A modest proposal
Everyone wants honesty and responsibility in our government officials. What I propose may be considered politically incorrect and the diversity crowd may panic.
Everyone who expects to vote should be required to register at their voting precinct with photo identification a minimum of 30 days before elections. This allows officials time to verify any questionable registrations. A simple test is required to determine if a person is capable of reading and writing their own name in English. How else would a person be able to cast a responsible vote?
Absentee voting allows only seven days before general elections with counting of those votes after general elections.
Voter fraud is an ever-present danger and the small inconveniences that may occur by my proposals are far outweighed by the honesty derived from it.
A better voting process would not be discriminatory to anyone because all would be treated equally. Honesty must be present at the polls and voting process to produce honest officials.
Sen. Schneider ‘gets’ it
Over the past several years I have had the privilege of working with Sen. Elizabeth Schneider on several Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, projects and initiatives. Sen. Schneider “gets” the long-term problems that are facing Maine’s and the nation’s economy. Many of these ultimately stem from a lack of investment in the STEM fields. She understands that it takes years and even decades to successfully produce the professionals of the next generation. And these professionals are the ones who start up and maintain our industries of tomorrow.
Many people in today’s society have a problem looking beyond this year or this election, and so we are faced with an inability to see our long-term needs. Sen. Schneider is not one of those people. The senator has repeatedly been able to see in the long term and focus on the roots that will result in a better tomorrow. This is a trait we should expect and demand of all our leaders.
I have been watching and reading information about the election and trying to make the best choices I can.
Susan Collins is my choice for the U.S. Senate. I have been reading about her accomplishments on her Web site, and I am so impressed with the wide variety of legislation that she has written or co-written. Her work on diabetes legislation is of special importance to me and my family.
Seeing a woman like Susan Collins in the Senate is an inspiration to me. My family has always told me I can be anything I want to be and do anything I want to do. Sen. Collins is living proof of that. She’s from Caribou and worked to get where she has. Along with Sen. Olympia Snowe, young women in Maine have two great women to look up to.
I encourage other 18-year-olds to join me and register and go to vote in November.
I am supporting John Cashwell for Legislature in District 117. While on the Bangor City Council, John’s strong commitment to public service was obvious. He was fair and thoughtful when listening to and debating issues.
John worked under Govs. Mc-Kernan, King and Baldacci in various capacities. With his independent spirit he has proved his ability to get things done. He has vast experience in the private sector as well.
As a Maine man and a dedicated family man, John is fully aware of our values, needs and concerns. Most importantly, he has the courage of conviction to fight for us in Augusta.
I fully intend to vote for John and urge others to do the same.
Collins puts Maine 1st
As a former 27-year resident of Washington County, I know Susan Collins, and I know she will continue to serve Maine effectively and with the caliber of excellence Mainers have come to expect from her. Her accomplishments in Washington, D.C., are second to none. Not only has she never missed a vote in the Senate, she has passed legislation on issues ranging from port security to biomass development.
Like many Mainers, I am worried about the high cost of heating oil this winter. I had the privilege to attend a luncheon where Susan Collins presented a plan to make America energy-independent by 2020, a 10-step venture that is structured around producing more, consuming less and pursuing alternatives. Sen. Collins is invested in Maine’s future and understands that if our state is to compete economically, we must cultivate our educational roots by providing for our students. She was author of a law that has brought $10.5 million to Maine’s rural schools over the past five years, much of which I have seen at work not only in Washington County but in Bangor where I have lived for the last 10 years.
Susan Collins has deep Maine roots, and she knows what is important and will continue to always put Maine first.
Obama, Allen = hope
Hope for Americans and Mainers is offered by presidential candidate Barack Obama and senatorial candidate Tom Allen. Here is our chance to turn this ship around, remove and replace the people who are in power who do not have our best interests at the core of their policies, and concentrate on what is really important in our lives.
We are painfully familiar with the catastrophic record of the Bush administration. It is our communities, friends and families who pay the high price of the agendas of politicians, lobbyists and fearmongers. War is not the answer. The money squandered in Iraq would have funded many programs in this country. We cannot give more and more money to select groups who have only profit and power as their goals.
Obama and Allen both have records and personal backgrounds that speak to their genuine concern and commitment. Obama and Allen voted against the invasion of Iraq, are for universal health care, improved education, a different tax structure, services for veterans, bringing jobs back to America and Maine, new forms of energy, and truly caring for all of our people in a fair and compassionate way. It is our money, our quality of life and our government. We deserve ethical leadership. Hope, in 2008, is offered by Barack Obama and Tom Allen.
Vote for Nealley
The financial crises in our country is biting all of us. It is affecting us locally, and for this reason, especially now, we should choose people with experience and the smarts to lead our community in the right direction. I personally have confidence in David Nealley on our City Council to do just that. He’s bright, honest and courageous.
Vote for David. You’ll be glad you did.
J. Normand Martin
Vote Yes on 1
I am writing in response to the letter by Sharon Bray (BDN, Sept. 29) urging people to vote No on 1. As is usual with the supporters of this tax, Ms. Bray neglects to mention that in addition to the tax on beer and soda, this measure also includes a 1.8 percent tax on your benefits every time that you use your health insurance.
I cannot understand the logic of how raising taxes on health insurance benefits in order to support cheaper health insurance makes any kind of sense. I have a hard enough time meeting my co-pays and cannot afford to pay an additional tax on my health insurance. It would be most refreshing if all the supporters of this measure also mentioned this tax and told the entire truth about this measure.
I would also point out that in the last election, Gov. John Baldacci promised no new taxes as did many, if not all, of the people running for the Legislature. Then they have the nerve to pass this new tax in a secret late-night backroom meeting with no public input or comment. Now they are wondering why people are upset.
The Dirigo plan was flawed from the beginning and needs to be scrapped if the only way it can stay afloat is with this new tax. If you want affordable health insurance in this state, then change the laws and allow health insurance companies in to have free and fair competition as has been done so successfully in most other states.