Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012: Angus King, Head Start and Mitt Romney

Posted Oct. 08, 2012, at 3:58 p.m.

All of the above

I have recently semiretired from the oil and gas industry from the environmental remediation side and was glad to hear that Angus King is an “all of the above” strategic energy thinker.

For the first time in decades, we can consider independence close at hand as a result of American technologies being able to extract, create and utilize new energy sources previously out of reach. This is only true if we utilize all our energy options over the long haul.

The “play of the day” is called “fracking,” or hydraulic fracturing of deep sedimentary layers, allowing both oil and natural gas to be recovered economically. Our proven reserves, with more to come, are huge and could allow us to control our energy destiny, now and in the future.

Now we have the “runway” needed to get other clean and safe energy technologies off the ground in the near future, and many are close. We need a regional and national distribution system and to get natural gas into Maine. We need solar, biomass power, tidal, wind and geothermal energy technologies to step up, too.

Every politician needs to fully understand that in the new world competition for energy resources; we need: all of the above.

We need independent pragmatism and thinking, not politicians locked into party orthodoxy that has gotten us nowhere, despite our energy riches.

I have heard King’s thoughts on the subject, and as our independent senator he could bridge the gap between parties on a pragmatic nonpartisan basis, and I am satisfied he truly “gets it.”

Elliott Moorhead

Brunswick

Head Start works

Why did our Maine Republicans, no matter how nice or committed to children they seem in their speeches and in their resumes, vote to cut Head Start? More than any other program, it has been proven to help our children become successful adults.

The military says we need it — Mission Readiness: Invest in Kids, www.missionreadiness.org. Our business community says we need it — America’s Edge: Strengthening Businesses Through Proven Investments in Kids, www.americasedge.org. Our police say we need it — Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, www.fightcrime.org. Who says we don’t need it? Our Maine Republicans.

If the Republicans maintain control of our state Legislature and gain control of the Congress, how will we become competitive as a state or remain competitive as a nation in the years ahead? Republicans invoke Reagan strategies: tax cuts, deregulation and increases in the military budget. Those are yesterday’s.

Anyone trying to get a job or who has children and/or grandchildren trying to get a job, knows this isn’t Reagan’s world. We can’t live on our laurels any longer if we want to be competitive. Comparing scores of the top 34 countries, we rank 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

We need all our people’s talents and skills to create a healthy and prosperous 21st century. Head Start is a proven winner. We need representatives at the state and national level who look to the future rather than hearken to the past.

Joyce Schelling

Orland

Support Schneck

I am writing to support the candidacy of John Schneck for the Maine House of Representatives District 16. I have known Schneck for many years and consider him a valued friend of the people.

Anyone who has made a habit of listening to the news on the radio probably already knows Schneck. As a journalist, Schneck was always fair but probing and delivered plenty of good information about important events to the people of the Bangor area. Now he is prepared to take that same inquisitive nature and put it to work for the people of Bangor and the state of Maine.

Voters in District 16 should embrace the opportunity to send the strongest possible voice for them to Augusta this Nov. 6.

Matt Dunlap

Former State Representative

Old Town

Romney vs. 47 percent

In more than 50 years of watching electoral politics, I’ve never seen a presidential candidate who simply wrote off half of the American public.

Mitt Romney’s apologists argue that he was just (with good cause, evidently) giving up on winning the votes of those who don’t work and don’t pay taxes. Romney’s actual words belie that interpretation. Romney said, in that Florida mansion to his millionaire benefactors: “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” To my mind, he is simply confessing that his administration will not care about or work for half of the American public.

Romney’s will be an administration of the millionaires, by the millionaires and for the millionaires. All of his positions, from health care to tax cuts for the rich, to energy and the environment support that interpretation.

If you’re going to go out on a political limb, Romney, you should at least get your facts straight. As many have pointed out, Romney’s insinuation that 47 percent of the American public is lazy freeloaders is totally wrong. Most of the 47 percent who don’t pay income taxes do work and do pay payroll taxes. Only 18.1 percent of Americans paid neither federal taxes, nor payroll taxes in 2011, and most of them were elderly or earned less than $20,000 a year.

I work and pay plenty of taxes, Romney, but President Barack Obama has been and is now more than ever my candidate.

Sharon Tisher

Orono

Nonconsumer diagnostic headache

At this time, I would like to address the automotive world.

They make nonstick fry pans but they can’t seem to address a coating as good as the fry pans for frames that rust, bodies that rust and bumpers that even rust.

Repairs are not consumer-related any more. Fuel injection is great, but it is a nonconsumer diagnostic headache, the autos are all designed to bring jobs back into the dealer’s workshop.

Bernard Michaud

Presque Isle

Shot in the foot

Seems the Republican Party has shot itself in the foot once again. I had intended to vote straight Republican, but seeing just how ignorant they are they will not get a single vote from me.

I am not a President Barack Obama fan, but he is the lesser of two evils.

I have been a registered independent for 50 years but have always voted for who I thought was the best candidate. Hello, independent U.S. Senate candidate Angus King.

Mary Ellen Daigle

Brewer

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