Enough excuses

Why does Sen. Susan Collins keep making excuses for President Donald Trump? “I think in the beginning there were times when he was speaking about what he hoped would happen rather than relying on the data and information of his experts. That has changed, and I’m glad it has.”

She excused Trump’s ineptitude when people desperately needed correct, up-to-date scientific information. Lives are at stake!

Collins also said, “the president did a lot that was right in the beginning.” Like what? Ensuring testing was more widely available? No. Ramping up the production of personal protective equipment and other medical equipment? No. Giving people accurate information? No. What did Trump do as the coronavirus spiraled out of control? He held political rallies and played golf.

Collins’ excuses for Trump are not new. When she voted against Trump’s impeachment conviction, she said she believed he “has learned from this case” and “will be much more cautious in the future.” He is not more cautious; his reckless behavior continues. Why does she keep giving him a pass?

She needs to serve, not President Trump, but the people of Maine.

Marcia Howell

Portland

Provide COVID-19 care at no cost

I believe Gov. Janet Mills is doing a fantastic job for Maine during this pandemic, in so many ways. I applaud her for ordering that private insurance plans cover the cost of COVID-19 testing (though there are still those who have no insurance).

Now we need to provide for Mainers to receive treatment for COVID-19 at no cost to themselves. As our state did for the testing, it should enable Mainers to undergo treatment with only their health to worry about. If people are afraid of the bills, how many will stay in the community and infect others?

Imagine our citizens going to the doctor or hospital and not being afraid for their finances.

Imagine the example Maine would provide for other states. Imagine everyone having the freedom to seek medical treatment.

We are listening to the governor, staying home and exercising social distancing. Let’s take this next step together for everyone. Mills would be our hero. Imagine.

Valerie Dornan

Hancock

Finding political will to confront climate crisis

Three months ago, the COVID-19 crisis was unimaginable, and certainly we didn’t foresee the impacts it would have on jobs, essential workers, the economy and every facet of daily life.

The way our society mobilized to combat this virus, despite major disruptions and hardships, is inspiring. Still, we have been living with and ignoring another slower developing — but just as deadly — threat to public health: climate change.

Carbon emissions already degrade air quality and are responsible for millions of deaths each year. Hurricanes, floods and wildfires happen with increased frequency and severity, killing people, destroying homes and devastating local economies. Climate change is worsening food and water shortages and will displace hundreds of millions of people. The crisis is looming and the time to prepare is now.

We found the political will to put in place actions that were inconceivable a few weeks ago. Let us find the political will to confront this other crisis before it is too late. We don’t have to look far to begin. There is a bipartisan bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, HR 763, that could reduce carbon emissions while putting money into the pocket of every American.

Check it out, and then contact Rep. Jared Golden and Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins to urge them to support a carbon fee and dividend.

Gerry Gross

Bangor