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Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2012: Airport needs, human needs, looking at Lincoln

We pay for tax increases

I have a brother-in-law who is a optometrist, and he has worked hard and developed a good practice. He employs about a dozen people. He would be one of these rich people “not paying their fair share.” The 90 percent are small business owners just like him.

He knows how much he has to take home from his practice to live the way he wants to. If we raise his taxes, he must either cut expenses, higher fewer people or raise the price of his glasses. Either way, we pay for his tax increase. That is the way it works: Businesses pass added expenses on to the consumer. It is we who will pay the tax increase on the rich.

If I can figure this out, it is amazing that all these brilliant politicians cannot. That is how all this fairness works. Be careful what you wish for, or you may get it.

Bob Mercer


Tower, controller needed

The BDN reported in the Nov. 20 edition that the truck in the fatal plane crash in Owls Head had no lighted beacon.

In my opinion, the Federal Aviation Administration should require that the Knox County Regional Airport have a control tower and an air controller.

Richard W. Sykes


Remember those in need

I have heard many people say that Thanksgiving is the true start of their holiday season. This is when many of us can begin to look forward to spending time with our loved ones and sharing wonderful meals together. Around the corner are more get-togethers and family reunions. There are many things to be thankful for and much to celebrate.

For a lot of Mainers of all ages, these holiday times are not be so cheerful. As the colder days and nights become more frequent, some of our most at-risk neighbors will find themselves with fewer resources.

There are many accounts of older Mainers who become more and more isolated during the winter months, but this is a great time to reach out and see how we can help. If we start to look beyond our own holiday activities, we might be able to offer someone we know a little support and a little contact. One cannot understate the value of spending time with someone who is lonely.

This is also a great time to remember to donate to local food pantries, either with monetary or with food contributions. We are lucky to have dedicated organizations and community partners who work tirelessly to help keep food on the table for those who need it the most. We can all make a difference in that effort by continuing to remember those in need in the weeks and months to come.

Dr. Erica Magnus

AARP Outreach Volunteer


A new look at Lincoln

Inspired by the movie “Lincoln,” there has been an uptick in comments that find fault with Abraham Lincoln and the soldiers of the Union Army.

These are comments that Lincoln or his soldiers were not politically correct in modern terms. Lincoln, the Republican, ran against three candidates in 1860: John Bell, the Constitutional Union Party; John Breckinridge, the Southern Democrat; and Stephen Douglas, the Northern Democrat. Americans knew that if you were against slavery, there was only once choice. In 1864 it was between Democrat George McClellan, who promised peace, and Lincoln, who promised war to the bitter end. If McClellan had won, there would have been a peace agreement, and the slaves would have remained slaves.

When the war began, it is true that most Union soldiers were in the war to save the Union. As the Union forces saw the conditions of slavery up close and personal, the troops were quickly catching up to Lincoln as seeing this war as a moral war. Lincoln was the only choice for those who claimed then and claim now to care about the ending of slavery. In 1864 by a large majority, the soldiers voted for Lincoln. They also knew they could be signing their own death warrant.

Lincoln won re-election in a war with six times more Union deaths than American deaths in the Vietnam War from a Northern population one-ninth the size. Could any modern president have inspired an American population to take those kinds of losses to end slavery? No.

David Dubovy


Condemn equally on political spending

A recent OpEd piece by Nancy Galland of Stockton Springs decried the amount that “undisclosed wealthy individuals and their corporate allies (the 1 percent)” spent on the recent election. She opined that our nation of the people has become “a corporatocracy – a nation of the corporations, by the corporations.”

Of course, Galland is right on with her disgust with how much money was raised to virtually buy elections. Seeing the amounts that are spent, one must conclude that the spenders are parting with such large sums because they do get results.

From other such opinion pieces, plus hearing folks talk about the issue, it is clear that this influence buying “1 percent” is believed to be, by and large, Republicans. That is, the right-wing corporate bigwigs throwing their weight (and money) around.

But hold on. An examination of the Federal Election Commission profile of the nation’s top political contributors tells a different story. Looking at the top 20 contributors in the past 20 years, there are three corporations, one super-PAC (ActBlue, the top contributor with 99 percent going to Democrats), five organizations and 11 labor unions. Overall, the Democratic Party benefited by receiving 71 percent of the total donations. Corporations gave fairly evenly between the parties, with a slight edge to Republicans. The unions overwhelmingly favored Democrats. This pattern continues throughout the list of contributors.

So, do spread indignation for this fiasco, but don’t condemn one group and wink at the other.

Dale Sprinkle


Proud of family veterans

I was recently listening to the news when I heard reporter Sharon Rose of Channel 2 News asking Lee Nelson if they honored Veterans Day in England.

They certainly do, but they call it Armistice Day, and on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. they have two minutes of silence to honor the brave servicemen and women who gave their lives for their country.

My father was in World War I, one brother in the Royal Air Force and one in the British Army. I married a soldier in the U.S. Army and came to this country when I was only 20. I became a U.S. citizen in 1951, of which I am very proud. I had a son who served in the U.S. Navy for four years. I am very proud of the five veterans in my family on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

God bless America, my country not by birth but by choice.

Patricia Beach

Lambert Lake

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