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Monday, Oct. 15, 2012: Romney’s vision, Iran and hospital mergers

Prefer Romney’s vision

I mentioned to a friend with a steady, but low-paying job that I would be voting for Mitt Romney. She responded that she would vote for Obama. When I asked why, she said: “Because he’s a nice guy and he’s trying.” That analysis is frightening.

In any job except apparently the presidency, performance counts. If David Ortiz struck out 10 times for every hit, he’d be gone. If Tom Brady threw five interceptions for every touchdown, he’d be gone. If a businessman consistently lost money, he’d soon be out of business.

Obama has been a disaster for middle-class workers like my friend and me. Gas prices have more than doubled since he took office; heating oil is way up. Unemployment remains high, and millions who have jobs are underemployed. Interest earned on most investments is negligible. Housing sales remain slow. The federal deficit increases by about $10 every day for every man, woman and child in the country, growing despite Obama’s campaign promises to reduce it. Our children are still sent overseas on dubious military missions, and more people in foreign countries hate us.

Apparently in Obama’s ideal world, everyone (except him and his governing friends) would be poor and totally dependent on government for their existence. In Romney’s ideal world, everyone would be rich and depend on government for very little. Obviously neither ideal will be reached anytime soon, but I certainly prefer Romney’s vision for our country.

Lawrence E. Merrill


Cartoon bomb

Netanyahu’s chart before the UN in the shape of a bomb was intended to suggest that Iran’s intention to build a bomb was a fact, when actually Bibi has no evidence at all to support that allegation. His lust for war has carried him over the top into highly irrational warmongering, claiming that his attacking Iran is really not an attack at all but is actually defending Israel from a powerful and threatening enemy.

Orwell’s doublethink.

Both Benjamin Netanyahu and candidate Romney are suffering from this affliction. What is Iran’s threat? Certainly not from one atom bomb that Bibi’s pretending concern over, considering Israel’s huge stockpile of (illegal?) nuclear weapons, and his overwhelming military readiness,

only second place to the U.S. in the world, and mostly paid for or supplied by the U.S.

Knowing triggering a bomb would be suicide, Iran has no interest in acquiring one. Their “threat” is claiming they will still be standing when the belligerent Israeli government is no more. Iran’s “threat” does not pertain to geography but to autocracy, not to the Israeli people but to their leader.

Iran’s concern for the oppressed Palestinians will preclude any thought of dropping a bomb on Israel since it would also wipe out Gaza and the West Bank. Is Bibi ignorant or obsessed?

EJ Chandler


We can do better

The O p-Ed in the Bangor Daily News on Sept. 11 written by Richard Malaby, District 34’s representative, tried to explain the need for federal waivers being granted so Maine can cut, and cut again, services provided to its most needy in an attempt to balance the state budget.

His premise was to phase the decision as an easy one, between childless 19- and 20-year-olds and adults with disabilities.

If a huge tax cut had not been passed at the beginning of his term, one totaling more than $150 million, this decision would have been avoided and both groups of people could have been helped. It’s interesting to note that the tax break worked out to $7 going to the lower 20 percent of income earners, $123 going to the average family, and around $3,000 going to the wealthiest in the state.

In a nutshell our real choice is tax breaks for the wealthy or helping our neediest residents.

I am running as a write-in candidate for District 34. Since no one was running against Mr. Malaby, I stepped up to take on this fight. Are there budget battles to be fought? Huge ones. Are there compromises to make? Hard ones, but balancing the budget on the backs of the neediest is a choice no right-thinking person could make.

Example: Rep. Malaby voted to cut $2 million of the $3 million the state has given to Head Start, causing programs across the state to close.

Let’s invest in Maine, its people, schools and environment.


Arthur Morison


Financial motives

In a recent news story about Parkview Adventist Medical Center and Central Maine Healthcare’s intentions about merging, your paper suggested that the reason for this merger might have nothing to do with finances. We’re not so sure.

It appears that CMHC is a business that hopes to expand its market share and take hold of some of the patient care in the midcoast region. They hope to do this because there are thousands of people living in this community who receive care at either Parkview or Mid Coast Hospital.

It is public information that CMHC has lent $11 million to Parkview over the past five years, and this is documented in Parkview’s audited statements available on your website. CMHC must want its money back.

Clearly, there are major financial motives here, and our community deserves to fully understand their potential outcomes. We must recognize that CMHC wants to take over a portion of the midcoast health care system and we need to consider what this will mean for our high quality, local care if this happens.

Linda and Bruce MacMillan


Disappointing coverage

How disappointing was your scant coverage of the recent Common Ground Fair (Sept. 24, B Section). Your story of two paragraphs did little to impart the depth of information available at this three-day wonder event.

From demonstrations of sustainable forestry to practical examples of energy savings appropriate to the Maine climate, this fair is more substantive than a weekend picnic.

A myriad of practical, workable options for a more sustainable way of life were demonstrated by the many folks living it.

Janet Christrup

Township 7

Job profiteers

Why do some Maine politicians keep talking about businesses as “job creators?”

Under capitalism, the purpose of a business is to make a profit. No business starts out or keeps on operating to create jobs.

So, don’t call them “job creators.” Call them “profiteers.”

Larry Dansinger



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