However, voters need to keep in mind that it is John McCain who is the head of the Republican ticket, not Sarah Palin, that is unless the senator decides to do the ultimate flip-flop.
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Moral high ground?
Sharon Rideout’s letter, “Palin has strong values” (BDN, Sept. 15), impels me to respond. I am appalled at how often people will vote for a candidate based on one issue (in this case, pro-life) while ignoring some glaring drawbacks. I too am pro-life. However, there is much to consider here when measuring the McCain-Palin ticket on an ethics scale.
The Republican ticket may wear the pro-life pin on their collective lapels, but they more than offset this by immorally imposing upon us the continuing degradation of our planet by drilling for more oil and continuing the imperialistic motives of the current administration. This insatiable thirst for oil is reminiscent of an alcoholic desperately searching for that hidden bottle they never told anybody about while promising sobriety in the future. This extremely outmoded way of thinking has not only helped cause the pollution of our air and water, but our economy is close to going under.
I, too, vote on moral principles. That’s why I can’t vote for a ticket so in lock-step with the most immoral administration in history. Remember, George Bush is pro-life, but his administration has done major damage to our moral standing in the world with an illegal war, lies, torture, spying on the citizenry, loss of rights and all-around arrogance
Sarah Palin is pro-life. But she’s also pro-oil, doubts man-made climate change and wants polar bears off the endangered species list. Moral high ground? More like head for higher ground.
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Collins bill too late
The Sept. 17 BDN editorial, “Contracting Improvements,” was correct when it claimed that “the overriding problem is that government oversight hasn’t kept pace with the rapid growth in government contracts,” and this is especially so in the case of U.S. government no-bid contracts to American corporations operating in Iraq.
More than $20 billion of U.S. taxpayer money has been lost or stolen because of U.S. government mismanagement. At least part of the blame for mismanagement must be shouldered by Sen. Susan Collins who chaired the Senate oversight committee and, yes, failed to provide adequate oversight.
For the BDN to praise Collins for introducing legislation to curb the problem at this late date only calls attention to Sen. Collins’ past mismanagement.
Roger W. Bowen
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High turnout needed
My hope for this coming election is for a very large voter turnout. I don’t think we can afford another election where only 40 percent or 50 percent of the electorate decides who is to be elected. People need to use the power of the ballot to let their voices be heard.
I will be supporting Barack Obama for president. We need a clean sweep in Washington, D.C. We can’t afford another Bush-like president. McCain is no maverick — he supported Bush at least 90 percent of the time, and there’s no reason to believe that he will stray very far from the right-wing agenda. His choice for vice president shows me he is pandering to the right wing. There are dozens of other Republican women he could have chosen — but they would not have satisfied the right-wingers.
I’m supporting Tom Allen as well. I will not vote for a senator who has supported the Bush agenda at least 80 percent of the time. Susan Collins has done some good work for Maine, but I’m not willing to give her my vote given her support for Bush.
It’s time for change. It’s time to look forward. I have to believe that if a very large voter turnout happens on Nov. 4, the large majority of voters will vote for a clean break with the past.
Michael W. Grondin