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Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012: Ron Paul, out-of-state money and progressive taxation

Ron Paul is the answer

Please, enough with the partisan bias. Publishing the “Domestic war victim” letter to the editor’s mind-numbing conclusion about the Iraq War is either arrogant, ignorant or both. A more accurate account is to note how a majority of Democrats also supported it. The only current politician on the national front who consistently voted against the Iraq War was Ron Paul.

By supporting current domestic spending levels, the conclusion from the editorial “A Less Expensive Military” is also biased. I know terms like “federal deficit” and “federal debt” appear beyond the scope of comprehension by fiscally irresponsible progressive politicians. When Democrats recently controlled both chambers of Congress and the White House, for example, the deficit reached unprecedented levels, resulting in a $15 trillion national debt.

As collateral for increased deficit spending, a debt is owed to foreign governments who purchased U.S. security bonds, which is primarily the Chinese government. Citing spending and interest rates on the national debt, its payback will reach a point when revenue coming into the U.S. Treasury will no longer service the debt.

And there was no mention of Obama asking to have the cap on federal deficit spending raised by another $1 trillion. This is crazy. Ron Paul has promised to cut federal spending by $1 trillion across the board in his first year of office. This reason is why he has my support.

Dale Ferriere


Concerning aliens…

According to the news, astronomers have discovered an Earth-like planet 600 light years away that might be supporting intelligent life. Since a light year is about 5.9 trillion miles, the distance to the Earth is about 3,540 trillion miles. While the planet is not exactly next door as far as we humans are concerned, as far as the universe is concerned its distance is a mere drop in a bucket, considering how vast the universe is.

There appears to be an important policy in the universe that the stellar systems that support intelligent life are so far apart from each other that there can be no direct physical contact between any two of them.

Concerning space aliens are the following scenarios. In the first, aliens originated from another planet within our solar system, assuming that there is another planet besides the Earth in our solar system that has been supporting intelligent life. Is there?

In the second scenario, aliens traveled in spaceships having special magical powers with an ability to take “shortcuts” while traveling very great distances. This, however, is the stuff of science fiction.

In the final scenario, aliens were supernatural beings from another universe, a universe that is invisible and spiritual. According to the Bible, the Earth has been visited by supernatural beings in the past.

Irwin Dube


Lake aesthetics ignored

I enjoyed John Holyoke’s column about his time at Munsungan Lake and with Jim Carter. Mr. Carter’s comment that visitors come to his remote camp for the “aesthetics” struck a chord as I read Phyllis Goodine’s letter to the editor about the Department of Environmental Protection process and whether it works for corporations or residents. That is a valid concern, considering the Oakfield wind projects are too close to the 1A- and B-rated lakes in Island Falls.

Lakes with that high rating have state and national significance and deserve the eight-mile buffer the DEP seems to be ignoring. The developer paid a scenic consultant to declare the impact was “not unreasonable,” a safe way to ensure continued employment, but a great disservice to residents and the many others who come to the area for the scenic quality of place those lakes offer.

With the testimony of guides from the Downeast Lakes region, and many hundreds of letters protesting wind sprawl near the Island Falls lakes, it would seem prudent for the DEP and Legislature to revisit the wind turbine plague before it spreads any further. I suspect the late Jim Carter would agree.

Mike DiCenso


Republican handlers

David Farmer’s recent column, “LePage readies for fight…” illuminates the out-of-state organizations that control the hierarchy of Maine’s Republican Party.

Maine People Before Politics and the Maine Heritage Policy Center are political Siamese twins connected at the head and spawned by the K Street and Koch Brothers’ political action groups. Farmer is correct in noting Gov. LePage’s well-funded political apparatus is ready to operate in the upcoming legislative session and fall elections without regard for most Republican legislators and rank-and-file Republican voters.

LePage has no policies other than those that he is instructed to follow by his political handlers cited above and facilitated by their safely hidden millions of out-of-state dollars.

When left to his own devices, LePage may stray from the Maine Heritage Policy Center’s directives only to be corrected by his press secretary Adrienne Bennett, who follows the Heritage Policy Center’s guidelines to amend his off-message gaffes. Sad to say, Kevin Raye, Republican Senate president and announced candidate for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat, has been a paid advocate of the K Street lobbying group AdvaMed since 2009. Should anyone be surprised? Follow the money.

Paul Newlin

Deer Isle

Fairer taxation movement

Debate over taxes and public spending is often depicted as class warfare: richer people resisting taxation demanded by poorer people seeking more government services. But there’s a movement afoot to bridge that gap and make the debate not about dueling classes but dueling ideas.

One idea is that all of life’s material success is earned through merit and effort, so higher tax rates on wealthier people is punishing success. What’s more, in this view, progressive taxation hurts the economy by targeting the nation’s “job creators.”

The other idea is that luck — both good and bad — plays a role in financial success, and progressive taxation rounds off the sharp corners of misfortune. It also stabilizes the economy by counteracting the nation’s dangerously widening gap in wealth and income.

I subscribe to the second idea, and so do millions of other Americans, both rich and poor. Many of us have joined together in the Commonwealth Project (you can find us on Facebook) to advocate for more equitable taxation as a necessary component of budget reform. Whatever your financial situation, if you believe fairer taxation is good for America, I invite you to join us.

Dylan Moore


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