Lower truck weights

Recently, all Maine residents were ignored by the high and mighty federal government on a request to continue using its federal roads for our heavy trucks. They (the heavy trucks) go through downtown Freeport, Bangor and other small, non-interstate roads because of federal weight limits.

Now is the time for “we the people” to take charge and remove this 10-ton monkey off our backs. Our state government needs to lower the road weigh limits down to 80,000 pounds instead of the current 100,000 pounds. Then all trucks can use the federal interstate and not U.S. 1, Routes 3, 9, 17, etc. to haul their cargo.

It hasn’t helped to complain to the feds, so it’s now time to call our governor, state senators and state reps to save our community roads from this unnecessary truck traffic.

Maine, the way life should be? Maybe so, if we live life with 20,000 pounds less truck weight on our highways.

Neil Farrington



LePage wasting money

As a candidate who ran on fiscal responsibility and a promise to cut spending, why is it that one of the very first things that Gov. Paul LePage has decided to do is to spend $400,000 on a suit against the federal government? And it is a suit against long overdue health care provider reform that, in the very least, will prevent subscribers from losing coverage for pre-existing conditions along with removing the lifetime cap on coverage received.

With the many things that he stated during the campaign that need fixing, such as paying the state’s Medicaid liabilities to Maine hospitals, why would he want to embroil the state in a suit that will end up wasting much needed funds, time and energy?

What law allows him to take the entire state on such a course? I, for one, do not want to hear Maine mentioned in this suit, nor do I want my tax dollars spent this way.

George Molinski Jr.



Remarkable service

We note the Jan. 4 BDN OpEd column by Anne Weiss of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation lauding the “Maine health reform sets national examples.”

I remember when Gov. John Baldacci assigned Trish Riley the task of improving Maine Health Care across the board. The heavy lifting by Ms. Riley has caused the laudable results commended by others in a position to know the real value of her work.

Congratulations and thanks are due her for this very significant achievement and to Gov. Baldacci for recognizing and appointing such a remarkable public servant.

John Lyman



Against God’s law

John Baldacci not only had courage to sign a gay rights bill into law, he had to go against God’s principle of how man is supposed to conduct himself (Jan. 1 editorial, “The Baldacci Report Card”).

He had to go against God’s moral law. He caused more people to become immoral.

Nelson Bolstridge

Portage Lake


Amazing story

The story about Philomena Baker was amazing. She had a strong and determined mother and family to ensure they survived the terrible years of World War II. Philomena must appreciate every moment she has lived in the United States.

More stories should be printed for all to read about the wonderful land of America.

Madeline Clay



Reform Senate rules

Over the last couple of years we’ve witnessed a dysfunctional Senate and a sluggish judiciary — the result of the abuse of the filibuster. Democrats are currently proposing a set of common-sense changes for the new Senate that will go toward reforming the filibuster rule and streamlining the nation’s business and our court system.

I urge readers to contact Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and tell them to support this effort to address the country’s business and stop tying things up in Senate procedure.

Andrew East



Open for business?

In the BDN’s Jan. 5 State section there was a picture of a sign that said, “Open for Business.” The caption stated that it was made by a company in Texas.

On the front page of the Jan. 7 BDN, a portion of a headline stated, “to take care of Mainer’s first.”

What are we to think? Are we trying to lure a Texas sign maker to Maine?

Are there no sign makers in Maine? Nice start guys. Real nice.

George Fogg