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Nov. 1 Letters to the Editor


The McCain tragedy

If I weren’t so angry at the messages I am getting on my phone machine, I would pity John McCain. He is a tragic figure.

In 2000, I spent the winter in New Hampshire. I went to the town meeting McCain held in Hopkinton to hear his ideas. There were about 50 people there, and that seemed amazing at 7 a.m. on a cold, cold morning. So although I can’t say my encounter with McCain was “personal,” it was certainly “up close.” I left the town meeting full of admiration for him. I also read his book, “Faith of Our Fathers.”

On my phone message machine I was shocked to hear an outrageous lie being propagated by the Republican Party. Now they claim that an old acquaintance of Obama was responsible for attacks on the Pentagon. They are hoping we will think that this refers to 9-ll. How can McCain, who was once an honorable man, countenance these personal attacks and let his name be sullied by lies? Are lies now part of his vaunted patriotism?

It took years for the North Vietnamese to break McCain when he was in prison. But it took only weeks for the Republicans to break him. McCain’s campaign was destroyed by the lies the Republican machine spread in South Carolina. And now McCain is using that tactic in Maine against Obama.

Janet King

Deer Isle

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Write in Hoffman

If you wish to vote for real change, vote for Herb Hoffman for U.S. senator. He is a write-in candidate because the Democratic Party forced him off the ballot.

He believes that we should get out of Iraq and Afganistan — both troops and contractors. He would work for a single-payer health plan. He would like to see a U.S. foreign policy based on diplomacy, relationships and peace. He would like to see a reduction in the military budget and create a true economic stimulus package that will grow jobs and directly benefit the people.

To vote for him you must write in Herb Hoffman Ogunquit. If no independent candidates are allowed on the ballot, we can hardly call ourselves a true democracy.

Jane Sanford


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Yes on Question 3

Question 3 on the Maine ballot will ask voters if they “favor a $3,400,000 bond issue to support drinking water programs, to support the construction of wastewater treatment facilities and to leverage $17,000,000 in other funds?” Under both the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act, Congress established State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs, which are financed with federal grants. To secure those grants Maine must, annually, provide a 20 percent state match.

The SRF program is an important source of funding for the replacement and improvement of Maine’s aging water and wastewater systems. The $3.4 million, if approved, will provide the match for the 2009 program.

In these very trying economic times, the five-to-one federal to state match is a deal that Maine cannot afford to pass up. Approval of Question 3 will result in more than $20 million of system improvements, which will create jobs in Maine communities for contractors and other associated businesses.

Tough economic times or not, Maine residents expect their water to be safe to drink. They also expect wastewater to be adequately treated before it is discharged into our rivers, streams and coastal areas.

Jeffrey McNelly

Maine Water Utilities Association


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No on Question 1

As a citizen concerned about the effects of alcohol on our youth, I am advocating for a “no” vote on Question 1. In an effort to prevent the use of alcohol by our youth, I am willing to pay a few pennies more on beverages.

When I read about youth who have been the victims of an alcohol-related incident, I have to wonder why beverage companies — most from out of state — are spending $3 million on an ad campaign to convince people “a penny saved is a penny wise” for Maine.

According to the Journal of Law and Economics, a 10 percent increase in the price of beer will reduce the number of heavy youth drinkers by 15 percent. When we think of taxes, some fear this will mean an incredible amount of money. The tax will be less than 3 cents for a bottle of beer (Maine brewers are exempt), 4 cents for a can of soda and 7 cents for a bottle of wine. Are we really going to notice this increase?

When we raised taxes on cigarettes, many quit and positively increased their health outcomes and the health outcomes of those affected by secondhand smoke. Just think what a few pennies will do for our youth, our state and our health!

Jane Freeman


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Bangor council picks

This year, our election ballots offer a full range of candidates and offices to consider from the White House in Washington to City Hall right here in Bangor. As budgets tighten at the federal and state level, so does it at the municipal level. With it comes the need for clear vision, leadership and responsibility for the future of our city.

In the City Council election, there are three candidates on the ballot who deserve your consideration. Andrew Sturgeon brings a proven background of fiscal responsibility, vision, leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit to the race. Richard Bronson impresses me with his strong combination of private sector-public sector experience and a desire to help shape the economic future of Bangor. David Nealley brings budget hawk mentality, a vision for expanding Bangor’s tax base and clear understanding of how to get things done for the residents of Bangor.

Our actions in this election will bring new councilors to serve for the next three years. As the city deals with issues of major financial consideration, we will be best served by those who have the skills, experience and track record to make the right decisions for the taxpayers of Bangor.

I encourage you to join me in voting for Andy Sturgeon, Richard Bronson and David Nealley for Bangor City Council.

Cary Weston


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Vote for my Mom

On Election Day, I hope you cast your vote for my mother, Rep. Jackie Lundeen, who is running for Senate District 34, which encompasses towns from Presque Isle south to Houlton and into southern Aroostook.

My mom was born and raised in Mars Hill where she has been involved with the family farm for more than 40 years. She understands the issues of working families, farm owners and small businesses. She has served four terms in the Legislature and is well respected in Augusta where she has worked across party lines to get things done. She serves on the Agriculture Committee and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. These key areas represent many lives and interests of the people in Aroostook.

She has been a strong opponent of school consolidation, taking on her own party to represent the views of many who live in very rural areas in Aroostook County who would be adversely impacted by consolidation.

What I like most about my mother is she has common sense, quiet dignity, down-to-earth style and a hardworking farm background. Please vote for my mom, Jackie Lundeen, for Senate District 34.

Stephanie Lundeen McLaughlin

Mars Hill

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