Letters, Aug. 3, 2017

Aug 03, 2017

Ah, Civility

The never less than dependable Tom Seymour threads together an incident at Hannaford's Belfast supermarket, the antics of inconsiderate drivers and — the inevitable segue — obscene comments directed at our president, the one and only, the inimitable, the quite utterly unique Donald J Trump.

Ah, Civility, whither your winsome demeanor, whither your scented zephyrs? How dare we hurl invective at the president of the United States? Have we no sense of dignity? Have we no sense of our stations in life?

Well, I for one do. I'm a tax-paying, law-abiding, military-veteran, courteous-in-Hannaford and behind-the-wheel-of-my-Jeep citizen who, on assessing the level to which the government's executive branch has devolved wants usually to puke. My forum is Facebook. 'Tis there I vent. Tom Seymour would be appalled — appalled no less! — by what I and a claque of FB chums have to say about a man with the instincts and demeanor of a banana-republic dictator. Not to neglect the nation's bought-and-paid-for legislative branch. Well, if not quite that, demonstrably spineless.

That sound of rushing water? I suspect someone just yanked the flush chain.

Mike Silverton


A revelation

Visiting Toronto recently was a revelation to me: universal health care gives an undeniable boost to the peaceful coexistence of a great variety of cultures and faiths. Everyone's right to be cared for in sickness creates a baseline of common decency and common sense — and mutual regard is enhanced across all the superficial differences. I spoke with cabbies, innkeepers, and a terminally ill person about their system; they are all quite happy with it and feel it is worth paying for.

However, because our 2nd District Congressman Bruce Poliquin obstructs such a policy, for that reason alone he deserves to be defeated in the next election. Add to that his approach of ripping away regulation that safeguards our health and the health of our ecosystem; his attempted sabotage of Katahdin Woods and Waters despite the undeniable signs that it will stimulate the northern economy; his refusal to meet with anyone except "job-creators" (the rest of us are presumably beneath his notice); and his consistent assault on women's health and freedom — and you have someone who's been spelling terrible trouble for Maine. Enough!

We know Jonathan Fulford is a man who'll contribute to truly public-spirited governance in Washington. One thing I know: He would earn the title of our representative every single day. Let's work tirelessly for Jonathan's election because our lives, increasingly, do depend on it.

Diane Oltarzewski


Ranked choice

I am writing to express my appreciation for the thousands of Maine voters who called, lobbied, and wrote their representatives in Augusta this past session in support of ranked choice voting. Because of their efforts, the landmark ranked choice voting law was defended against full repeal efforts by opponents.

I remind readers that we've spent the last 15 years debating the merits of ranked choice voting. Voters have heard the story on both sides. That debate is now over.

When we went to the polls on Election Day in November 2016, we made a powerful statement approving this law with the second-largest "yes" vote in the history of Maine referendums.

With the June 2018 primary elections approaching fast, I also urge the Secretary of State's Office to waste no more time. They need to get to work now implementing the law so we can use ranked choice ballots in the Democratic and Republican state and federal primary elections.

David Berg



I have been reading and listening to commentary about massive problems with opiate addition across America and elsewhere, much of it due to the questionable use of prescription pain killers, plus specialty opiates like fentanyl and carfentanyl. And — suddenly — "treatment" and "prevention" are headlines rather than "punishment."

But how to pay for it all?

I already thought it all out, but few listen much less ever do, and so the world stumbles on. Washington, D.C., remains a disaster and possible source of Armageddon.

Tax reform and health care reform are intertwined. Get used to that fact so it doesn't blow up in your face.

Just like opiates "snuck" up on you. Ha!

Randall B. Hofland

Maine State Prison


Comments (1)
Posted by: Patricia Keyes | Aug 11, 2017 10:07

@Randall B. Hofland

The politicians, who allowed big pharma drugs that cause addiction to pass the FDA's "testing", are now using the misery those drugs have created to get elected for being tough on crime? Yep. Create a problem and then fix it, instead of encouraging thrift, good morals, and self-reliance. It's not Donald Trump's job to drain the swamp. It's ours, huh? But will we do it?

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