Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012: Bonds, ads and health care

Posted Oct. 31, 2012, at 5 p.m.

Important investments

Thanks to the BDN for its editorial support for Questions 3 and 5, recognizing the value of the bonds for Land for Maine’s Future and clean water and sewer infrastructure. And Questions 2 and 4, for the university and community colleges.

All the bonds make important investments for Maine’s long-term future and over the next few years will support hundreds of needed jobs.

Christopher St. John

Brunswick

Democrats for Cynthia Dill

In 1972 I registered as a Democrat and voted for the first time, for the late George McGovern. The recent passing of that great Democrat brought back memories of the idealism and the excitement of those times. Now, I often wonder what has happened to that Democratic party, as we seem to have lost the courage of our convictions.

In 2012, Maine Democrats have the opportunity to send Cynthia Dill, a young, aggressively progressive woman to the U.S. Senate. Instead, through some seeming telepathic group-think, we Democrats seem to have decided that the not-so-young independent Angus King, a right-leaning, 1 percenter is a better choice, not because of his stand on the issues, but because we telepathically agreed he could beat Republican Charlie Summers.

If we Democrats are serious about initiating the changes that will enable our nation to be the kind of society that we have always professed to want, then we need to have the courage that our convictions are electable. We need to elect the candidate who most accurately reflects our collective values. For this old Democrat, that candidate is not King. That candidate is Dill.

I hope my fellow Democrats will consider casting their ballot for the candidate that we, as Democrats, would all prefer to have represent our state. Remember the “they can’t win” philosophy is a self-fulfilling one. Stop the trend of sending the same corporate party members to Congress year after year.

John Squibb

Eastport

Vote for Question 4

The Maine Transit Association urges voters to support Question 4. In addition to money to fix our roads and bridges, the transportation bond includes $2 million to help replace Maine’s aging fleet of transit buses and vans. That $2 million investment will also possibly bring an additional $9 million federal match, giving us a total of $11 million to invest.

Currently almost a third of the publicly operated buses are in either critical or scrap condition and need replacing. Many people around the state rely on these buses for their transportation daily. Without them, getting to work, the doctor, the store, school, church or visiting with friends and family is not possible.

Paul Murphy

Bar Harbor

Remember the past

It is remarkable to see so many Mitt Romney signs on the lawns of the poorest in our communities. How can so many people be so unaware that the same people who brought us the terrible years of former President George W. Bush are funding Romney?

Promoting the rich, eliminating the middle class and forgetting the poor with endless war and financial fraud is their plan.

Shouldn’t we remember the past?

Nancy Allen

Brooksville

Most important election

I agree with David Estey (BDN, 10/16) that this coming election is the most important one in our lifetime.

A Mitt Romney victory will be catastrophic for the average American, as the Republican slogan is “feed the rich and tax the poor.”

Dee C. Brown Jr.

Bangor

Vote for care

Obamacare is the pivotal election issue for my family. We spent nightmare years trying to find individual health care insurance for a family member with a severe mental illness. We faced pre-existing condition exclusions, lifetime limits, restrictive annual limits on inpatient and outpatient treatment and outrageously unaffordable premium “options” for adequate mental health coverage. Unlike most large-group policies, there was no “parity” protection in these individual policies for even the most severe biologically-based mental illnesses.

Contrast this with fully-implemented Obamacare: No lifetime or annual limits, no pre-existing condition exclusion, affordable premiums and, at long last, mental health benefits at the same level as any other “physical” illness. No longer will individuals battling crippling illnesses be unassisted in their search for affordable and appropriate medical insurance.

In 2010 a miracle (I do not use this word lightly) occurred for my family member when Dirigo reopened enrollment for eligible individuals. The coverage under Dirigo has been wonderful in every way, but this lifesaving program is being phased out by the current state administration. Our hope is Obamacare. Do the politicians who want to dismantle Obamacare understand the suffering and desperation they are creating and the cruel impact their words of destruction have on so many of us?

By his advocacy for the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama has shown the compassion and courage of a true leader. He has defended the most basic human right. The right to health care is ultimately the right to life. We are proud to vote for Obama.

