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Comments for: Monday, Oct. 8, 2012: BIA prices, Searsport tanker and taxes

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  • kcjonez

    Bridget McIntosh–I usually love irony but the abuse of our tax codes by the wealthy is the single largest factor for our shrinking public services and growing national debt.  The fact that most of these ultra rich are pro endless war and consider themselves patriots while destroying our economy for the sake of fattening their own larders is beyond irony, it is deplorable, it’s un-American.

    • Anonymous

      You could take all of the wealth of the rich and the federal deficit will barely budge The national debt will continue to grow.  The problem really isn’t the revenue side of the federal budget.  It’s the excessive, uncontrolled spending.

    • Anonymous

      I’m trying to understand what you mean by “shrinking public services.”  We’ve added more people to the food stamp program and the unemployed have figured out that they can get more money on disability than on unemployment.  Public services are not shrinking, they are growing. 

      Mitt Romney’s 2011 tax return showed that he paid an effective tax rate of 14.1%.  My income puts me in the middle class catagory and my 2011 effective tax rate was 13.3%.  The ultra rich do get special privileges thanks to congress tweeking the tax code over the past 50 years.  Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to close the tax loopholes thus raising the taxable income of the rich.  Romney also donated over $4 milliion to charity compared to the $400 that VP Biden donated.

      Our growing national debt is not because we tax too little, it’s because we spend too much.  If we taxed the top 5% at 100% of their income we would still run a deficit.  It takes a lot to make up $1,300,000,000,000 in borrowed money.

      • Anonymous

        No, it’s both. We spend too much and we tax too little. Only the Democrats are admitting that that is the reality of our situation. The last time we had a surplus, taxation was higher and spending was lower. That’s fact, you can’t get around it. 

        Democrats have proposed cuts and increases in revenue by at 2.5 to 1 margin. That’s not radical or insane, that’s what got us to a surplus last time. Republicans on the other hand? Well Romney has promised ending unspecific loopholes and deductions along with cuts to things like PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts (which all amounts to pocket change essentially), which will magically balance the budget, including the massive spending increases for Defense. Does that sound reality based? 

        I think you need to be honest with yourself and ask who is pushing a plan that is possible and who is just pushing a plan that will be popular (and not yield actual results). 

  • Briget, What is amazing is that he backs the military but they also pay no federal taxes while on deployment. 

  • Anonymous

    I find it ironic that Romney and Republicans are constantly talking about how ineffective government is and that’s why we should get out of healthcare and cut stuff like PBS — but at the same time, we should increase Defense spending immensely, like somehow Defense isn’t a government program. Can you imagine their response when you point out that they’re talking about the military when they say how awful our government is? Their response when you point out that those serving and veterans are part of that 47% of people they smear? 

    • Anonymous

       Defense of our country IS one of the Constitutional responsibilities of the federal government.  It IS “enumerated” in the Constitution.   Owning or subsidizing a television network is nowhere to be found in the Constitution.

      • Anonymous

        Doesn’t matter. We spend 1 billion on PBS and we spend 1 trillion on Defense. Where is the requirement that we go further and further into debt in order to give hand outs to Defense contractors? Further and further into debt to police the world?

      • Anonymous

        Yeah but we spend more on defense that the rest of the world’s nations combined.   Defense spending should be drastically cut.

  • Anonymous

    Kathleen Huff, i’ve wondered why ticket prices are so high at BIA myself. Taxpayers subsidize the airport. Shouldn’t consumers get something in return? Even the Trenton airport was, and maybe still is, offering affordable r/t tickets to NYC this year. We don’t even have train service to Boston. It’s as if we’re living in the 19th Century.

    • Anonymous

      Nineteenth century? Please… there was no i95, no cars, no buses, etc. Be thankful you don’t have to take a horse and buggy to boston. We’ve got it pretty sweet, even with no trains

      • Anonymous

        Right you are! I should have written 100 years ago instead of implying 112 years ago. But I won’t say you’re nitpicking, because then people would think I don’t like nitpickers, which is, of course, beside the point.

        I’m pretty sure I could get to Boston faster by Burro than by bus, that is if Burros were allowed on I-95. Plus the letter was about why are air ticket prices so high at BIA.

