Readers sound off on presidential race

Posted Oct. 22, 2008, at 6:26 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 3:26 a.m.
OP ART BY CHRIS WARE

Mean-spirited McCain

The chickens are finally coming home to roost. The mean-spirited campaign run by John McCain and Sarah Palin, based on distortions of truth and ad hominem attacks, are getting results — although not the ones the mean team was looking for.

The bigger the lies, the nastier the attacks, the higher the numbers have gone for the Obama-Biden ticket. Finally the Karl Rove style of politics is being repudiated by the public, after years of success in bringing the political dialogue down to its lowest possible level.

Hurrah for Barack Obama for ushering in a new age of discourse and political ethics.

Brad Fox

Bangor

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There’s always Ralph

If you are not overwhelmed by either presidential candidate and you want to send a “smarten-up” message to those yahoos in Washington, remember Ralph will be on the Maine ballot this November.

George Chebba

Hampden

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Obama and socialism

Much has been said about Sen. Obama’s tax plan with its magic numbers of $250,000, 95 percent, etc., however, there are some missing details that need to be addressed. Why $250,000? Where did that number come from? More importantly, what is to keep him from lowering that number in the future?

Also, as far as small businesses go, is that before or after expenses? That makes a huge difference in how many companies will have taxes increased or cut.

He says that 95 percent of Americans will see a tax cut. If you think you fall into that

category, think again. Take Wal-Mart for example: It’s obviously a large corporation so it can expect to see a large tax increase. Any business is going to try to offset the cost of this increased burden by raising prices on goods or services. So, if you are struggling to pay the bills and you shop at Wal-Mart you are going to pay more for those items.

This is going to affect everyone, but it is the poor who will feel it the most. Obama said he wants to redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor. This is called socialism. He may think of himself as Robin Hood but this is America and we fight against socialists — we don’t embrace them.

Scott Jone

Levant

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Palin’s old-fashioned values

I was born in Belfast, Maine, but grew up in Palmer, Alaska, the town neighboring Wasilla, Sarah Palin’s hometown. Our towns were rabid rivals in basketball and other sports. I never met the Palins because I moved from Alaska a year or two before they arrived there. I was, however, quite well acquainted with the pastor of her childhood church, since my parents were missionaries in a similar church group. Pastor Reilly’s wife and my older sister were best friends in Palmer High School, where I also graduated.

Sarah Palin’s addition to the presidential campaign re-ignited my smoldering hopes for this campaign, because I know she was taught genuine, old fashioned, (but what should also be contemporary) high spiritual and moral values. Our country sorely needs these values reemphasized and restated. I am now comfortable in committing to vote for McCain-Palin, because their courage, values, intelligence and experience will be a step back toward government of, by and for real people, and a step away from government by slick lawyers, the rich and the self-serving influence peddlers.

Paul Wendell Davis

Exeter

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Obama and Addison

Here on Basin Road in Addison, we know about community support.

This kind of mutual support is what presidential candidate Barack Obama is calling for on a national level. Barack Obama knows that surviving these very tough economic times will require not just tax relief and energy rebates and new jobs, but sacrifice, cooperation and a ready willingness to help our neighbors in these times of trouble.

Small communities like ours are founded on and survive through cooperation and mutual support. The fact that Barack Obama is calling for such community-based attitudes and strategies means that, at the rural, grassroots level, our country can respond effectively to our current crisis by depending on our usual, everyday kindly, cooperative ways of living.

In fact, Addison provides a model for our national survival, as well as convincing reasons for electing Sen. Obama our next president as a man who knows the value and the power of neighborly community dynamics.

Susan Sheridan

Addison

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Green candidate on ballot

In a mockery of democracy, candidates for president who are not major political party nominees were prohibited by the Commission on Presidential Debates from being part of the debates.

The commission, a conglomerate of corporations and wealthy media moguls, has set the bar so high for participation — 15 percent in the polls — that very few parties and candidates other than the D’s and R’s will ever make the cut. This is blatantly done to protect the Democrats and Republicans from being challenged by opposing views. The D’s and R’s get their campaign money from the same places, and those in power really do not care very much which of the candidates wins because both are likely to pander to their supporting corporate and financial powers.

Cynthia McKinney, former U.S. representative to Congress from Georgia and presidential nominee for the Green Party of the United States, is campaigning across the country and will be on the ballot in more than 30 states, including Maine. Green parties in these states and elsewhere are active and garnering public support. To exclude candidates like McKinney is prohibitive in the extreme. Let’s work to include third party candidates and independents in the national election debates. Our country would be better off for their exposure.

Nancy Allen

Brooksville

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