Allen the better choice
Sen. Susan Collins deserves credit for some of her legislative activities. She supported efforts to reduce air pollution and global warming, backed energy efficiency and renewable energy, supported international family planning programs and voted for a treaty to ban chemical weapons.
Unfortunately, she made a serious error of judgment when she voted in 2002 to authorize the use of military force against Iraq. That vote was based on falsehoods and flimsy or even nonexistent evidence, yet we are still at war. More than 4,000 American soldiers have died in Iraq, thousands have been wounded and many of the wounds are both physical and psychological.
Many Iraqis have been killed and many others wounded. More than 2 million Iraqis are war refugees, many struggling to survive in degraded conditions.
Americans have turned against the war, and surveys show a majority of Iraqis want American forces withdrawn.
In the face of all this misery and opposition, Collins has steadfastly voted to finance the war, which has cost us more than half a trillion dollars to date. When coupled with President Bush’s tax cuts for wealthy Americans (which she supported), this has contributed to a huge increase in the national debt, which will harm our country far into the future.
Her actions on the war and taxes are reckless and overshadow the good things she has done. Fortunately, we have an excellent alternative. I will vote for Tom Allen, who has been against the war from the start and has a very good voting record on a wide range of issues.
Karl K. Norton
Tom Sawyer failed to attend to his responsibility as Bangor’s state senator in 2003. As a University of Maine graduate student at that time, I was required to meet with then-Sen. Sawyer for a policy class. Mr. Sawyer wrote to me that he would be available at the State House on a specified date and time. After traveling to Augusta and waiting for more than 30 minutes, I found that Sen. Sawyer was present at the Senate that day, but neglected to meet with me. Afterward, he did not return my telephone calls to arrange a subsequent meeting.
Bangor needs a senator who is responsive to his constituents. Sen. Joe Perry has always been attentive when I have contacted him, and has proved he is an effective and dedicated advocate for the residents of Bangor.
John Frary’s appeal
John Frary is unconventional and uses humor to get his point across. There was once another little-known politician who was also highly unconventional, was known for his wit and the ability to use that wit in the service of the people, and was completely unafraid to voice his opinion, come what may. Who was this paragon of political virtue? Just a little-known Illinois lawyer named Abraham Lincoln.
Frary is not afraid to tell the people of Maine the truth as he sees it. Like all of his positions or not, at least for once we have a chance to elect a person who will tell you what he thinks, whether he thinks you will like it or not. And that is a rare thing indeed.
Goode for Bangor
We are enthusiastically supporting Adam Goode for the Legislature in District 15. Adam is one of the most energetic, hardworking, passionate individuals to run for office in a long time.
He will bring a fresh, new voice to Augusta at a time when that is greatly needed. Adam is a fifth-generation Bangor resident who knows what our concerns are and is dedicated to making life better for every Mainer.
Adam’s career has been dedicated to organizing residents in our community to fight for better, more affordable health care and a cleaner environment.
He knows how to get things done and is bound to make himself a leader in Augusta.
Times are tough. We need leaders who are prepared to lead. We couldn’t do better than Adam Goode.
Forget the Joneses
For the past two months we have been hearing about banking collapse, foreclosure and slumping home sales.
Many banks have been dubbed predatory lenders. Yes, they gave a first-time homeowners a fixed rate for 20-30 years, then a few years later, the homeowner took out a home equity loan. That money is spent on new vehicles, trips to Disney, jewelry, etc. to keep up with the Joneses.
Now the homeowner has two mortgages, credit card debt and wants to refinance the whole shebang. The banks rightfully look at them as a risk.
They are offered a variable rate and as the interest rates go up so does the monthly payment. They now cannot afford the payment and want to blame everyone but themselves for their problem.
The banks should have required the homeowner to show a reinvestment of 80 percent of the loan to secure the value.
Until the materialistic people of this country change their spending habits, we will always have these problems. Solution: Stop spending what you don’t have and to heck with the Joneses.
Obama is like Marx
Barack Obama: “Americans want to reclaim our American dream. That’s why I’m running for president of the United States.”
Barack Obama: “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
This is the “American dream”? Sounds more like: Karl Marx: “From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need.”
I thought the American dream was that each person would have the opportunity to make the most of his or her abilities, without the interference of government. When did it change?
Sue R. Berryhill