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Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011: Quimby, Question 1 and taxes

Reply to Roxanne

Help Maine build a future (Roxanne Quimby’s Oct. 18 letter to the editor)? No, we need real jobs, such as the jobs she took from us Guilford folks when she and Burt took their company to the Carolinas.

Now she has a ton of money and wants to buy us up? How is this all working for you Roxanne? Health challenges? I bet you have health insurance. I go around begging for the Walmart price on my prescriptions. Yes, I have health challenges: obesity, high blood pressure, etc. And it’s not because I live in on a farm in Maine. Maybe it is genetic. Or maybe because I worked for 20-plus years taking care of the developmentally challenged and got burnt to a crisp?

OK, Roxanne apologized, but she can never take away the sting of her sharp words. What you give is what you get in this world and how you treat others is how they are going to treat you.

Laura Auger


No on Question 1

Referendum Question 1, which would repeal the law requiring new voters to register at least two business days before an election so town and city clerks can verify eligibility before election day, will not disenfranchise or deny people their right to vote. New voters can register through the Department of Health and Human Services, local clerk’s office, by mail or at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

In Maine, and in this country, we need to be accountable and prove who we are, all the time, sometimes with a photo ID. Residents can register when they pay their town or city taxes, register their cars or get a new Maine drivers license, fishing and hunting licenses or pay their sewer bill.

This is not rocket science. Once you register, that‘s it, you don’t have to register again.

Maine has now joined 41 states with similar laws. When a person moves into this state it is their civic responsibility to register to vote just like anything else they have to do.

I don’t want illegal immigrants, noncitizens or college students voting unless they are proven residents of this state. We cannot deny that this country and Maine are being infiltrated by illegal immigrants.

Maine needs to be on the right track when it comes to elections. For clean elections, vote no on Question 1.

Raymond Lemieux


Lizzie Borden took a tax…

The late actor Jack Lord (“Hawaii Five-0”) was born 22 days before Republicans won control of Congress and the presidency in 1921 (and kept it through 1933). Republicans lowered the top marginal tax rate in stages from 73 percent in 1921 to 24 percent in 1929, the year we first shattered the world economy.

Democrats raised it to 92 percent in 1952 and 1953, the years unemployment fell to 3 percent and 2.9 percent. It stayed at 91 percent from 1954 to 1963 while unemployment averaged 5.4 percent per year, the Dow grew 17.2 percent per year and national debt rose 1.27 percent year.

Except for 1968-1970, it was lowered by Democrats to 70 percent between 1964-1980, while unemployment averaged 5.5 percent per year, the Dow rose 2.6 percent per year and national debt rose 11.2 percent per year.

Republicans lowered the top rate in stages to 28 percent between 1981-1990 (Kristen Shepard shot J.R.), while unemployment averaged 7.1 percent per year, the Dow rose 17.1 percent per year and national debt rose 22.4 percent per year.

Between 1991 and 2000 it was raised twice (Gap blue dresses weren’t cheap) to 39.6 percent, while unemployment averaged 5.6 percent per year, the Dow rose 31.3 percent per year and national debt rose 5.48 percent per year.

Between 2001 and 2010, Republicans lowered it in stages to 35 percent while unemployment averaged 6.1 percent per year, the Dow rose 0.87 percent per year and national debt rose 13.3 percent per year.

“Book ’em Danno.”

Keith Taft

Van Buren

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