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Monday, June 3, 2013: Medicaid, US jobs

Legion salute

For more than 36 years, members of Lee Graham Post 97 American Legion in Howland have visited nine cemeteries in the area to honor deceased veterans who have served our country. This year’s parade began at the Howland Park, with Sen. Emily Cain, D-Orono, placing a wreath at the Howland memorial, proceeding to the Howland Bridge where Rep. Jeff Gifford, R-Lincoln, placed a wreath into the Piscataquis River, then to the American Legion Mini Park.

The Penobscot Valley High School Band played the “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the American Flag was raised to full staff. The Howland Fire Department sounded the fire siren for one minute in tribute to the fallen firemen and policemen who perished on September 11, 2001.

John Neel


Support LD 1546

When I was a child, my mother used to say if I had my health I had everything. At such a young age, I am certain I did not fully appreciate the wisdom of those words.

A bill in the Maine Legislature, LD 1546, the Medicaid expansion bill, could have helped ensure the health of many Maine people who do not have health insurance. These are people who possess the characteristics frequently attributed to Mainers — hard-working and honest.

Don’t the people of the state of Maine who trusted Gov. Paul LePage by electing him to office to serve the people deserve access to health care?

Certainly there are many other issues facing our state, such as availability of good-paying jobs that allow Mainers to support their families and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. However, an unhealthy workforce is not attractive to employers. So, these two go hand in hand.

Readers may have heard that the governor feels it is a priority for Maine to pay its bill to the hospitals. The Medicaid expansion bill did this and would have provided coverage for some Mainers who do not have health insurance. It is hard to understand why the governor and any Maine legislator or senator would oppose this.

Mary Tedesco-Schneck


Governor grade

As a recently returned Peace Corps volunteer, I was very disappointed in hearing that Gov. Paul LePage gave my alma mater an F.

The school prepared me very well for life, and I am confident in saying that it prepared me for one of the hardest jobs in life, that is the Peace Corps. I think LePage deserves an F-.

Ian Carey


Charity begins at home

I applaud Sen. Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd District, in their efforts to “buy American.”

For national security and employment, these jobs should be here in the U.S. If it had not been for General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and other American manufacturers in World War II, building the armament, we would not be a free country today.

Besides supplying our brave troops, we furnished arms to England in a big way, and also sent arms to to Russia. President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed our manufacturing facilities “the arsenal of Democracy.”

When America was forced to enter the war, Germany had overrun much of Europe, and Japan had conquered much of the Pacific. Radio Toyko announced that the Japanese people could look forward to a triumphant march through New York City and London, England.

Alas, many of the politicians in Washington seemed to forget that our vehicle manufactures were once the difference between life and death for the free world. Thankfully enough cooler heads prevailed, and General Motors and Chrysler were saved from going out of business.

I feel good whenever I see an American brand of cars and trucks on the road. Whenever possible, we should support all American manufacturers. America to me, is the most generous country in history in helping the world’s poor, but when it comes to manufacturing charity should begin at home.

Bob Tweedie


Where does this end?

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee changed his affiliation to the Democratic Party, stating, “The agenda of the Republican Party changed and became more about disparity of wealth and the gap between the wealthy and the powerful.”

Former Republican presidential candidate and highly respected legislator for reaching across the aisle, Bob Dole, said he would not be welcome in the present day Republican Party and that he doubted that former presidents Ronald Reagan or Richard Nixon would as well. All three of these men are and were, in my opinion, considered to be moderately conservative.

Gov. Paul LePage vetoes a bill to pay back the hospital debt paid by issuing bonds and to expand Medicaid to cover thousands of additional Mainers. He said, “Expanding Medicaid? … That’s being run from Washington. Are you that naïve that you don’t realize who is pulling the strings?”

The governor then claims censorship when he flaunts the rules of the Legislature by putting a 42-inch television outside of his office, saying to the press, “The minute we start stifling our speech, we might as well go home, roll up our sleeves and get our guns out.”

We have an uncompromising governor who is out of control, making incendiary remarks, ignoring the will of his constituents and abandoning our poor and needy citizens. It is just unfortunate that Maine doesn’t have a recall law because we certainly have a governor who should be ousted from his office.

Mark D. Roth


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