If they had to fight
Last October I sent the following proposal to Sen. Snowe as candidate legislation for her to introduce for the prevention of senseless war in the future.
“A law needs to be passed that any legislator, in both Houses, that votes for going to war, must be required to serve in the front lines, with no exceptions, other than age as further described, for the full duration of the war. The law would apply to all Yea voters be they handicapped or not. If they can vote for others to serve then they can also serve. An age limit of 60 would be required but each legislator over 60, excused from serving active duty, would be required to substitute the nearest next of kin to serve, for the full duration of the war, in their stead.”
Her response was that she “shares my concern for the soldiers in Iraq.”
Our legislators do not listen to their constituents. If you agree with this idea, talk it up, pass it on and see if we can get something sensible to determine the truth of facts relating to legislative decisions to destroy other countries for years and years and years.
Fred H. Irons
Go, Gov. LePage
You recently printed an article about mayor LePage called “‘Hell-raising’ LePage vows cuts as Maine’s governor” in which you printed a quote from me. I said, “If he can tell the president to go to hell, he can probably get a lot done.”
I believe that. These pretty-boys in pretty suits with nice smiles sure didn’t do too awfully much. These war veterans sure didn’t do too great.
Frankly, I don’t care that Paul LePage was poor, or that he was abused. I don’t care that he was mayor of Waterville. I care about what he does with those experiences. I don’t want to hear what could become excuses for major mistakes in the future. I do see in him that he is independent, and knows what is right and knows what he wants and is willing to fight for it.
He may be a wee bit brutally outspoken, but I’d rather have the cold honest truth that may offend some people, than sugar-coated lies that hurt and destroy the lives of the people who trust their leaders.
He sticks out from the rest, in sort of a rebellious way, and I think he has a chance to make things right. You have the chance, Gov. LePage. Don’t abuse the privilege.
I agree with James Scroggy (letters, Jan. 7) that the GOP is a political party based on deception.
A perfect example that the party does not care for the middle and lower class is the Bush-Cheney tax cuts, which allow two-thirds of U.S. corporations to pay no federal income taxes and 68 percent of foreign companies doing business here in this country to avoid corporate taxes altogether while these companies reported high profits, according to a study by the Government Accountability Office. The IRS also reported that the wealthiest segment of the population paid no U.S. income taxes at all.
The Republicans are dedicated to repealing health care and Wall Street reform, restoring the worst abuses of insurance companies and reopening the loopholes that banks used to bring down our entire economy including the destruction of Social Security.
The motto of the Republican Party should be “feed the rich, tax the poor.”
Dee C. Brown Jr.
Looking for trouble
The resent events in Arizona point out the desperate need for some level of gun control. Our forefathers never envisioned a handgun that could shoot 20 or 30 rounds faster than you can blink.
I keep hearing the gun people say that “guns don’t kill, people do.”
Since guns have no independent power of thought, clearly we as a society need to control who gets them and limit their availability to the general public.
My grandfather used to tell me that if an honest person wants a gun to protect himself he should carry a shotgun for all the honest world to see.
This idea of everyone carrying a concealed weapon is just looking for trouble.
Paul LePage was sworn in as governor of Maine. Though he was not the individual I voted for, I was determined to support and respect the office LePage holds. Though I promise to respect the office and the will of the majority, I felt the need to convey a major concern.
During LePage’s inaugural speech he said: “It is time to make state government accountable. It is time to deliver value. It is time to put people first.”
Maine’s unemployment rate as of October 2010 was 6.7 percent. If you ask any Mainers, they will tell you the biggest problem facing the state and the country is the unemployment rate. Yet, Paul LePage has made it quite clear in the days that he has been in office that he is seeking the repeal of health care.
If Maine did not wish to support the health care bill already passed, then its majority would not have re-elected both Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud, who both voted in favor of the bill.
In recent years, America has seen legislative gridlock that has retarded progress. It is time to focus on the real problems facing Maine and the rest of the country. We cannot allow our country to remain in lawmaking limbo.
Guns make it easy
A politician talking on one of the major TV networks insisted that guns do not make people kill. He said it was hatred against groups or individuals that make people kill people. There is truth in that, but guns make killing easy.
People will say that knives, hatchets, clubs, poison and strong hands also kill people. Yes they do, but nowhere as easily or risk free as using guns. Only a gun will let you mow down dozens of people and do it from a distance, so you can run or drive away from the crime scene.
Last year, 9,500 people were murdered in the United States. In all of the European countries, Asia and Canada the average number of murders was just over 250. That statistic should make us realize the tremendous influence the NRA lobbyists have had on our legislators.
Bangor news flash
In the news in 2010: Bangor property tax rate rises. In the news last week: Bangor council considers a trash surcharge. This week: City of Bangor considering storm water runoff fee.
All this, as millions sit in a slush fund for an arena we can hardly afford. There is something very wrong with this picture.