Saturday, August 3, 2013: The poor, taxes and corn

Posted Aug. 02, 2013, at 2:46 p.m.

‘Form a coalition’

In a recent meeting with Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew, she asked me to form a coalition; to become “many voices.”

The meeting was about alternative methods to treating opiate addiction here in the state of Maine. In attendance was Stephanie Nadeau, executive director of MaineCare as well as Dr. Joseph Py, corporate medical director of Discovery House. Mayhew maintained her perspective from a bird’s-eye view of providing accredited examples of success. My point was about the missing component of nutrition in the success of people’s exit into sustained recovery.

When I gave her the perspective of the fragmented person coming to us as providers for holistic recovery only to receive fragmented services, she said the concept resonated with her.

Those interested in a better solution, please call me to become a member of the coalition. The number is 944-3454.

Or, sign the petition at: www.gopetition.com/petitions/an-act-to-implement-alternatives-to-addiction-recovery.html.

 

Let’s get this going in the right direction.

Carolyn Rae

Dixmont

GOP and Jesus

Why do Republicans hate the poor? Why do they want to defund and veto any law that seeks to help the poor, dispossessed, the elderly, the sick and the needy? All major Christian moral and ethical precepts. All preached by Jesus and advocated in the Christian Gospels.

Yet, we have a Republican governor by the name of Paul LePage and Maine Christian Republicans who are working tirelessly to make sure that assistance to the poor and needy simply does not happen.

I challenge any Christian to show me where in the Synoptic Christian Gospels Jesus teaches that we should despise and throw aside the poor. Jesus’ whole message was to be mindful of the poor.

It would be wise for these poor-hating Christians to read the following passages in their Bibles when they go church on Sundays: Luke 6:20-21; Luke 2:16-19; Matthew 25:34-36; Mark 10:21-22; Mark 12:41-44; Luke 14:12-14; Luke 16:19-25; Luke 39:11-42; and Luke 12:16-21.

And then there is Matthew 19:24: “And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

What is it about this message that so perplexes Christian Republicans?

James Chasse

St Agatha

Governor BPA

My mind is filled with incredulity after reading of Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the bisphenol A labeling bill — LD 1181, otherwise known as the Healthy Kids Bill. I can only surmise that he is miffed at his recent second-place ranking among those listed as “worst governors in America” by a Washington, D.C., ethics group. This latest veto will surely move him up to his most-deserved spot as the No. 1 worst governor — ever.

Marsha Lyons

Mount Desert

Tower of Babel

Readers may have heard the radio ad supporting legalizing the 11 million illegal aliens in the country that asserts, among other things, that they must learn English.

That is one of the many misleading statements in the ads promoting the U.S. Senate’s immigration bill, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.”

They don’t have to learn English.

After being given legal status, Sec. 2102 of S.744 states they have to be “satisfactorily pursuing a course of study” of English. They do face the English language requirement 13 years later when they can take the test for citizenship, but even then, there is a loophole big enough to drive an 18-wheeler through.

The English language requirement is waived for someone who “is older than 50 years of age and has been living in the United States for periods totaling at least 20 years after being lawfully admitted for permanent residence,” according to the text of the bill.

There are two more exemptions.

Sec. 2551 exempts those with “physical or mental disability” and “persons who have received an award for engagement in active combat or active participation in combat.”

Bob Casimiro

Bridgton

Nonpartisan effort

The governor, through his budget proposal, suggested the largest tax increase in the history of Maine. He first had an income tax decrease passed in his first two years in office. Then in his second two-year budget he suggested that the only way to pay for that decrease was to eliminate revenue sharing with our municipalities, effectively raising the property taxes on every property owner in the state.

Now to be fair to the governor, he did say that the municipalities merely had to cut spending to avoid the tax increase. This would have entailed decreasing services to their citizens, cutting educational services to their children and cut all of that fat that the cities and towns were living on.

What we can be pleased with is the bipartisan budget that the Legislature passed to avoid most of the governor’s proposed property tax increase. In addition, there is the energy bill, that will go a long way in assisting economic development, not only in the form of jobs but by setting in place actions to decrease the cost of energy for us all.

What we need now is nonpartisan cooperation to move ahead.

Ken Huhn

Bangor

Ethanol gas

I am writing to express my extreme disappointment with Congress and Maine’s congressional delegation for not taking a stand against ethanol gas in this country. We are giving huge subsidies to corn growers, so it can be added to gas. This creates a worse and more costly gas product for all things that run on gas and drives up the price of all other corn products. The only winners are huge agribusinesses that are reaping hundreds of millions of dollars in tax-financed subsidies each year and the politicians who get campaign contributions from the same businesses.

Everybody with a small engine has or will have problems from this junk product we are forced to use. Lawn mowers, snow blowers, generators, weed whips, outboard engines, wood splitters, etc., all will have problems when using ethanol gas. We will spend a fortune on cleaning and replacing carburetors, hoses and gas tanks on small engines.

Some people say that ethanol gas is better for the environment, but this is not taking into account the thousands of gallons that people dump or spill on the ground every year while having to work on their equipment. Please, Congress, get real and do away with the corn in gas. Our gas, cereal, beef and other products would all be cheaper, and our equipment would run better.

Merle Cousins

Southwest Harbor

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