December 3, 2013

Letters to the editor: For many in Maine, Obamacare no bargain

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Under the Affordable Care Act, residents of Augusta will pay less for the same insurance plan than those in Fort Kent, a reader says.

Al Jazeera America bought Current TV for $500 million (The New York Times, Aug. 8). Why would anyone pay that much for a failing network? I think it’s for the same reason they’re willing to pay Time Warner to carry them.

Time Warner won’t release details of the deal. Shame on Time Warner for succumbing to dollar signs and disrespecting their customers.

Barbara Carmone


DHHS debacle shows need to hire in-state providers

I’d like to know how come we lose so much money to mismanagement.

It seems like the Department of Health and Human Services has lost millions, and I see we spend $28.3 million a year to truck MaineCare people to appointments using out-of-state companies that can’t do it right and don’t even have the right paperwork in order.

I don’t understand why all this and other money has to go out of state. If we as a state can’t do this in-state, then it is time to hire the right people. I don’t care if it is the town or state, all Maine monies need to stay in state, along with the work being done with the monies we spend.

There is no way out-of-state contractors can come up here and do the job cheaper than we can do ourselves. If they can, it’s time to look at our contractors and find out why.

Towns have to get out-of-state help from special people, and we pay the town heads enough money to get the job done in-house. If not, let’s get rid of our high-paid heads and put someone in there who can do the job.

Earl Harnden


City Christmas tree lovely, but cumbersome and costly

I’m writing regarding the raising of the Christmas tree in Monument Square on Nov. 21.

There is quite obviously a lot involved to accomplish this annual tradition, from police escorts to all of the associated manpower and equipment and disruptions to traffic.

It’s a beautiful tree, but why couldn’t one of a manageable size be planted to decorate every year?

Please don’t get me wrong – I love Christmas trees. It just seems to be an excessive waste when so many people are struggling just to survive.

Jack A. Shaw


Hagel visit expenses mount as BIW employees are idled

What did that cost us taxpayers to have all those workers in John Ewing’s photo (“Defense chief tours ‘stealth’ ship at Bath Iron Works,” Nov. 22) just stand around while Chuck Hagel visited?


E. Davies Allan

Westport Island

Headline misleads readers about what vaccine can do

Your headline “Study: Vaccine doesn’t stop whooping cough infections” (Nov. 26) is misleading at best, and warrants a correction.

As The Associated Press story more accurately reports, the study showed that in primates, the current vaccine does not prevent healthy people from being carriers – it does prevent these people from getting sick. In addition, the study noted that other versions of the vaccine do prevent people from being carriers.

Sensational headlines are one thing, but the 100-day cough is too serious to be this inaccurate.

Benjamin Weiss



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