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Saturday/Sunday, Sept. 10-11, 2011: Hunger, jobs and ergonomics

Unacceptable death toll

How is it that 26,000 children under the age of five die every day from hunger and easily preventable diseases in developing nations? Why did some countries grow while others did not? Why were so many in Africa without the necessities of clean water, enough food and health care?

The ticket required to board the train called the industrial revolution was primarily “adequate rain” and “good soil.” Therefore, Africans are still where our great-grandparents were prior to this train’s arrival in our country, poor farmers with five or six children in order to accomplish the work necessary to live.

It’s difficult to imagine the scope of the tragedy that happens in Africa every day, largely due to geography. Imagine you are watching your local news and hear of a day care center with 25,000 children burning to the ground — no survivors. The next day another day care, another 25,000 children. The next day and the next, with no end in sight. This is essentially what is happening in Africa.

Please take this opportunity to save a life. Choose a child who is starving and feed him. Or possibly a couple children who have lost a brother to malaria and provide a bed net. It costs $1 per day through World Vision. Their finger is on the pulse of the world’s poor. There can be few greater joys available. You can make a difference in the health, length, impact and joy of a child’s life.

Carol Smith

LePage putting Maine to work

While the special interest groups and Emily Cain’s “Party of No” have been debating silly murals and fighting change, Gov. LePage was hard at work making Maine an attractive place for job growth, all while representing the Maine taxpayer.

This past session, LePage and the Republican Legislature passed welfare reform, health insurance reform, streamlined regulations and also cut many layers of unnecessary red tape. As a result, Maine is indeed “Open for Business” and we are already seeing positive results.

LePage found a buyer for the Millinocket and East Millinocket mills, with the expected hiring of 200 to 500 employees. Richard Legault, senior managing partner of Brookfield Asset Management said, “Today’s announcement would not be possible without the tireless efforts of the governor.”

Affiliated Computer Services in Lewiston is adding 200 jobs. Molnlycke Healthcare will be adding 100 jobs in Brunswick. Idexx Laboratories in Westbrook plans a major expansion which will add 500 jobs. Carbonite is moving to Lewiston, with up to 250 jobs by 2012. This is only a small listing.

After years of stagnation, the jobs are finally coming to Maine and this proves that LePage’s policies are working. The words “entrepreneur,” “career growth,” “business creation” and “profit” are finally being used and the result is jobs.

LePage’s plans are to continue moving Maine forward to fully rejuvenate our economy. Let’s support the governor and continue this trend so our kids can finally call Maine their home and have the career opportunities they deserve.

Gary Maheux

Be prepared

I read a report on the state Board of Education website titled “Preparing our kids for the 21st century.” In the executive summary there was a statement that jumped out at me and has been in the back of my mind since. To paraphrase, it says “kids need to be prepared to compete globally and be prepared for a new form of governance.”

As can be expected, the report’s findings are now incorporated into the new goals for students to be implemented by Commissioner of Education Stephen Bowen. The goal specifically states: “We can build on the strengths we have in Maine and ensure that all Maine students leave the educational system ready to compete with their counterparts across the globe for their place in the rapidly evolving global economy. They must graduate from high school ready for college, career and citizenship-choices they can make.”

Bobby Cox

Chair lift analysis

Linda Coan O’Kresik’s interesting photo of three men carrying chairs after a Bangor Waterfront concert on Sept. 7’s BDN State page makes for an interesting study in ergonomics, I believe.

I predict the man in front is going to have a backache, the middle man’s load is not uniformly stacked and may shift, but the third man is erect, carrying close to his body, with a confident stride.

Am I right?

Pat Ayers

Green alliance, red herring

It must be a slow news day for the BDN to run a front page item on a nonevent, an investigation into the political activities of the now-defunct Maine Green Energy Alliance by an obscure state government agency, the Office Of Program Evaluation And Government Accountability.

The issue — political favoritism in hiring staff — was raised by Sen. Trahan, R-Waldoboro. No smoke, no gun, nada. Nonevent.

Now, if this government agency looked a little closer at its surroundings it would find something more interesting in the governor’s hiring history. That could be worthy of a writeup in the BDN.

Charles Ames
Fort Kent

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