March 28, 2013

Letters to the editor: Bayside project needs no zoning change

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The Bayside development called “midtown” could be built without changing city zoning to allow 165-foot towers in the neighborhood, a reader says.

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These young people, along with those on all our sports teams, the Drama Club, the robotics team and other extracurricular activities, put their lives on hold for four to five months a year -- and this effort demands our respect and admiration.

In an age where public education is downgraded, people tend to forget we send students to every great university in the country, and many go on to have productive lives in this society.

As for the Ogunquit Playhouse, I intend to boycott this theater as well as all Ogunquit establishments for the rest of my life.

Tom DiPasqua
Scarborough

Anti-weapon ban politicians should have careers cut short

"Military-style assault gun ban is dead, says Reid" was a Page 1 headline March 20. So should be the political careers of all those on Capitol Hill who are comfortable with that.

Emily R. Chaney
Topsham

Boehner, Ryan seek budget that serves needs of rich

Rep. Paul Ryan and House Speaker John Boehner do not want the rich guys to pay taxes on the same level that existed during the Reagan administration.

They want the oil company, Wall Street and banking executives who have hoarded their multimillon-dollar, post-bailout funds to continue to hoard rather than invest in our country.

My question is: If the government didn't make the investment, who would have?

As I am certain, the hoarders understand that you have to spend money to make money, and that is what the government was forced to do to stimulate the economy.

Rather than laud the accomplishment of our economic recovery or cut federal spending for loopholes, subsidies and reduced tax rates for the rich, Mr. Boehner and Mr. Ryan propose cuts in spending for the elderly, disabled and poor.

No doubt, I know it is a lot to ask Mr. Boehner and the other millionaires in Congress to increase their own tax rate. They get paid well for working only 100 days a year and passing the fewest legislative measures in history.

With all the federal health insurance, life insurance and lucrative retirement benefits they get for their part-time employment, why do they find the need to continually whine and criticize the work of those better-educated in fiscal matters and who have worked night and day to turn our economy around?

It is just depressing every time they get into the media to pass on their self-serving message. After spending billions of dollars and failing in back-to-back elections, one would think they would have gotten the message that the voting public don't buy it.

The longer the political stonewalling goes on, the longer it is going to take us to get out of the debt they put us in.

Patrick Eisenhart
Augusta

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