November 6, 2013

Letters to the editor: Boys need to move more, too

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Exercise is vital for the health of both girls and boys, a reader notes.

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Fortunately she resides in Portland, Ore., not Portland, Maine. Living there she has access to health insurance and the opportunity to lead a relatively normal life. In Oregon, as of Jan. 1, the Affordable Care Act will be fully implemented. As their law states, “More low-income Oregonians will have access to health care coverage, providing them better access to care and more financial stability.” That’s even as Gov. LePage persists in his futile version of Don Quixote jousting with Washington windmills.

The governor of Oregon has accepted the concept of the Affordable Care Act, appreciating the benefits it affords all the citizens he serves. The governor of Maine is more intent on keeping his vow to tell President Obama “to go to hell.” As a result, the lives of uninsured Mainers remain in jeopardy.

The Affordable Care Act is being implemented in its entirety or in part by any number of compassionate, progressive states. I am convinced that Maine will not follow their lead until we elect a compassionate, progressive governor. In my opinion that is another compelling reason to replace Paul LePage with Michael Michaud.

We miss our daughter not being with us; nevertheless, for her sake, we are happy she moved to a caring state that is providing the medical and financial benefits she needs.

Sam Kamin


Right-wing ‘studies’ blame the elderly but never the rich

M.D. Harmon would be the first person to tell you that “class warfare” is not only wrong, but the antithesis of all that America is supposed to be. That for the poor and what remains of the middle class to blame the wealthy and well-connected for any of our nation’s problems is leftist claptrap.

Knowing that, imagine my surprise that Mr. Harmon cites as gospel a report that prescribes generational warfare as the answer to our health care issues. Don’t blame the rich, blame the elderly!

Why didn’t I think of that? Obviously it’s those who live on those exorbitant $1,200 monthly Social Security payments and demand such luxuries as insulin and oxygen that are the root of our problems, not the well-connected profiteers or the epidemic graft and corruption in Washington that drives our dysfunctional system.

Never dare to question the uninhibited influence of the big pharma and the insurance industries in Washington. No, it is obviously those who made the poor choices of growing old and getting sick that are to blame. Tough luck for them.

The right wing think tanks and moneyed special interests who control them churn out these skewed reports and “studies” as a way to muddy the waters – to divide and conquer the nonwealthy. They then rely on their dutiful muddy-water carriers like Mr. Harmon to pass along their self-serving versions of reality to the masses.

Brush aside the prose and you’ll find these “studies” inevitably and without the slightest variation always arrive at the same greed-driven end. Blame the poor, the weak, the voiceless and the powerless for our problems. To do otherwise would be un-American.

Jeremy Smith

Old Orchard Beach


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