We are the enemy
I recently attended a concert at which one of the singers asked, “Are you sick and tired of the CEOs screwing the working class?” Everybody in attendance seemed to enthusiastically agree. Where would the working class be without CEOs?
CEOs run businesses, right? The last time I checked, most of us work for businesses. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the working class wouldn’t exist without CEOs or “the evil rich.”
The demonization of the people who sign our paychecks is a dangerous movement that seems to be gaining leverage. The American people are starting to sway in a direction this country has never seen before and that’s scary.
The thing to fear here is not the administration that currently holds office. It can be replaced. It is the people that vote for them. And if they’re on board with government takeover and control, then we’re all screwed, even the people who voted for it, and they don’t even realize it.
Without wealthy people we have no work, plain and simple. It’s that, or the government controls what you do and how much you make. It’s not corporations that are taking jobs away. It’s government taxing them right out of this country, and bending the economy to its breaking point with bailouts, stimulus and ridiculous trillion- dollar bills.
The government is not changing this country for the worse — it’s us.
Due to the good will and sense of community from Coach Bob Corkum and a number of players from the University of Maine Men’s Hockey Team recently, my 6-year-old son, Cole, had the opportunity to skate with Ryan Hegarty, Mike Cornell, Joey Diamond, Josh Seeley and Matt Mangene. They were gracious, patient, and represented the University very well. However, the highlight for Cole and me was meeting goalie Scott Darling.
My son idolizes Scott, and when I had the chance to tell Scott that, he couldn’t have been nicer or more accommodating. In fact, without being prompted by me or anyone, he retrieved his game-stick, autographed it with a personal message, and gave it to my son. This impromptu and thoughtful gesture not only made a gigantic impression on a little boy which will never fade, but also caused me, as both a parent and member of the Maine Legislature, to look at the University’s sports program and its athletes in an entirely different light.
That simple but significant gesture by a young man, barely out of boyhood himself, caused a little boy and his father to look at all athletes a little differently. I know from reading the BDN that Scott’s experiencing some challenges right now, but I hope Coach Whitehead and others at the University might see this letter, and at least consider the impact, that the class, demeanor and kindness of one student-athlete had on one little boy and his family.
RSU 19 passes burden
Over the last two budget years, RSU 19 teachers and board have doggedly stuck to a “me first” attitude by increasing school taxes and cutting positions and other costs in order to ensure that teachers receive their step increases and promotions without interruption.
This means that virtually all of the recession burden was borne by taxpayers and those whose positions were cut, both of whom suffered major reductions of income as a result. The income of the rest of the teachers and staff continued as normal, relatively unaffected by the recession.
School board members and teachers routinely exhort the community to participate in education programs. It is time for teachers to share the impact of the recession by agreeing to freeze district salaries and adopt furlough days as has been done by state employees and other school districts.
Increasing the RSU 19 2011 budget and school taxes, as in the 2010 budget, in order to protect salaries, retirements and promotions is not a fair or acceptable way of sharing the recession.
Hadley E. Smith
The military and media keep saying that our soldiers are dying in Afghanistan to keep America safe. Actually, Afghanistan’s Taliban has no ambition other than to drive out the foreigners from their country. There are almost no al-Qaida folks in Afghanistan. They’re scattered all across the world.
So what are we doing there? Our goal, at least since Bush was first elected, is to build a pipeline through Afghanistan. The Bush administration, because of this desire, was treating the Taliban as an ally.
In May 2001 Colin Powell, secretary of state for the Bush administration, gave the Taliban $43 million at about the same time that John Walker, the American, joined the Taliban’s military. After Sept. 11 and the U.S. turning against the Taliban, Walker was deemed a traitor to the U.S.
The Bush administration’s stated goal in going to war with the Taliban was to allow Afghan girls to attend school, something he had absolutely no interest in before 9-11.
Our hopes for an end to these senseless wars were dashed when Obama began morphing into his predecessor.
Eliot J. Chandler