Medicaid doesn’t make doctors rich

Senate District 9 candidate N. Laurence Willey Jr., in a May 9 letter, laments his opponent’s failure to “disclose the amount his medical practice receives from Medicaid while voting to expand Medicaid,” implying Dr. Geoff Gratwick is trying to get rich at taxpayer expense. Hogwash! This slam only makes sense to ignorant people.

Nobody makes money on Medicaid patients, given poor reimbursement and the often challenging medical issues posed by this group. Some doctors simply refuse to see any Medicaid patients. Gratwick is a fine physician and a dedicated public servant and deserves praise for both roles and not the nasty mudslinging of Willey.

This sleazy slur tells us more about the character of the candidate than that of Gratwick.

Gerald A. Metz, M.D.


Elections and earthworms

A cherished cartoonist visualized a familiar little girl asking her brother, “Who’s in charge of elections?” He didn’t know the answer but guessed it would be an electrician.

The success of an election effort happens with the help of transportation and persuasion. Our father who art in heaven shares his electricity with us. Electricity is a valued part of his family business. He also maintains the production of earthworms who change matter into food for plants and trees. The earthworm is a masterpiece and not just breakfast to offer brook trout. Not unlike trout, tomatoes and trees, heavenly father’s children have need of food, especially food for thought.

It’s called the Gospel. Gospel is good news about the plan of happiness. Some food for thought has become contaminated with contradictions in the course of record keeping. Inspiration doesn’t contradict itself, so clarification is sometimes needed.Our heavenly father commands record keeping. Thanks to this, there is a book of Mormon record of his son Jesus Christ, who was born of the virgin Mary of Nazareth, Galilee. The son was elected to provide the payment all must appreciate to receive joyful life forthcoming.

Philip Henderson


Forest Society kudos

On behalf of the people in the state of Maine and our tourists, I want to thank the Forest Society of Maine for all the magnificent work you have done for all of us to explore. Everyone on the society’s staff works very hard to achieve these goals. Congratulations to them on their accomplishments.

Charles Boothby


Wrong naval priorities

There is a giant squid in the Maine Maritime Academy boardroom. This sea-being is the dominant member of the board. It is big, slimy and green. Its name is money. The school that serves it brags that its graduates make the most averaging nearly $70,000 per year whereas the creative grads of Maine College of Art make do with $25,000.

There are many dangerous ships sailing which are not properly inspected. Does MMA have a major for that or a major for weather prediction?

The United States has plenty of money to subsidize new, well-kept freighters, passenger liners and hospital ships, if we abolish the U.S. Navy and its fleets of obscenely expensive floating gun platforms, such as the $4.4 billion destroyer just turned over to the Navy by the Bath Iron Works.

Why are we allowing “The Navy” to guzzle the lives of our Rockland young people and all others at sea. I’m sure the squid knows.

Kendall Merriam


Park land only small piece of Maine

Regarding John Floyd’s May 18 blog citing his five reasons why a Katahdin region national monument/park is a bad idea, he writes as if the whole North Woods were on the chopping block.

He writes about the area east of Baxter State Park becoming subject to federal regulation, “Removing the timber industry’s ability to operate freely and without crushing regulation will only further cripple Maine’s economy.” Really?

Maine is a big state. The paper companies have much more pressing issues than the pulp from a few tens of thousands acres of our forestland. And there are plenty of places to hunt and fish.

In fact, the vast majority of Mainers and tourists to Maine unquestionably prefer a trip to the forest free of vistas of low-density, harvested “forest,” punctuated by piles of slash. And most people I know really like the idea of a forest experience, for themselves and their families, that is actually relatively free from the risk and noise of firearms. People I know treasure the experience when, at least for a few short hours or days, they can actually be among the delights of the woods as a peer and an equal, not a master with the forest as their servant.

We want a park. It’s good for the state.

Alan Clemence


Presidential job aspirations

Want to be president? Here’s what you do. First, run for the U.S. Senate. Do some research on Maine’s election history. Which party usually has the winning senatorial candidates? Join that party. Announce your candidacy. Hire a campaign manager and agree to pay him from funds raised from contributors. Tell voters that you’re on their side, and ask for their vote and for their money. Speak in general terms. Remember, you’re competing with other folks for a job. You’re applying for a job, and you need the approval of thousands of people. You want a job that allows you to behave as if you’re self-employed, with a salary of $174,000 annually coming from the U.S. government, plus benefits. One of the benefits is an office staff who will do your job for you while you’re spending almost all your time applying for a new job.

You’ve been in Washington for a few years when you decide it’s time to apply for that other government job: president. You know that convincing people to elect you president is a full-time job. But you’ve got a job, and you’re earning a good salary. So how do you get permission from your employers — folks who live in Maine — to take months away from the office to run for the presidency and still collect your salary? You don’t ask. You’ll have company. And if you don’t win? Disappointing, but it’s OK, you still have a job that continues to pay you $174,000 annually, plus benefits.

Charlie Cameron