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March 2 Letters to the Editor

Insurance firm greed

I have been receiving many solicitations from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and finally wrote it in protest.

Why would I insure with a corporation that whines about the high cost of health care, yet does nothing to mitigate it? If it seriously wants to do something about costs, how about putting pressure on pharmaceutical companies to lower the cost of drugs, help hospitals and doctors lower administrative costs?

I hear the representative of an insurance company say that Maine had different procedures than New Hampshire and therefore was more expensive, which is why the requested rate increases are higher here than there.

How about streamlining the process by having one form for all the states, thereby lowering the administrative costs, and simplifying the form so there would be fewer costly errors? Everyone would benefit. Oh, perhaps not the insurance and pharmaceutical companies, for they would not get as much money.

The greed is nauseating, and the remedy is simple — pass a good health care bill.

Lisa Hawkins



Voc schools on board

The BDN’s Feb. 26 editorial, “Rethinking High School,” is a breath of fresh air to this teacher. We in the vocational school system have been doing this for many years.

In all of Maine’s vocational high schools, students are held to performance and standard based assessments. I think the greatest value to this type of education is that proven competence in a subject matter will allow the student to build on that knowledge.

Could you imagine trying to learn spelling if your kindergarten teacher hadn’t made sure you mastered the alphabet? Just as you cannot build a tall building on a shaky foundation, a student cannot reach higher levels of thinking and performance without a good foundation. Would you hire a professional person who knew only 70 percent of what he or she was doing?

Edward Read



Against texting

Where are the MATs — Mothers Against Texting — when you need them?

The MADDs — Mothers Against Drunk Driving — have been suspiciously silent on the issue when they should be lending their muscle to help legislate against what has now proven to be a problem twice as dangerous as someone behind the wheel with an alcohol level of .08 percent, the percentage agreed upon by most states to be the level of inebriation.

Yes, texting is twice as dangerous as a drunk driving. This is now a fact. The science is in, enough so that even Oprah is focusing on this alarming menace.

So, now that the problem has been identified, where are our mentors, legislators, educators, angry mothers and law enforcement agencies to solve what is so astoundingly apparent?

We need solutions, and quickly. The fact that MADD is not on top of this dilutes their overall efforts as they are staring at a killer that is twice as dangerous as their original concern.

We need strong deterrents that will make people think before they text while driving. In China they might cut off a finger or two.

Unfortunately, our system is not so harsh; yet there is a solution. It is just a matter of finding the right butt to light a fire under.

Addison Berkey



Above the law

These days, we have an increasing number of politicians, sports champions and Hollywood icons who believe that they are above the law, that normal standards don’t apply to them.

Tiger Woods just admitted to having believed that about himself, along with Gov. Elliot Spitzer and Sen. John Edwards. The votes of too many congressmen and senators are for sale, if the bribe is large enough!

Is it any wonder that today’s kids are confused and that suicide among them is on the rise?

Could the lack of good role models, in addition to receiving poor teaching, explain why most of them drink alcohol and have sex at younger and younger ages?

They aren’t born automatically knowing right from wrong and that bad decisions have consequences.

They must be taught that each of them is a created person with a special purpose in life.

When they’re taught that they evolved from apes or whatever the latest senseless theory is, it’s not surprising that they think so little of themselves that they engage in “hooking up” in their co-ed college dorms, having neither feelings for nor commitment to their partners.

Revised American history fails to teach them the truth about our founding fathers and what a wonderful country America is, leaving kids feeling rootless and purposeless.

The steep decline of good morals grew worse when the Bible, prayer and God himself were thrown out of our schools.

The Bible is God’s word, a road map for living happy, productive lives.

Rosalie Welch-Johnson



Corporate people

I was encouraged to read a recent OpEd in the BDN about the “move to amend” effort in response to the Supreme Court decision to equate corporations with people in the “Citizens United” case. It seems the court can’t tell the difference between real people and artificially created business entities. This decision would allow large corporations to drown out our voices in any political debate.

This must be changed!

It seems to me to be the ultimate nonpartisan rallying point. It is absurd and disgusting that the court chose to treat commercial creations as equal to human beings. The result of this decision disempowers us regular, ordinary citizens and results in “we the people” no longer having a real voice in our government.

The efforts that some in Congress are making to try to address this issue are not enough. I urge people to go to www.movetoamend.org, to learn how to undo this travesty and sign the petition to amend our Constitution.

To learn more about the deeper issues involved go to the Web site fixcongressfirst.org, Learn about what Lawrence Lessig calls “the fundraising Congress” and the “Fair Elections Now” bill.

This is way too important to ignore.

Ellen Rowan

Deer Isle

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