June 30, 2012

Letters to the editor: Congress Square Park an opportunity

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Portland’s Eastland Park Hotel, with Congress Square Park in the foreground. The hotel wants to build a ballroom in the open space.

2011 file photo/Shawn Patrick Ouellette

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Now that the primaries are over, I hope our candidates can start to focus on the real issues of the day – namely, the financial and health security of older Americans.

I think we can all agree that these issues are very important, and here in Maine, we know that many of our older residents are having a tough time. Going forward, I am eager to hear what our candidates have to say about Social Security and Medicare and how they plan to protect and strengthen these incredibly important programs.

When you think about it, even if Social Security was never meant to be the sole income for retirees, for many Americans, that is how things have panned out. A third of Mainers on Social Security have nothing but those monthly benefit checks to live on.

Any changes to the program could have devastating consequences, and the proposals that our congressional representatives will be reviewing down the road need to be examined very closely.

I hope they remember that these are benefits we have earned after a lifetime of hard work. Maybe we didn't all make a lot of money, maybe we didn't all save as much as we could have, but we still earned our benefits along the way.

As an active voter, I plan to pay close attention to each candidate's proposals regarding Social Security and Medicare. They are too important to be put aside for someone else to think about.

Will Hemond


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