July 23 Letters to the Editor

Posted July 22, 2010, at 8:02 p.m.

Time for death penalty

Murder by gun, murder by stabbing, murder with rape, murder with child molestation, murder by strangulation and murder by drug overdose.

We’ve got murderers running all over the place, but fortunately, most of these people get caught.

What happens then? They get thrown in the pen for a bunch of years and we get to give them free room and board, free meals, free laundry and, most of all, free medical care.

It’s a great system for them, probably an up-tick in their usual routine. I say we should execute a few of these creatures and do us all a favor. Maybe that’ll make life around here a little more pleasant.

Doug Pooler

Dexter

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Give LePage support

I want to ask voters to consider that the election of Paul LePage as our next governor holds much promise for a change in the course of this state.

Mayor LePage will have my vote, but I must also vote for candidates for the Legislature who will be supportive of Paul’s efforts. In order to realize the future, as outlined by Mr. LePage, it is necessary to send as many of the people’s representatives who will not spend their time fighting the new governor but will work and legislate to improve the way Maine does business.

Numerous issues, current conditions, laws and regulations need to be examined, re-considered and altered or eliminated in order to create a fertile field for job creation and growth. Paul LePage, with a track record of doing just that, needs a supportive legislature. The voters will have the opportunity to do just that in November.

Please do not allow this opportunity to slip away.

Walt Huffman

Old Town

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Collins defects to Dems

Sen. Susan Collins is selling out her constituents and her party once again.

Shortly after Sen. Collins voted for the stimulus package, I had the opportunity to speak with Bobby Reynolds, her special assistant for military affairs and homeland security. At that time, Mr. Reynolds told me that Sen. Collins had received calls from her constituents at a ratio of four or five to one against the stimulus package. Mr. Reynolds said she voted for it because she knew more than I did and that she didn’t need to read the bill because she wrote it.

Since that time, Sen. Collins has voted against her party and with the Democrats on the financial regulation bill and is set to vote in favor of extending unemployment insurance from 99 weeks to 126 weeks. The Republican party is in favor of the extension but want it paid for from the unspent stimulus money. The Dems, and apparently Sen. Collins want to borrow more money.

I’ve about had enough of Sen. Collins, but then again, she does know more than I do. By the way, why did Sen. Collins, while writing the stimulus bill, include over $20 million to put up road signs saying the work was paid for with stimulus funds? Oh, I forgot, she knows more than I do.

Benjamin Redman

Marshfield

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Beware of consultants

Regarding the BDN’s July 20 article, “Police, Fire overtime questioned,” I urge Bangor to reconsider the idea of hiring an outside consultant.

Having recently retired after 27 years in law enforcement in New Jersey, this article was a flashback to the 1990s for me, when the city where I worked thought an outside consultant was the answer to curb overtime.

First, the consultant was a captain from a very small police department that couldn’t fathom the work load and dynamics of a larger, more urban department.

His suggestion was to basically gut the administrative sections of the department, demote command personnel and eliminate some investigative personnel for the sake of returning them all to patrol functions. The city followed his suggestions, and it created a complete debacle, which ultimately didn’t save the city a penny and actually caused numerous problems that the department didn’t have prior to hiring the consultant.

After all was said and done, all he accomplished was to walk away with tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars. The jobs of first-responders are unlike any other, and problems cannot be solved in the same manner as they would be in private industry.

The members of the finance committee will accomplish nothing other than to waste money by following this path.

Dan Stanicki

Monroe

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Arizona mirrors fed law

I have reason to question the integrity of the editorial board of the Bangor Daily News after “The Immigration Mess” editorial (July 19).

I have to wonder why it deliberately distorts the reasoning involved behind the law concerning illegal immigration that’s about to go into effect in Arizona. To paint the motives of the citizens of that state with this characterization: “Fear and hatred and political advantage have won out temporarily in Arizona. It’s new law criminalizes undocumented immigrants,” is unabashed hatred in itself.

The new law closely mirrors the federal law, which I might add, the federal government refuses to enforce. The Feds ask the good citizens of this country to disregard the kidnappings, murders and drug wars waged by people who, by virtue of entering this country illegally, are criminals already! The law will simply allow the police in Arizona to determine the legality of a person’s residence in this country by providing the same proof that you and I are asked for if we are caught speeding or running a red light. Somehow that’s categorized as “fear and hatred.”

I think the fear and hatred lies with the editorial board when you consider that most illegals are working for pitiful wages in a form of modern day slavery.

Jerry Bono

Norridgewock

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Apocalypse now

Socialist countries have failed throughout history. What makes this socialist country any different?

We are now 70 percent controlled and run by our government. Our national debt is more than $10 trillion and rising. The private sector has no confidence to spend money without being subsidized by government money.

Therefore, no jobs are being created without more government money.

Our only answer is to raise taxes to 60 percent or 70 percent of our total income. Most businesses will then be taken over by the government (the lucky ones, chosen ones), the others will try to claim unemployment benefits, which will continue to add to the burden. At that point, what is left of the private sector becomes a burden on a government that needs complete control to regulate every aspect of a failing country.

From there, it is an even faster slope to communism. Printing enough money to subsidize our economy may seem like a good idea now, it will keep us in a position to pay for our families, but the only place it can take us is a communist state.

The people that are bringing us in this direction call themselves progressives. Is it really progressive to have a majority of the people working for peanuts, as they do in China?

I need a more optimistic view of a country I once thought was the greatest in history.

Keith Blanchard

Dedham

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