      • Anonymous

        There was overnight liner service from numerous places on the Maine coast (Bangor included) to Boston Daily at the turn of the century. The steamship lines delivered fresh produce, eggs, & meat from North Haven and other coastal communities to Boston daily.

    • Anonymous

       The real issue is apples and oranges.

      While you can fly non-stop from BGR to NYC, you cannot fly non-stop from BHB to NYC. All Bar Harbor flights go to BOS. A four-week advanced purchased ticket will run $355 from BGR (non-stop) and $455 from BHB (2-stops).

      BHB is subsidized thru the Essential Air Service (EAS) contract.  Bangor is not eligible for these subsidies. 

      As far as taxpayers subsidizing the airport? Users subsidize BGR.  We pay a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) on all tickets.  The Bangor airport is one of the largest and most profitable landlords in the city.  You would be hard pressed to find another government agency that is nearly self-sufficient.

  • Anonymous

    Nancy,
    I’m afraid you are grasping at very thin straws. As the Captain of a 400′ trailing suction hopper dredge I work in close proximity to LNG & LPG tankers all the time. The USCG sets up a temporary safety zone (usually 1000 yards) for their transit, and escorts them in & out. This same precaution is taken for Cruise Ships, as they are a much more vulnerable, high value target than a tanker. When we are working in the channel & an LPG/LNG ship passes, we get out of the channel for the 15 min it takes for them to transit. We then resume operations, with little downtime, and little loss of revenue.
    As far as your concern of traffic jams on our waterways, every sizeable port in the US has a VTS (Vessel Traffic System) in place. It is much like an air traffic controller for the waterways. Ships check into the system, and are advised of traffic in the system, and given instruction if required to hold station or go to anchor. Once there is sufficient ship traffic on the Penobscot Bay, then we too will have a VTS system. This is not the wild west, the foriegn ships plying the Penobscot Bay have trained US pilots on board, and the US ships have licensed US Mariners in command of them.

  • Anonymous

    K. Huff, P. Tobin, C. Hanson, B. McIntosh;  good letters.

  • Anonymous

    Guess I am not in sync with B. McIntosh letter, and also her use of “its” and “it’s.”

    • pbmann

      If the biggest thing you can find to criticize  about Ms. McIntosh’s letter is a missing apostrophe, you lose.

      • Anonymous

        Though I do not agree with you often I do find it kind of petty to p@#$ and moan about somebodies grammar .

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Hadley Smith.

  • Anonymous

    Phil Tobin – Yes, you do have a few marbles missing. You forgot to add the new entitlement programs and the millions that have been added to the entitlement lists. By the way, revenue to the government is still doing fine; it’s the overspending of those in charge that are the problem And entitlements are a BIG part of the mess.

    Candy Hansen – If you view taxes as a patriotic duty, then shouldn’t you also view responsible spending of those tax dollar as a patriotic duty? If so, then you should be extremely disappointed in those in charge of those patriotic dollars. They’re spending us out of existence, and by your letter, I’ll bet you’re going to do your part to vote them in for another 4 years. It’s time to wake up and be a real patriot and vote for America first.

    • pbmann

      I am voting for America first, that is why I will be voting for Obama instead of a man who sends jobs overseas and hides money off shore.

      • Anonymous

        Obama has sent more jobs out of the country than Romney ever did. And if he gets 4 more years, he’ll send millions more out of the country. 

        Your answer reminds me of a man that was interviewed before the latest Presidential debate. He has been looking for a job for the last 3 years, but will vote for Obama unless Romney convinces him that he can get him a job. That’s just ignorance on parade. If he can’t find a job with Obama in office, then why would he want him in for 4 more years. 

        2016. You should go see it. Or are you afraid to know the truth about the man you so blindly support?

  • Anonymous

    I have yet to hear any Democrat in DC say they are spending too much. 

  • Anonymous

    Flat tax is the answer, everybody pays the same percentage.Whether you make 10 million or 10 dollars.

  • Anonymous

    We are voting on two different tax plans in November.  One is the Minimize Income Tax Totally for the Rich – referred to as MITT R.  Its title is self-evident. Someone else will have to pick up the slack.

    The other is called the Fair And Responsible Tax System or FARTS for short. FARTS is not pleasant and often comes out of nowhere. FARTS is shared by all – no one is immune. Most of all – FARTS just stinks and there is nothing you can do about it.

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