February 17, 2020
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Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015: Gun laws won’t stop violence, vote yes on Question 1

Vote yes on Question 1

The American dream is to ensure that each generation has the opportunity to succeed and create a better future for themselves and their children. Yet, when so many Mainers are just scraping by, something must be wrong.

Right now, those with the most money are able to shout the loudest and drown out the rest of our voices. Too often our representatives make choices on important issues that will shape the lives of our children and grandchildren — such as education and the economy — that are out of balance with the needs and wishes of everyday Mainers.

Mainers have a chance this November to ensure we have a government truly of, by and for the people — not wealthy special interests.

Question 1 will limit the influence of special interest money in our elections by increasing fines and penalties for those who break election laws, creating transparency by revealing who is spending to influence Mainers’ votes and encouraging strict campaign finance spending and contribution limits.

We need to work together to ensure the needs of working people come first, and that means giving everyone a voice in our democracy, not just the wealthiest among us.

We can show the next generation that America provides freedom and opportunity for all. Let’s come together to vote yes on Question 1 and make a better future for our children.

Cindy Todd

Etna

Guns laws won’t stop violence

I keep seeing OpEds and letters to the editor in which people propose we enact “common-sense gun laws” to combat mass shootings. It makes me wonder whose definition of “common sense” we are going to use. Many say that universal background checks are one of those “common-sense” laws that would help. But that is pure speculation on their part. Few of the people responsible for horrendous mass shootings may have been stopped by a background check, according to a recent analysis.

People are so anti-NRA that the tone of their letters and OpEds makes one think that the staff at the NRA and NRA members must be raving lunatics and would commit the very atrocities that have fueled the current drive to weaken our Second Amendment right.

“Something needs to be done” is their vague battle cry, but no one is proposing legislation that would have prevented these very tragic mass shootings.

If stricter laws for the ownership of firearms is the answer, could someone who proposes them please explain to those of us who disagree with their stance why the cities of Detroit, Chicago, New York and Boston, all with incredibly strict laws already in place, have such a high crime rate where the use of firearms is part of the crime?

Kevin Grant

Belgrade

Support for small businesses

Far too often people write in to complain about our elected officials. But I believe it is just as important to weigh in with supportive commentary when our representatives stand up for Maine’s business community. That’s exactly what Sen. Susan Collins and Rep. Bruce Poliquin did last week when they voted in support of the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act that maintains the current definition for the small group health insurance market.

Not only did these legislators vote yes on this important bill, they played an important role in shepherding this bill through the legislative process. Poliquin also signed on as a co-sponsor of the legislation.

If this legislation had not been passed, small businesses across our state would have been faced with significantly higher health insurance premiums or worse — some businesses may have been forced to change their health insurance plans.

Thankfully, Collins and Poliquin proved once again that representing the interests of Maine’s small businesses is their priority. And for that, I am especially grateful.

Cary Weston

Bangor


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