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Letters for Friday, Sept. 2: College students at work, Iraq’s riches

Logging debate thought

Be careful what you wish for: Over the years I have read statements in the BDN made by many of Maine’s governors, including our good Gov. Paul LePage, concerning the need for foreign labor.

After reading the BDN’s article “LePage comments on logging stir debate in the County,” I have rethought the issue and conclude that foreign labor might be needed. It might also serve us best if next time we elect a prime minister. He might do the right thing.

Hilton Hafford


No support for college students

My 19-year-old granddaughter just lost her job. Her employer told her that she had to choose between working and going to college.

Initially there was no attempt to work around her class schedule. Then the employer set her up with a schedule that was not possible. When my granddaughter reminded her boss that she had already explained her school responsibilities, the employer told her she was “done” and would send out her last check.

It is distressing that a business that employs mostly young people will not adjust work schedules to accommodate college class schedules. My granddaughter was relying on working three days a week to cover transportation and other expenses.

After talking with others, I find that this practice is not limited to this particular business. It is a sad commentary on our society when businesses do not support students trying to better themselves through education.

Patricia Ellis


Iraq is loaded

What’s wrong with this picture?

The nonpartisan U.S. Government Accountability Office reported the following: “Since 2003, the United States has reported obligating $642 billion for U.S. military operations in Iraq and provided about $24 billion for training, equipment, and other services for Iraqi security forces. GAO analysis of Iraqi government data showed that Iraq generated an estimated cumulative budget surplus of $52.1 billion through the end of 2009.

“The administration is requesting $2 billion in additional U.S. funding in its fiscal year 2011 budget request to support the training and equipping of Iraq’s military and police. GAO believes that Congress should consider Iraq’s available financial resources when reviewing the administration’s fiscal year 2011 budget request and any future funding requests for securing and stabilizing Iraq. Also, GAO recommends that the Departments of State and the Treasury work with the Iraqi government to further identify available resources”

Seems to me Iraq ought to be sending us money rather than the other way around.

When is Congress going to wake up and stop the militarism and this kind of nonsense?

Patrick Eisenhart


GOP agenda is selfish

Sen. Olympia Snowe’s reference to “this president” is disrespectful. He is “President Barack Obama,” Sen. Snowe. I am bummed; she is becoming another talking head in the Republican Party. The party’s disrespect for the president is vitriolic.

Republicans want the presidency back and so are doing nothing to help President Obama and our country. Republicans are doing their best to sabotage our country’s interests and the president’s policies. They want to get rid of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. Republicans want to raise the worker portion of the payroll tax when they refused to force wealthy Americans and corporations to pay their tax share.

Michelle Bachmann will dissolve the Envionmental Protection Agency? I need to know what Republicans have against clean air, water and earth. Their lack of concern about mercury, dioxin and other contaminants leaves me breathless (the millions of children with asthma, too). Most have stated they don’t believe global warming exists.

The Republican party’s disdain for American workers is evident by wanting lower taxes on corporations. They deny worker unions (their only shot at fair wages and benefits and a share of big business profits made by the workers). Where are their proposals to help bring down unemployment? They haven’t presented any because they have none.

The Republican Party’s economic, social and political mentality is zeroed in on defeating President Obama. Period. These are some of the reasons I will not be voting “independent” any longer. I have had it with Republican rhetoric, fact twisting and delirious dogma.

Jackie Freitas


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