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Nov. 4 Letters to the Editor

Do-not-call list

I am annoyed each election season at receiving robocalls from all the political campaigns. They often call several times a day, even after being asked to remove my name and number from their calling list.

The previous election, the RNC called seven times within an hour. They even called back after being asked not to call and began laughing when the phone was answered, thus telling me they are intentionally harassing the citizens they are trying to influence.

I feel it is time to end the exemption to the national do-not-call list which Congress has given itself. If repeated calls and recorded messages are not allowed for telemarketers, why is it allowed for political parties which abuse it even more?

Seeing that our elected officials have only ignored requests on this problem, perhaps it is time for a grassroots campaign to have this law changed. If every citizen in the country would write to their congressional delegates, then they would see that we mean business.

Douglas Bacon



Mistreated soldiers

I saw a very disturbing picture of an American soldier lying on the floor of the Bangor airport sleeping that my cousin had taken while waiting for a flight back home to Tennessee. This was taken the third week of October 2010. I understand that the soldiers were in Bangor for a couple of days while waiting for their plane to be repaired.

This sickens me that our soldiers are sleeping on floors when there is a hotel nearby. Is that really how we repay them for all their sacrifices for us? I am so ashamed to think that we Americans treat them like that.

My son, son-in-law, nephew and cousins have all served and done time in Iraq, and I was heartbroken when I looked at that picture. Shame on us!

Theresa Schmidt



Shame on 60 Plus

Political ads were mailed to my home daily before the election. I realize that negative campaigning is a fact of life but there are some that go over the top and need to be addressed.

I particularly resent a flier from 60 Plus Association, an organization which AARP calls a front group for the pharmaceutical industry.

It’s ironic that this lobbyist group for a multimillion-dollar industry sends a warning of an “Obamaville” in our future with photos that seem to be from the Great Depression era.

The roots of the Depression include ill-regulated markets that permitted unrealistic loans by banks and investors and a growing wealth inequality between the rich and poor. Social programs created by the government, including Social Security, were attempts to pull us out of the Depression.

Also, it is beyond irresponsible to say the Obama administration is responsible for the current economic disaster. The Bush era spiraled us to where we are now, but it began earlier. Deregulation and corporate greed over the past four decades helped put us here. It’s going to take more than a couple of years to dig out.

Shame on 60 Plus, which supported a lawsuit by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America against the state of Maine for daring to try to pass a law that would reduce prices for Medicare drugs by allowing the state to buy in bulk directly from manufacturers.

Sandra Piechocki



Spendthrift hyenas

Every two years, millions of dollars are spent on political campaigns.

In the 2008 presidential campaign, this figure exceeded $1 billion. And I didn’t get a nickel of it. Neither did you!

In January, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations could spend unlimited amounts on advertising for candidates, and these corporations know it will be money well spent, no matter who is elected. As corporations increase their political power, our vote becomes less and less relevant. But does our voting have any relevance anyway?

Political candidates from every party run on platforms promising to correct the problems generated by all previously elected politicians. Yet every two years we endure months of campaign lies and mudslinging, then venture to the polls to vote, if for no other reason, hoping they will shut up. The only candidates worth hearing do not receive corporate or media support, and rarely, if ever, get elected. It’s a perplexing dilemma — to vote or not to vote. Voting only seems to encourage these spendthrift hyenas, who, when elected, do nothing for our health or welfare. Perhaps the best we can do is to seek out, support and vote for candidates most ignored by the media.

Les Simon



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