Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Readers debate whether President Obama’s policies are to blame for the looming sequestration.
The Associated Press
The revenues (taxes) that the federal government will take in in 2013 will be, by far, the most ever collected. It's expenses that are out of control.
As a financial planner, I am aware that if one is in debt and having cash flow problems, there are two things that he needs to do to address the issue: reduce expenses and increase income. That is the mature approach to such a situation. The immature approach is to do only one of those things.
Given the imminence of our national sequestration, which party is mature and which one is immature? It is time we publicly asked the right question!
William J. Leffler II
'Next wave of immigrants' will hurt our quality of life
Alan Caron's column on Feb. 14 ("State must find way to attract next wave of immigrants") was very disturbing.
His answer for the future of Maine is to import thousands of people. Great idea – we can cut down the trees and build houses, parking lots and shopping centers.
We can extend northern Massachusetts right up the coastline, cut the state in half with a superhighway and bring in tar sands over an aging pipeline.
We can take life “the way it should be" and make it into "your life in New Jersey."
This type of progress will definitely destroy the multibillion-dollar tourist business, but after all, this is the way businesspeople look at Maine.
Why import people to Maine just to be able to sell them more stuff?
Try driving through Wiscasset on a Friday afternoon during the summer months.
I have done it a few times, but the 10- to 15-mile traffic backup is hardly worth the effort.
The United States of America imports a million people a year through legal immigration, plus another million people through illegal immigration, and then another million from natural population increase and from people who have overstayed their work visas.
When I graduated from Portland High School, the world population was 2.5 billion people. Today, it is more than 7 billion.
To arrive at 2.5 billion souls worldwide, the elapsed time was 4 million years. In a microsecond, the world population jumped to 7 billion.
At this rate of world population growth, the state of Maine will be inundated with people before we know what happened.
Enjoy this beautiful state before it is too late, before the businesspeople import the next wave of immigrants.