Catherine Raymaker

Ellsworth

Don’t believe the TV lies

I know Republican Charlie Summers. He is not the person depicted on all these negative TV ads. He is a great father and family man like a lot of us are. He is an honest, hardworking man with a small business background and a middle class family. He is a military veteran and a class act.

When we wanted to introduce Maine’s first ever Gold Star Family License Plate, Charlie helped immeasurably. It would not exist today without his help. He didn’t just support our annual tribute run for our fallen heroes, he ran in it multiple times — and not just in this election year. He knows “our” problems and has solutions to help us. He particularly understands our veterans and our military community, having served himself in Iraq and Afghanistan. I guarantee that he does not: walk with big business, sponsor legislation to ship jobs overseas, want to raise taxes on the middle class or support tax breaks for oil companies.

Aren’t you tired of TV propaganda and scare tactics? It’s just plain not true. I know Summers wants the best education possible for our children and has gone against his own party on women’s rights. He is not a Tea Party extremist or a 1 percenter. He will make a fantastic senator who will fight for all of us. Join me on Nov. 6 and cast your vote for a man who genuinely cares about our state and our country.

John Mixon

Ogunquit

Vote no on 1

The article in the BDN about Treworgy farms reinforces my reason for voting no on Question 1. Bangor and Portland can come out in support of gay marriage, and there is nothing. A small family business comes out against it, and all hell breaks loose.

The gay movement is nothing more than a bully movement. If you do not agree they will punish you with lawsuits or intimidation. They want to stop free speech and personal expression if it does not agree with them. If you are a business that favors gay marriage, then great. If you are not, then there will be a great outcry from a minority.

If you have a business today that does not want to cater to gay marriage then you can not do business with them, but after the gay marriage law passes you will be subjected to lawsuits and do-or-die business decisions. Just writing this brings fear of retribution.

R. Scott Jellison

Hermon

Against hostility

I have tried all day to come up with words to express my reaction to the boycott of Gary Treworgy’s business by his customers who oppose his stand on same-sex marriage. I have decided that my most appropriate reaction is to quote from one of the messages he

received from a customer who supports Question 1. This customer (now apparently a former customer) of the Treworgy business wrote: “Hopefully lost profits will teach you to be tolerant and respectful in future business dealings.”

Tolerant? Respectful? Does that mean that the Treworgy family does not have the right to take an open stand on a public issue?

Those who disagree with Treworgy’s position on Question 1, do a little objective research on what liberalism really means. While they’re at it, they should rethink the constitutional right of freedom of speech.

The father of liberalism in American politics, Thomas Jefferson, wrote: “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal, hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” What would Jefferson have thought about the persecution of the Treworgy family by those who cannot tolerate different opinions than their own?

Hal Wheeler

Bangor

Cast vote for Gratwick

If it were not so unbearably tragic, it would be funny to watch the Republican Party-funded television advertisements rail vacuously against our thoughtful local statesman Democrat Geoff Gratwick. It is true that at his core he has humanitarian leanings that some would label pejoratively as liberal tendencies.

The fact is, Gratwick is anything but a spendthrift Dr. Taxes. While on the city council he was fiscally conservative. He did not support a wide array of wants and worked hard, with success, to stem the tide of tax increases. Gratwick supports affordable healthcare, not just because it is humane, but because it will, in the end, cost less.

Currently, those who pay for health insurance bear the indirect cost of those who either dodge the responsibility or can’t afford it. Gratwick rightly points out on his website that the most expensive care is deferred care that has escalated to a state of emergency, and we need to staunch the human and fiscal waste.

Gratwick supports a strong education system. This is a critical investment, not wanton spending. A strong public education system made America great, but we have slipped of late. A reinvestment in education will make us more productive at home and competitive worldwide. Gratwick is the polar opposite of the unrecognizable character depicted in the ridiculous out-of-state funded ads. Let us not be fooled by those who would insult our intelligence.

Join me in casting your vote to the thoughtful candidate who does his math and stands tall on principle.

Jean Deighan

Bangor

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