Purpose of Memorial Day
Every year we have a day when we stop to honor those men and women who served or who now serve our country in the military. It is a day for U.S. citizens to say thanks to those who gave so much. That day is Veterans Day. However, the special day we have set aside for those individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country is Memorial Day. Please, honor the vets on Veterans Day and don’t dilute the solemn meaning of Memorial Day. Honor those who have died for this country on Memorial Day.
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Delay job cuts
People of Millinocket should come to a town meeting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, to voice their opinion on saving or eliminating jobs. I’m not sure we are doing the right thing in finalizing the elimination of jobs when everything with the mills is up in the air. If things turn around for the town, it will then be too late for these employees. Let’s plug the holes in the boat before we throw people out and find that we threw them out too early and we didn’t need to. During the last town meeting after the people spoke about the budget, only one councilor of seven spoke. The one who spoke said he wanted to do what was financially responsible and best for the town. The easy way is to just eliminate people; that is not financial responsibility, nor is it best for the town. I believe some councilors have forgotten they work for the people. The mill is requesting an abatement. They want us to give back $1.1 million. Part of this give-back should be the $35,000 to $44,000 the councilors want to spend on a walking trail that property owners do not want. Save the taxpayers this money. I would be willing to pay a little more in my tax bill to save these jobs. The amount will be $6.25 per month for a home assessed at $50,000. I would pay a little more to save a lot.
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LePage for president
We should encourage Paul LePage to run for president of the United States in 2012. He would be entering a weak Republican field and based on his philosophies and actions to date, he would bring something different to that cast of politicos. He wouldn’t be totally unknown. He already has national recognition via The Rachel Maddow Show, The Colbert Report and the New York Times Editorial Page, for example. Let’s rally. Contact your influential conservative friends who can start the ball rolling. Contact your neighbors. Contact your friends in the cloud. Get all of the devices and social networks humming. Draft Paul LePage for president. Even if not mandated by law, our grass roots support plan will require that he resign as governor of Maine so that he can devote full time to his presidential bid. I haven’t looked into the succession laws for Maine’s governorship, but …
Dale M. Richardson
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New law lacks numbers
In the aftermath of the rush to pass the Republican health care bill one aspect has been somewhat passed over. This law was passed without analysis from the Bureau of Insurance. The Maine Bureau of Insurance is charged with reviewing the numbers (the facts) of any proposed rate increase. Anthem recently filed for yet another rate increase and the bureau had it reviewed by actuaries, held public hearings, met with Anthem and cut the rate request from 9.7 percent to 5.2 percent based on the numbers. Anthem’s higher rate request is based on assumptions and projections and Anthem wants a rate increase that will cover the worst case scenarios. The bureau’s ruling saved Maine ratepayers $3 million and still left Anthem a net profit of $600,000 on this one line of insurance. Under the law just passed, if a future rate request is under 10 percent, there will be no rate review. The superintendent of insurance resigned rather than implement LD 1333. So beyond a law that was passed without adequate review and input that pits rural Maine versus urban Maine, that adversely impacts many rural hospitals and places more costs on small businesses and the elderly, you have the reality of no rate review.
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I would just like to let people in on a few facts about the big rock in Hanover (“Rock driving a wedge between Hanover community,” BDN, May 19). First, the rock is on town property, and the town is being forced to hire and pay for a lawyer to defend their property rights. Second, the LaForests agreed to the rock remaining to get their permit and then started whining about it after their home was built. Third, they could easily have used the rock and placement of their septic system to move the home away from the rock and closer to the water. Fourth, there are so many safety issues on this pond road — one lane, blind driveways, zero visibility corners — if we were going to spend money on improvements, the rock would not even be on the list. Last but not least, my understanding is that if you want something changed after you are issued your permit, you must request an amendment to your permit before you begin building. I would think that the contractor-planning board member would know that. My problem with this whole situation is not the sentimental memories; it’s about the money the town will now be forced to spend on a lawyer as the LaForests have obtained one to fight this.
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Camping trip for six
The news services are reporting that Rev. Camping was wrong about the date of the rapture. But are we sure of that? What if Camping was correct, and on Saturday, God looked down from heaven and across the planet and found only a half dozen genuine Christians, and He raptured them, just as Camping said? The rest of us, including Rev. Camping, have been left behind. The population of the planet is about seven billion. If six suddenly went missing, one from here, another from there, a few more from who knows where, would it make the news?
Mary Margaret Kayle