November 27, 2012

Letters to the editor: All should give to avoid 'fiscal cliff'

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To head off the “fiscal cliff,” Congress should allow the Bush-era tax cuts to expire, says a reader who also calls on Americans who pay no federal income taxes to pay “just a little to help your country out.”

The Associated Press

Yvonne Graffam


Testy drivers fail to honor sacrifices made by veterans 

On the afternoon of Nov. 10, it was my privilege to accompany some of America's Greatest Generation to the production of "West Side Story" at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

Since all of the residents from the Maine Veterans' Home in Scarborough are limited in their mobility, it required organization, time and patience to load, and unload, these ladies and gentlemen from their van with their wheelchairs and walkers.

Because Myrtle Street is a narrow, one-way passage to Cumberland Avenue, it meant that some occupants of vehicles using the street were inconvenienced for a few minutes while this process was completed for everyone.

While some people were courteous and patient, there was an unsettling number of drivers and passengers from a wide range of ages who became impatient, and in one case, was verbally abusive to a caregiver, as this person worked quickly to get the residents back in the van.

To those of you who were respectful, I thank you for demonstrating such an admirable trait. To those of you who demonstrated lack of respect for the elderly and those who chose to serve this country for you and me, I want you to use this experience to rethink your choices toward these dear souls.

Is that the way you would have liked to been treated as a resident? Make a choice to respond in a different manner should the opportunity present itself to you in the future, and show them that you value the sacrifice they made for this nation.

Cathy McLaughlin


In U.S. Senate, expect King to heed Democratic agenda 

Surprise, surprise, surprise, Angus King announced that he was going to caucus with the Democrats. He could have just as well have stamped a big red "D" in the center of his forehead during the campaign, and been more honest than the charade he has been putting on about what party he was going to caucus with.

Angus King sold his soul to Harry Reid for a committee appointment. Sen.-elect King is about as independent as Nancy Pelosi is. Expect him to follow the Democratic Party line to the letter.

Raymond T. West



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