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Monday, Feb. 17, 2014: Medicaid expansion, Alexander Group, loud music, Andy Nickerson

Empty nest egg

We need to expand health care coverage for hardworking Mainers who are currently uninsured or underinsured. This is especially important for older adults who are far more likely to be already living with at least one chronic condition. The state should not turn its back on these hardworking people. It’s time for Maine to do the right thing for our economy and, more importantly, for our residents.

Expanding health care coverage through MaineCare is not welfare. This isn’t about handouts. This is about making sure that our own families and friends have access to affordable health care when they are in a tough situation and cannot afford the coverage they need.

These dollars have already been set aside for Maine. We just have to say “yes!”

If the state leaves Maine people uninsured without access to primary and preventive care, this puts at risk their financial security for years to come. Many Mainers’ savings have been lost because their health care costs far outweighed those savings. When you’re older, even if you are able to work, it’s really hard to replenish that empty nest egg.

Expanding health coverage will provide access to both primary and preventive care. Things like medical screenings and treatment for chronic diseases will be provided. Think about it: If you have insurance, you are far more likely to seek medical attention when you need it. Without insurance, you’ll delay that care and most likely get sicker. No one in Maine should have to live like that.

Douglas Kimmel


Election day

The Feb. 11 BDN article described Democrats’ efforts to cancel the welfare study by the Alexander Group. This effort sends a loud and clear message to folks thinking of doing business with Maine: Don’t, or you will get hurt.

I am sick of political underhandedness and childish “I’ll get even with you” actions from both sides of the aisle. How about elected officials consider the people of Maine and our future employment possibilities rather than their own political agenda?

To paraphrase a tune, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Washington in everything I read.” Only the voters can change that. Election Day is coming.

John Ogilvie


Loud music

Why is it that restaurants have to have the background music so loud? When you enter, the hostess asks you if you would like a table, booth and hearing protection.

The noise does not make a meal enjoyable.

It’s no wonder people text all through their meals; they can’t carry on a verbal conversation. The server gives you the little pad so you can write down what you want because they can’t hear you give them your order.

We have asked them to turn it down a little, but I guess they can’t hear. It never gets lowered.

We have stopped going to restaurants where the music is blaring. If a certain steak house doesn’t lower the volume soon, we won’t be going back there either.

Norman Clarke


Thank Andy

I was saddened to learn of Andy Nickerson’s decision to resign as the girls’ varsity basketball coach at Brewer High School but understand and accept his reasons for doing so. I have watched his work with this program over the years and have come to admire and respect his commitment and dedication to the young ladies involved.

I would hope that no one would judge the success of his efforts in terms of wins and losses. The purpose of interscholastic athletics transcends the final results on the scoreboard. Nickerson is the kind of person that I would want coaching my children, and I am sure the life lessons he has been teaching and modeling for his players will serve to benefit them in the years ahead.

Success and Nickerson are synonymous. He was an all-state football and basketball player at Brewer High School and earned a football scholarship to play for the University of Maine. He took over a struggling sporting goods store and built it into a first-class operation that provides services to many schools all over the state. He has generously given of his time and resources to many worthy causes.

Nickerson possesses a solid values system and is a fine family man who, along with his wife, Julie, has raised two fine daughters. As a Brewer resident, I would like to thank him for all of his contributions to the youth in our community and wish him the best in the future.

Jim Frost


Support LD 616

Fellow Mainers, beware. You may have recently received a pre-addressed postcard informational mailing from a group called windforme.com. It stated that the bill LD 616 is about “bad policies.”

Please realize exactly who sent you that information. Research windforme.com to find it is “supported and managed by … wind power developers.” The “About Us” section states it’s coordinated by the Maine Renewable Energy Association. The MREA site claims, “Acting as the eyes and ears of the Maine renewables industry is what MREA does best.”

Fact: The people who sent you the information are corporate developers and paid lobbyists whose job it is to sell their product — not respect citizens.

Let’s talk about how dishonest their information is. The “bad policy” they are referring to is a citizens’ rights bill. It does not stop permit applications. See for yourself, straight from the maine.gov site. LD 616 aims to restore the right of fair process to a small group of Unorganized Territory citizens who had that right taken away in 2008.

You should be proud of your legislator if he or she recently voted with the majority and stood up for restoring Mainers’ rights in committee vote. Use the postcard to encourage your legislator to continue protecting citizens’ rights by supporting LD 616 as it moves through the legislative process.

Regardless of the industry involved, affected citizens deserve their rights be restored. Put yourself in their shoes. Put that postcard to good use. Let your representative know you also support LD 616.

Kay Michka

Lexington Township


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