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Jan. 20 Letters to the Editor

Back health reform

As a registered nurse working in rural Down East Maine, I experience the health care crisis every day and know that the time for reform is now, not at some vague point in the future after Congress has “taken time” to further study the issue. Allowing everyone access to affordable, quality health care has been around in some countries for more than 120 years; the idea of universal health care and how to achieve it has been debated in this country since at least 1912. We know what to do; now we just need to do it.

Sen. Snowe asks, “What’s the rush?” My reply is, why stall and delay? It’s well overdue. Delaying is a fraudulent technique so as a Republican she can stop reform.

Colleagues of my family and mine have recently endured the cruelty of health insurance requiring one to be completely impoverished before any long-term care can be managed by government-sponsored programs. The financial games played with lives, as seen in the huge increases in Anthem’s health care demands, underscores the inherent unfairness of the health care system.

This madness must stop. I urge our two senators to vote for health care reform when it comes before them this month.

Cliff Vaux, RN



2 reasons for reform

I have worked as a nurse for 24 years at the Down East Community Hospital in Machias. Last fall, I lost the man who was my husband for 20 years, from a heart attack. He had had multiple surgeries and battled with high blood pressure and hypertension his entire life. Throughout our marriage, he was able to receive health care through my employer. Since our divorce, he had been unable to find affordable health care on his own and often went without the medications he needed to be healthy.

I’m now in a similar situation with regard to my two children, 19- and 21-years-old. They live on their own and are no longer covered by my insurance plan. As was the case with my husband, I feel helpless to help the people I most love. They are both strong, hard-working men who make their living on the water and in the woods. I don’t have to tell anyone about the hazards of cutting wood and hauling traps.

It is now that my sons most urgently need access to health care. I’m certain that the irregularity of my husband’s access to health care shortened his life.

A provision in the health care bill will allow children to remain on their parents’ insurance plan until they are at least 26. For this reason and for the improved access to health care for more than 30 million people, I fully support the bill.

Stacey Dorr

Columbia Falls


Deport illegals

I am writing to make people aware of how this country used to work, and how if done again, could open up thousands of jobs. In many countries, illegals are jailed; here we feed, clothe them, supply housing and medical care.

Years ago, our country thought differently.

President Hoover ordered the deportation of all illegal aliens to make jobs available for Americans.

President Truman deported over 2 million illegals after World War II to create jobs for veterans.

President Eisenhower deported 13 million Mexican nationals to provide jobs for Americans. The program was called “Operation Wetback.”

I think it’s time once again to do it, to not only create jobs but to save the money being spent on illegal aliens.

Stephen S. Torrey



Change is relative

Once again we see the tactics of the Democratic National Committee come into play to gain the favor it requires to pass its albatross of a health bill. The latest lottery winners are union members who will not be required to pay the tax on the “Cadillac” plans they are so fortunate to receive.

The Democratic Party has continued to display its complete disregard for President Obama’s call for change in the way politics are practiced in Washington and yet this same president appears very comfortable as long as things are going his way. I wonder if, as many pundits are claiming, there is a sizable shift in Congress next year and the president doesn’t find the sailing quite so smooth, will he sit back. Or will we then hear about how politics have gone awry and the time for change is now?

Gregory Bouchard



Grinding news

At first glance at the front page of the Jan. 13 BDN, I couldn’t help but laugh. It seems that grinding at my high school is way more important than the earthquake that just occurred in Haiti. I guess the millions of people that were drastically affected by this earthquake aren’t “front page worthy,” but instead school administrators who like to display their students as “sex-crazed teenagers” get a whole pointless story on the front page.

Seriously people, have you lost your priorities?

Being a student at BHS, I know that I and the rest of the student body feel absolutely embarrassed about this issue. The students who do actually grind (which is not even half of the people who do go to dances) should be suspended from school dances, and not the entire school.

I would bet anything that some of the surrounding schools are far worse than BHS at their dances, and my high school now has a horrible reputation.

I’m very disappointed at my school administration for making this issue more than it should be, and it’s nice to see that starting off the new year everyone got their priorities straightened out.

Kaitlin Drake



Father knows best

It should not be the responsibility of the school to regulate the behavior of students at a dance, but since parents have neglected their responsibilities to their children, such is the case. You want to see “grinding,” the practice of boys crouched over the buttocks of their female partners, come to a swift end? Have the dances chap-eroned by the fathers of the attending girls. Better still, make those fathers retired Marines.

It sounds like the faculty at Bangor High School is the only contingent showing common sense.

Richard Glueck



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