Thursday, May 22, 2013: Imported drugs, NRA and Americans-in-waiting

Posted May 22, 2013, at 12:50 p.m.

Business abroad

LD 449, if approved, would allow the importation of drugs into Maine and charge the Maine State Board of Pharmacy with the responsibility of traveling to sovereign nations in order to inspect drug supplies, manufacturing methods, record-keeping and purity of the drugs. They then have to assume it is going to be the same drug delivered to Maine residents in properly temperature-controlled trucks.

But LD 449 also allows importation from many nations, not just our friends in Canada.

Recently, counterfeiters have learned it is much more profitable to dilute very expensive drugs used for injection with water. These are drugs often used for cancer or rheumatoid arthritis.

The Food and Drug Administration has recorded several of these cases and publishes information about the dangers on its website.

Maybe our lawmakers should consider changing federal patent protection laws on drugs to conform to those of Canada, making the U.S. competitive with our neighbors rather than shipping our business abroad.

Dan Moellentin, associate professor pharmacology at Husson University, pharmacist at Eastern Maine Medical Center

Brewer

Senate fresh air

Despite cries to the contrary by those whose ultimate goal is the elimination of individual firearm ownership, the National Rifle Association is not just a glow-in-the-dark organization. What it is, and what policies it advocates for, are direct reflections of its large membership base and the support of millions of others who recognize the flim-flam strategies artificially presented as “solutions.”

Real solutions are available and could be implemented at the point at which those who bargain with subterfuge get serious about really making a difference. Last month’s Senate gun vote accurately mirrors the feelings of the American people who understand quite clearly and reject quite strongly, the subterfuge being presented by those for political and social reasons. These are arguments that have no basis in reality for the reduction of crime or carnage perpetrated by the criminally insane.

The recent vote in the Senate was truly the will of most citizens and is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise distorted, fallacious and dastardly attack upon freedom-minded Americans by the current administration in Washington, D.C.

Ken Fogelman

Franklin

Existing conditions

A couple of years before I was born, some people in St. George burned a cross on the grout pile less than five miles from where I now live. It is my understanding that the intent of the burning cross was to remind my father, and other paving cutters who had come here from Sweden, of their place.

Now, the policy and politics of immigration are much more sophisticated than they were in those days, and Americans-in-waiting are held back by legislation.

We can call upon Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, and Sen. Collins, R- Maine, to vote now for immigration reform that will make it easier for the newcomers who work in Maine fields and orchards to become American citizens.

Any American should be ashamed that conditions exist in Maine, and probably in other states, that make writing a letter like this necessary.

Robert Karl Skoglund

St. George

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