LETTERS

Monday, April 7, 2014: Public health nurses, Maine’s bad roads, lobster economics

Posted April 06, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.

Don’t understand

Among the many things I don’t understand:

Why a bath towel, used once, should be put in the dirty-clothes hamper.

Why sexual orientation is considered by some as a decision, not a discovery.

Why elections aren’t considered the best and only way to limit terms in office. Surprisingly, some politicians are honest and effective. Why force them out?

Why anyone would suggest to a physician that she or he prescribe a drug advertised on television, when the ad took longer to describe the potential dangerous side effects than to describe the benefits of the drug.

Why rich companies whose people break laws are fined, and poor people who break laws are jailed.

Charlie Cameron

Addison

Support public health nurses

Public health nurses have been serving Maine people for 94 years with respect and compassion. We partner with communities, families and individuals to promote healthier lifestyle choices.

I am not representing my employer, but these are my observations.

I have concerns because vacant public health nurse positions are going unfilled, and we are being asked to take on increasing responsibilities and very large geographic areas. Gov. Paul LePage’s Maine Office of Policy and Management has recommended that the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee cut $500,000 from our program. A cut of that magnitude would put further strain on the quality services that public health nurses provide.

The nurses provide services in a variety of ways. Some examples include: adult health services, breast feeding support, communicable disease control, children with special health care needs, growth and development assessment and monitoring, lead poisoning case management, newborn and infant assessments, parenting support and prenatal education, refugee and migrant health services, tuberculosis control and case management. We provide services to schools for vision and hearing as well as immunizations. We are trained in emergency preparedness, so when our state faces a disaster, we are ready to help.

We are asking for people to speak to their legislators about instances in which a public health nurse has made a positive influence in their lives and urge them to adequately fund our program.

Cindy Look

Gardiner

Political potholes

I see this morning that Maine’s own independent 1 percenter candidate for governor has discovered potholes. Well! We’ve now heard from the candidate without municipal- and state-level governmental experience.

In the last four weeks a project has taken me to many Hancock County municipalities. I have traveled all of Routes 1, 1A, and 15, and most of Routes 3, 166, 172, 175, 176, 177, 182, 185, 199 and 200.

— Travel time? Plus 50 percent. Speed? Down 50 percent. Two weeks ago, my Honda Insight’s protective undercar shield was literally peeled back by a relatively small but water-filled pothole!

— Driving some stretches of road is like skiing moguls.

— Berms are sometimes higher than the modest crown in the center of the road, but in between both berms and the crown are long, parallel depressions in the road bed showing huge cracks and ravaged pavement.

— Mainers are used to puddles on the sides of road, but construction flaws are producing puddles in the middle of our roads!

— Improperly prepared and placed culverts cause the savage troughs and bumps that shatter our spines and compromise our kidneys.

Our current “governor” has been holding highway bonds hostage to his other “agendas.” Eliot Cutler shows his opportunism in finally speaking to the third-world character of Maine’s roads.

Democrat Mike Michaud, on the other hand, has had the relevant multi-level government experience to address the complex and long-term issue facing us, and he addressed it in his comprehensive economic proposals released months ago.

Hendrik Gideonse

Brooklin

Grads in Maine

This is in response to Liam Nee’s BDN OpEd titled, “What’s in it for a college graduate to stay in Maine?” First of all, this is a very old question. This was an issue long before I graduated from high school in 1991.

Second, in all of this time, guess what, absolutely nothing has been done about it. (Get off your rear ends, Augusta, and create some jobs!)

Third, Nee did not mention perhaps the most disappointing circumstance that happens when our young people leave Maine for better opportunities. When they decide they miss home and want to come back, they take away the higher-level jobs from the folks who have stayed here and fought, sacrificed and worked hard all along just to stay here.

I have scrambled, pinched and saved, gave up many things and worked more than one job just to stay in my home state, only to have a “native from away” come back and take my promotion! Because I had not left Maine, I was considered not educated or experienced enough. I have a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Husson and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Maine. I was forced to teach the “knowledgeable and experienced native from away” everything from scratch when I had 13 years experience.

The same thing happened to my brother and many other folks I know. I say, if the young folks want to be cowards and turn tail and run when facing a difficult situation, then perhaps we are all better off if they leave the state! I say goodbye and good riddance.

Melinda St. Peter

Brewer

Fuel and bait

There seems to be a lot of talk about the low lobster prices and large catches and price of fuel and bait.

These fishermen are catching twice as many lobsters for half the money. They are using the same amount of fuel and baiting the same number of traps. The only one that is working harder is the stern person, who has to deal with twice as many lobsters and doesn’t get paid more.

This low price thing hasn’t seemed to bother the bigger boats being built with bigger engines.

Then the latent license thing. What seems to be the problem? Use it or lose it. There are a lot of people who would like a shot at this lobster glut and low prices before they are gone. Or is that the plan?

Whitey Carpenter

Bar Harbor

 

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