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Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012: Cross Insurance Center, taxes and death panels

Bangor arena

The Cross Insurance Agency was initially approached by a representative from Front Row Marketing for a name for the new arena in Bangor. They came up with a name, Cross Insurance Center.

Bangor and the surrounding area should be very proud to have the Cross family come forward. All of the Cross family members are wonderful, caring, down-to-earth people. They have worked very hard for many years to keep the family company going.

It was started by Woodrow Cross in 1954 in his home at the kitchen table. The family is very dedicated to the company, their employees and, most of all, to their family, friends and church.

As like anything else in this world, there will be pros and cons stated; that’s what businesses, sports and politics go through all the time. You can’t make everyone happy.

Good luck to Bangor and the area and the Cross family for many years to come.

Pauline McLain


The 98 percent

As someone whose income sometimes falls into the higher brackets, I have a personal stake in whether upper-income federal tax rates are allowed to return to pre-Bush levels at the end of this year. And even though it might mean I pay a little more in taxes, I support ending the Bush-era tax cuts for our nation’s highest-income families.

When the new millennium opened, our economy was strong and our federal government was experiencing annual budget surpluses. Taxes on the wealthiest among us had gone up at the beginning of the 1990s and, contrary to the gloomy predictions of some, the economy boomed, our national finances became healthy and the rich continued to do just fine. Over 20 million jobs were created.

Although there were other causes as well, the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, the vast majority of which went to the wealthiest taxpayers, were a major contributor to our federal balance sheet turning from surplus to deficit.

They also did nothing to spur economic growth: Even before the Great Recession hit in 2008, middle-class families were just treading water and job growth was anemic.

So why would we want to extend cuts that did so much damage in the first place? Certainly taxes should not go up on the hard-pressed families below the top bracket, and that encompasses 98 percent of American households.

For the good of our country, I believe the top-bracket giveaway should end. I urge our two senators to vote accordingly.

Tony Kulik


Death panels

When the Affordable Care Act was first introduced, we heard misleading talk about the death panels that were allegedly part of the legislation — panels that would be empowered to determine who would get health benefits and live, and who would not and be left to die.

It turns out these critics were right, but not in the way they intended. We learned in the July 26 article of the BDN that the state’s recent Medicaid expansion saved lives, and a lot of them: one per year for every 176 Mainers insured.

Our governor is keen on shrinking our MaineCare rolls by 23,000 individuals, and he threatens not to cooperate in the Medicaid expansion that is part of Obamacare. This New England Journal of Medicine study details the real cost of these proposals — the lives of real people in this state. It would seem that those who support these cuts are the real death panel.

Steve Bien


Independent vote

I know saying that Angus King is an independent is not convincing enough to vote for him. After all, I would hope regardless of party affiliation any political leader would be willing to vote for a proposal or bill if they believed in it, even if it wasn’t sponsored by their own respective party.

However, there are other reasons why King should go to Washington. For one, he is committed to the future. By examining alternative energy, fighting to keep energy production in the United States and wanting to reform the student loan industry, I believe he will fight for my generation.

More immediately, he will work across the aisle to help reduce the monstrous deficit and spiraling debt, try to reform the filibuster that is being used too often on Capitol Hill as well as provide for America’s national security. He also rails against the type of disgusting partisanship that almost crippled the nation last summer over the debt crisis, and, with his executive experience, I firmly believe he will fight in the Senate with the fervor that is deserving of his fellow Mainers.

If King is elected, he will keep Maine on the political map and bring a uniqueness to the Senate that has been lost amid the thriving, shameful and childish partisan atmosphere that has captivated the upper chamber. I believe King is the right choice for Maine, and that is why this Republican is voting for him in November.

Tyler Hadyniak



The left and the Obama administration do not want voter identification. Voter ID isn’t about race. It’s all about votes. They want illegal aliens and the dead to vote. Democrats bus people to the poles. This is fine, but Republicans would be smart to follow those buses just to make sure they only go to one polling location.

I feel that one reason that the left wants “In God We Trust” removed from all books, buildings and our money is because it doesn’t want anything to remind it of its shameful acts! Fast and Furious is another shameful act. Obama only wanted more violence so he could push through that small-arms treaty with the United Nations, and that treaty would have destroyed the Second Amendment.

Class envy is another shameful act. The rich didn’t get rich by sitting on their butts; they worked hard and then hired help. Remember that no poor person ever hired anyone. Obama wants another stimulus package to boost the economy. People get a stimulus check and go to Walmart and buy products made in China. Obama doesn’t know what he is doing, period. Shameful.

The Democrats have the biased media, and they all reported that Ann Romney had a shirt on that cost $1,700 but failed to mention that Michelle Obama had on a shirt that cost $6,800, and we probably paid for it. Shameful.

Gene Trisch


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