Oct. 5 Letters to the Editor

Posted Oct. 04, 2010, at 5:28 p.m.

Don’t forget Moody

Recently we have been exposed to politics at its worst and the obvious media bias against two of the independent candidates running for governor. I am, of course, referring to Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott.

I have known Shawn Moody for several years, and I know him to be a straightforward, compassionate, honest, family man. He is also a very successful, self-made businessman.

Ninety-five percent of his employees own their own homes. They are dedicated to him and his business. That is a real tribute to this man.

Shawn has put up his own money in order to run for governor because he has great concern for the direction in which this state is headed. I am convinced that he truly cares about Maine and all its residents.

He knows that if Maine ever is going to be prosperous again, the next governor will need to work with the legislature to reduce unemployment, support our present small businesses and attract new business, reform our welfare system, create more competition in health care insurance and make changes to our education system. These systems aren’t working and need changing.

Visit his website at www.moodygov.com and get to know this man.

I am convinced that Shawn Moody is the best candidate for governor of Maine. I will be voting for him in November.

Brenda Theriault

Greene

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Rioux for House

I am writing in support of Peter Rioux for state representative of District 42 in Waldo County.

I have known Peter all my life — we grew up together in Aroostook County. On many occasions, we worked side by side on his dad’s farm, and it was obvious from a young age that Peter was an extremely hard worker. I watched Peter take on a man’s responsibility at a very young age. Not only is Peter a hard worker, he also is resourceful, thoughtful and considerate.

As a small-business owner and craftsman, Peter has established himself as a leader in his vocation, and he understands the challenges facing Maine’s small businesses today. His independent spirit and can-do attitude are exactly what Mainers need in Augusta. He embraces the idea of working to improve the business climate in Maine by eliminating barriers placed on small business as well as reducing the burdensome taxes placed on all Maine people. He is exactly what Maine needs in this increasingly tough economy.

I urge you to vote for Peter Rioux in November; he will do his best to represent you.

Maynard Pelletier

Bangor

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Health care fix lacking

Despite needing a better proofreading, the Republican “Pledge to America” seeks to overturn our nation’s new health care law. What a joke, and typical of the current American way of treating the symptoms instead of the problem.

No amount of political pandering or pill-popping will fix the U.S. health care system. What will work is Americans quitting smoking, giving up fast food and junk food, driving responsibly and exercising daily — all tiny sacrifices that cost absolutely nothing but would save half a trillion dollars a year.

Despite the GOP politicians, radio entertainers and television commercials telling you otherwise, there would be no health care crisis in this great country if Americans weren’t so lazy, selfish and irresponsible.

Joe Anderson

Cushing

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Union view too narrow

As an MSEA-SEIU member, I’m discouraged how this powerful group acknowledges only selected Democratic candidates to represent the union’s best interest.

Recently, their propaganda sheet arrived in the mail, urging members to back Libby Mitchell, Mike Michaud, Chellie Pingree and other Democratic candidates. As far as I’m concerned, these folks had a chance to improve our lives — and they failed miserably.

The union’s method of choosing candidates certainly doesn’t represent my political beliefs, nor do I believe it speaks for the majority of the members.

We have no input in the selections, nor are we asked.

I’ve witnessed this same procedure for years. Now that the state forces its employees to join this powerful organization, we’re being told who to vote for and why.

The Democratic control in Augusta has failed its people for the past several years, unless it benefits those loyal union members and their selected politicians.

I believe the unions have done more to harm this country than they’ve done to make our lives better.

This union member intends to support Jason Levesque, Paul LePage, Mike Thibodeau, Peter Rioux and other solid candidates living in my area. They appear to be looking out for the best interest of all Mainers — and not just the union politicians.

It’s time for the unions to back away from their influence in politics and start representing the real interests of Maine residents. We’d be far better off if they did.

John Ford Sr.

Brooks

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Welfare is necessary

Welfare is a necessity of capitalism. In the past, federal welfare programs were not needed, communities were small, close and fairly self-sufficient. Family homesteads provided food and shelter and were home to generations of the family. Grandparents, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters lived under one roof, extended family often lived on the homestead in other buildings.

Fast forward to the mid1900s and the concept of the “American dream.” Poor urban and rural communities continue to live and depend on the family structure, while middle-Americans become defined by a very narrow standard.

Father works, mother keeps house and children go to school. The family is ultradependent on father’s job, and so on.

Today, the family structure has continued to narrow, the profit motive that is the basis of capitalism has removed the benefits that past labor forces enjoyed.

The elderly are put in homes while their adult children pursue secular careers, family members that become ill or fall on hard times go without while other family members prosper. Welfare is a necessity of the very capitalist system that welfare opponents preach.

Conservatives such as Paul LePage speak out about the poor taking advantage of the government while engaging in fraudulent behavior that robs the government of billions.

Craig Fishburn

Bangor

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Cut or raise taxes

I voted for a casino in Bangor because of a clear understanding that certain revenues from it would go to support and subsidize harness racing. I would not have voted for the casino had I suspected that the Legislature intended to divert some of these revenues and use the slots cascade as a slush fund to fill budget shortfalls.

Legislators have to lead: Either cut the state budget and make that pain acceptable to Mainers or raise taxes and do the same with that pain. Hoping that gimmicks can float us until prosperity returns to the state is unworthy of our legislators.

John Goldfine

Swanville

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