Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012: Bangor leadership, trickle-down economics and social insecurity

Posted Oct. 03, 2012, at 4:53 p.m.

Support this fine patriot

Sam Canders has gained the experience and leadership skills needed to make all the difference to represent Bangor’s citizens of District 15.

Canders, a Republican, has proven himself to be an untiring champion of individual rights, and I fully believe he will work diligently to bring about smaller government, restore local control and call for fiscal responsibility as a state representative. Residents throughout the state of Maine have been heavy burdened with political mismanagement for far too long, and the time has come to make vital decisions to bring about changes that truly benefit the people of Maine.

The election of Canders in November is one way that the citizens of District 15 can do their part to restore the great state of Maine to “The Way Life Should Be.” Canders’ unwavering commitment to uphold the Constitution, preserving the rights of the people, will serve his city and our state well in the years to come. His strong sense of duty, honor and selfless service is a reflection that his motivations to be elected as state representative are with an eye for the betterment of the people he represents rather than for personal gain; Augusta would be better served to have more people of this caliber in its ranks.

I confidently endorse Canders for state representative of District 15 for Bangor and ask you to please join me in support of this fine patriot.

Rachel Gerlach

Saco

Fiscally knowledgeable, responsible

I am not sure why anyone (BDN, Sept. 19) is puzzled about why there are more and more foreclosures in midcoast Maine each year.

My husband and I moved to Eastport three years ago. This year property taxes in Eastport are expected to increase by 6.5 percent if the proposed city budget is approved. Three hundred lien notices were sent out (both of these numbers are as quoted in the Quoddy Tides, May 25).

Rather than being fiscally responsible, the city simply raises taxes, effectively pricing existing and prospective homeowners out of the market.

This fall, two Eastport city council positions will be open. I hope taxpayers will do some research and elect fiscally knowledgeable and responsible people for these positions.

Ruth Wiens

Eastport

You deserve what you get

I am responding to an article entitled “Let the buyer beware in a free-market health care system” by Dr. Philip Caper (BDN, Sept. 20).

Caper correctly and clearly points out the failure of the concept of a free-market health care system and the folly of the concept of many private health care insurances. I hope that all may take the time to read his thoughtful words.

If you cannot readily understand the difference between buying a TV set and trying to determine what health care provider and what health insurer to connect with, then there is not much we can do to help you. And I shake my head and say to the American public, “You deserve what you get!”

William Babson Jr. MD,

Sinclair

Bangor needs leadership

I was very surprised when state Representative Doug Damon, R-Bangor, voted for LD 1746, a budget bill that cut $2 million in funding to Head Start. Damon’s choice to dismantle Head Start means that fewer needy Maine children will spend their childhood in a safe, healthy environment.

Cuts like this don’t make sense, and they are the reason Bangor needs fresh leadership in the state Legislature.

Luckily, there is a wonderful new candidate running against Damon. His name is John Schneck. Unlike his opponent, Schneck, a Democrat, knows that cutting Head Start just doesn’t make any sense. Instead of slashing early childhood education, Schneck is the type of person that would work to protect these programs so all young Mainers are able to get a good start in life.

Please join me in voting for Schneck on Nov. 6.

Gary Ouellette

Bangor

Trickle down reality check

Richest Americans net worth is up 13 percent; Maine median income falls. Poverty was up in 2011 to 14.1 percent from 12.9 percent in 2010. Personally, my income has dropped 12 percent from last year. This is providing I’m not laid off, which is possible.

Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, is in the top bracket of Forbes’ richest Americans list. Here’s a reason why. Microsoft stock hasn’t increased or decreased much in value for the last few years. Yet it’s still rated as a buy stock, meaning it’s undervalued and should go up. So we 401-K/IRA/mutual fund blue- or white-collar workers buy the stock. Microsoft profits go up, but because of compensation to Gates and executives pocketing the profits, the stock stays flat.

Estimates by the top three stock ratings companies for a $10,000 investment in Microsoft for 10 years results in a $9,000 return for your $10,000 investment. If you still think trickle-down economics will work, please read again.

Barry A. Noyes

Hartland

Social insecurity

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan are eager to change Social Security from a guaranteed monthly income for the elderly to an investment-based income. In light of the recent market crash, their plan more appropriately would be called Social Insecurity.

Why do the Republicans want to change a program that has worked so effectively for 77 years? Because by changing Social Security from a guaranteed income to an “invest your money in the market and too bad if it doesn’t work out for you” income, it would give more money to Wall Street, their single favorite entity.

Here are the facts: (1) Social Security never has contributed a single dollar to the national deficit; (2) Social Security currently has a $2.7 trillion surplus. But, Romney/Ryan say, 25 or 30 years from now the payroll tax that supports the guaranteed income system may not provide enough revenue to cover everybody.

Here’s the solution: Currently the Social Security payroll tax is taken out of salaries only up to $110,100. Congress can raise that payroll limit, as they have in the past, or eliminate the limit entirely. Ordinary working people will pay no more into the system than they are paying today yet, as current retirees do, receive a guaranteed monthly income from a fiscally sound program when they retire.

Before Social Security was established in 1935, almost half our senior citizens lived in poverty. With Social Security, today 10 percent live in poverty. Think about this when you enter the voting booth in November.

Sue Newlin

Deer Isle

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