May 14, 2013

Letters to the editor: Bill would revive union insurance monopoly

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A reader is critical of a proposal to repeal a law that would require the state teachers union to provide data needed for competititive bidding on most Maine schools’ health insurance contracts.

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A study partly funded by the Maine Dental Association found that 55 percent of children in Maine had no access to dental care.

The Alzheimer's Association estimates we will be facing a tidal wave of medical and dental care needs. Dental hygiene therapists could be utilized safely and effectively to meet these needs.

Allowing dental hygiene therapists to serve Maine citizens is a healthy decision.

A 2012 report reviewed more than 1,100 studies of dental hygiene therapists and found no evidence that patients' safety or quality of care was compromised.

The dental hygiene therapist will serve as a highly trained, skilled and educated professional who will be an adjunct to care.

Dental hygiene therapists are now being utilized safely and effectively in other states.

Along with a four-year registered dental hygienist degree, the dental hygiene therapist must complete a rigorous 18-month specialized curriculum.

Dental hygiene therapists will also be required to have an additional 500 hours of clinical training.

The dental hygiene therapist will be licensed to practice under the general supervision of a dentist.

Dental hygiene therapists will become expert providers of 24 basic procedures that Mainers desperately need.

Join me in supporting the dental hygiene therapist profession. This is a quality-of-life issue.

Ann-Marie Grenier

Windham

Vilification of gun owners no help to gun-control bills

For more than four months, gun-rights supporters have been vilified by every media outlet possible.  

Gun owners have been mapped out and profiled in newspapers no differently than a sex offender would be.

The very need for a person to possess a firearm has been questioned as uncivilized.  

And those who exploited the children's families in Newtown to serve their long-held agenda to strip guns from the American public, one baby step at a time, have thoroughly failed.

All the newspaper ink and TV footage in the world will not take away our basic human right to defend ourselves.  

The federal gun-control legislation put forth, which contained not one iota of extra security for schools, has fallen apart.

And all Sen. Angus King's horses, and all Sen. King's men, cannot put it back together again.

Tim Allen

Sebago

 

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