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Saturday, March 9, 2019: Shot clock time, a question, abortion care is basic health care

A question

So, Central Maine Power offers the state of Maine $250 million if and when state regulators approve their transmission line from Quebec to Massachusetts. Why isn’t this bribery?

John McCready

Hodgdon

Shot clock time

After watching countless high school basketball games, in my opinion, it is time to institute a time clock on possession of the ball. I can’t count the basketball games that were lost/won because one team held possession of the ball. I think it is only fair that if a team can’t win by their aggressive play, they should not win.

I know that there are others out there with the same opinion as myself. It is done in college and professional games. Time has come to do the time possession clock in high school ball games.

Gary King

Howland

Abortion care is basic health care

I am writing in support of LD 820 to prevent discrimination of care for pregnant people in Maine. Abortion care is basic health care that should be determined by the pregnant person and their doctor. This legislation would ensure that the person would have insurance coverage whether they choose to terminate the pregnancy or carry to term.

It is ridiculous that insurers cover tens of thousands of dollars for prenatal and delivery care, but not the hundreds it costs for an abortion. It is ridiculous that so many try to force their personal beliefs on people they have never met. They go so far as to be harassing and aggressive to abortion patients and providers. Our local clinic, the Mabel Wadsworth Center, is the target of constant harassment.

March 10 is abortion provider appreciation day, and I extend mine to the providers who continue to persist and resist. They provide compassionate care in the face of harassment. Abortion is simple health care. Until it is treated as such by insurers and society at large, I will continue to give time and money to our local clinic to make sure those in our community will have the compassionate care they deserve.

Aislinn Canarr

Winterport

Shaming on the airwaves

I would have laughed, if I hadn’t felt like crying, when I heard that Maine Public Radio planned a call-in show on the current, social phenomenon of public “shaming.” It would have been an ironic laugh — since Maine Public’s parent entity, National Public Radio (NPR), has been filling the airwaves, recently, with as many white-blaming-and-shaming stories as they could find. (There was even implied white prejudice in a spot on clutter cleaning!)

It felt similar when they invoked the spirit of “Mr. Rogers” in a recent fund-raising drive; even though Fred Rogers would be appalled at the unneighborly, racially-divisive bandwagon that NPR News — which, like Fox News, is really more opinionated analysis than news these days — has recently jumped on. That these gratuitous, white-bashing stories may be part of a strategy to expand NPR’s audience-donor base to include younger, angrier people of color doesn’t make them any less cynical or any more palatable.

So it’s out with the less-and-less useful, old (white donors) for NPR, and in with the temporarily-useful new. So much for social justice. And trusted journalism.

Melodie Greene

Calais

 



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