Letters to the Editor March 11, 2011

Posted March 10, 2011, at 8:25 p.m.

Nose check

Some have wondered why the Wall Street bailout honored the excessive wages, bonuses and contractual obligations of the bankers despite the economic disaster their actions caused. This question is especially interesting now that state workers and especially teachers are being faced with reductions in their much more modest salaries and contractual pension obligations.

It might be clear in the faces of those who are involved. Wall Street bankers generally share similar white male faces to those governors and legislators who are trying to cut and deny contractual benefits to the state workers who are much more likely to be women and minorities. It’s as plain as the nose on their faces!

Douglas Kimmel

Hancock

Share the pain, unions

I am retired, receive Social Security and a pension from work. I have never had

a pension increase and no increase in Social Security in two years. Also, the government has taken away my income from interest on savings.

My wife and I must pay $500 monthly for Medicare and supplemental insurance.

So I say to union people, stop whining and share the pain to save Maine`s future.

Shirley F. Tidd

Warren

LePage right on cuts

We can all agree that our state is in a big financial mess. When Gov. LePage campaigned, he clearly stated that he would have to make tough cuts. Now that he is delivering on his campaign promises, many are crying foul. However, if he did nothing hoping to make everyone happy, these same people would be criticizing him for not fixing the mess.

Whether it is a personal household, a business or a state government that is on the brink of financial insolvency, the fact remains that painful cuts have to be made. It is not a pleasant process for anyone, but the consequences of inaction would be even less pleasant.

For those employed by the state, I know it hurts to have to pay more for health insurance.  I don’t know if they realize how fortunate they are to have an employer who pays anything toward their premium. We have to pay for our own extremely basic insurance and our premium has gone up $97 per month in the past year.

The cuts to general assistance have a direct, negative impact to my business, too, but I understand that the state cannot spend money it does not have. Many people are sharply criticizing the cuts that affect their own sphere but don’t offer any better solutions.

Unfortunately when something needs rebuilding, there is a period of tearing down before the rebuilding can begin. I believe Gov. LePage is on the right track to getting Maine solvent again.

Lisa Norsworthy

Bangor

Build arena now

In my opinion, Bangor needs a new auditorium and has for the past three decades. So what is the problem, Bangor? Get it done.

Given the state of the economy, I think this project would generate a lot of new jobs. I also think local contractors, subcontractors and labor should come from Bangor and surrounding cities and towns to put our Mainers to work.

This is a good thing for Bangor and for all concerned. The time is right, so why not get it started ASAP? It’s only going to cost more if you wait. Strike while the iron’s hot and the interest rates are low.

One more thing: Paul Bunyan needs a statue of Babe the Blue Ox next to him for public relations and tourism. Maybe someone could start a fundraiser for Babe.

Kenneth Churchill

Charleston

The job is filled

So Gov. LePage thinks that “buying a Maine daily newspaper is like paying someone to lie to you.”  Why would we want to do that? That’s what we already pay the governor for.

Sol Goldman

Bangor

Self-defense was clear

As someone who has followed the Zachary Carr story for the last year, it is ridiculous to me that he was convicted of “knowing or intentional murder” when the precedent of self-defense has clearly been laid out in the past.

Assistant AG Benson said (as quoted in BDN), “This case is about bringing a handgun to a mop stick fight.” Is it so necessary to downplay the arsenal of weapons that were actually at hand? The mop stick was the most innocuous weapon about which I read. There were several kids present with a shovel, a mop handle, and brass knuckles with a knife attached, threatening to “smoke him out” if he didn’t come out to fight.

This was a kid scared for his life and backed into a corner bringing what he thought he needed to survive. Whether the gun went off accidentally or deliberately, do Americans now have to get killed before they can defend themselves?

I feel sorry that a kid died; it’s a real shame. However, now, as Allen Suddy stated, “Two lives are gone.”  Two lives are gone because someone felt afraid enough for his life to bring a loaded weapon.

I hate to think that if my life is threatened tomorrow, I would have to equate survival with prison, life not an option.

Keith Parker

Brewer

These Irish eyes are smiling

In response to Mr. Walsh’s letter to the editor, dreading St. Patrick’s Day: St. Paddy’s day is as American as apple pie. It is about being Irish-American.

America was built on the backs of hardworking Irishmen: Chicago, New York, Boston. This one day of the year we can be proud of our heritage. The Irish could not afford lamb, but could afford corned beef. How wonderful our Jewish immigrants have shared this.

This is what makes America great. Have you ever been to a place called Ellis Island? It is not about green beer and a reason to be stupid. That I will give you.

For an Irish-American, St. Patrick’s day is about being thankful for everything our great-grandparents accomplished with just a dream and the courage to make it come true. Both Irish-American Protestants and Catholics celebrate this day with a bit of foolishness. As for your claim of the real Irish not caring about this form of Irish pride? How untrue! They have been able to rebuild Ireland with new houses and roads from the cash from American tourism.

On St. Patrick’s Day, I will be singing “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” with the memory of an Irish Nana who never made it rich, though was blessed in being American and who passed down her love and respect of the Land of Green with joy. Saddened that you with your cup of tea and your dram of bitterness have missed the point of this American holiday so completely.

Kimberly Mitchell

Greenbush

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