August 28 Letters to the Editor

Posted Aug. 27, 2009, at 6:23 p.m.

Don’t fund abortion

Over the past months, the leaders of our nation have more insistently chosen to deny the right to life of the most innocent and defenseless among us — unborn babies in the womb. For example, President Obama declared support of the “Freedom of Choice Act” which would make illegal any legislation restricting the practice of abortion.

It is clear that the denial of the right to life to the unborn eventually results in the denial of the same right to those who have grown weak in old age, have serious illness or special needs.

Our nation is becoming ever more a society in which those in power decide for whom the right to life will be respected.

According to The Associated Press, health care legislation before Congress would allow a new government-sponsored insurance plan to cover abortions. As far as I am concerned, this is just one more step to allow and to fund all abortions. I do believe that we do need a health care bill, but not one that pays for abortions.

James H. Tweedie Sr.

Blaine

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Worse than socialism

I read in the news that the profits of the large insurance companies have gone up 600 percent in the last nine years. If these figures are correct, then any attempt to change the system will be met with a lot of resistance.

Under the current system things are far from being perfect, with premiums and deductibles going up and many left out in the cold because of pre-existing conditions. If there is one thing worse than socialism, it is a greedy type of capitalism where more importance is placed on making a profit than on the well-being of others. Concerning this issue, Scriptures reveal that the church at the beginning had its own type of socialism, not the Marxist type, God forbid, but the Christian type where the love for others was the motivating factor.

With this country as a whole, the situation is a lot more complex with many different religious beliefs, the interpretation of the Constitution, etc. However, when things are not right and things need to be corrected, then corrected they should be.

Irwin Dube

Madawaska

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Is it worth it?

While talking to a gentleman the other day, I mentioned how my heart went out to all our brave men and women coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan with debilitating wounds, including mental.

Someone else added, “You know we are doing so much good over there, but the media doesn’t report it, and I’ve heard that from a lot of veterans.”

This may or may not be true as we are all subject to what the media allow us to see over there. However, my concern, along with the care of our returning veterans: Is it worth sacrificing our young men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan?

In my era, the media was always explaining why we were there and what we were fighting for. Of course, the media misled us in Vietnam and cost our young men and women their rightful due. Let’s hope and pray Iraq and Afghanistan do not become like Vietnam due to our media’s reporting.

Frank Slason

Somerville

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Paying to be misled

People should be aware of how much money their elected officials are receiving from health care insurance companies. For a real eye opener, go to fec.gov to see who is contributing to election campaigns. And if you think the money is given without any expectations, you are wrong.

Money influences the way they think and vote. And the insurance companies have plenty of it to spend — they are charging ever-higher prices and maintaining a large profit margin. They are spending some of that profit to be sure they can continue to make those high profits and keep their stockholders happy — and to keep their private jets, beautiful offices and astronomical salaries.

They “earn” those salaries by figuring out how to charge the most they can, insure only the healthy and deny or delay procedures, tests or treatments. Decisions are made in the boardrooms based on profits. Maybe the patient will die and we won’t have to pay for it at all. This has really happened, and it just could be you or your family member who gets that “treatment” from their for-profit health insurance company in the future.

So take a close look at who is contributing. It tells you a lot about what their priorities are for health care reform. Don’t be fooled by a clever and well-funded misinformation campaign; do what you can to force real change in the way we get — or don’t get — health care in this country.

Ellen Meaker

Orono

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What about USPHS?

With all the talk about health care, no one has discussed the demise of the U.S. Public Health Service. When I was in grammar school, physicians would call students out who hadn’t received their vaccinations and inoculate them right there at the school. If you traveled abroad, the USPHS had a clinic at each international airport for any shots you might need.

Who dismantled the institution, when and why?

Sara Benson

Lubec

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Corporate communism

Nick Hubbard of Holden, in a letter to the editor Aug. 12, praises capitalism for producing many wonderful things that we enjoy today. But it was actually entrepreneurs who created these wonderful things in a free-enterprise system that was, at the time, less encumbered by the corporate-capitalist government-controlled system that exists today.

Unlike the free-enterprise system, the corporate-capitalist system requires cheap labor, as in communism, to make the huge profits that give it control of governments with which it destroys the ability of the entrepreneur to create and carry on their small-business ventures.

It has been said that capitalism and communism are two sides of the same coin.

Ronald F. Gray

Addison

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In praise of FairPoint

FairPoint seems to be taking quite a beating lately, so I would like to say some positive things.

First, my Internet service is far better than it was under Verizon. In fact, I have had no interruptions in service and my connection speed is better.

Second, I had a billing dispute recently and was able to reach a real person within two minutes. With Verizon, that was impossible. The dispute was quickly resolved, and as it turned out, it was my error.

Let’s give these people a chance. I think they are doing their best.

James Dearman

Orono

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