June 17, 2013

Letters to the editor: Dislike of panhandlers fuels ban proposal

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Don Dietz panhandles for change at Franklin Street and Marginal Way in Portland in May. A reader is skeptical about the concerns cited by people who favor a ban on panhandling in city medians.

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The facts are clear: Wind power works for Maine, and we should not miss out on the opportunity to make ourselves a regional leader in clean, affordable energy development.

Paul Williamson

Scarborough

Time for Collins to agree to hearing, vote on nominees

Thank you for your editorial ("Our View: Sen. Collins, GOP colleagues trying to slow government," May 30) highlighting Sen. Susan Collins' role in obstructing President Obama's nominees to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The D.C. Circuit has a broad influence over laws and regulations that affect all of us in our daily lives, including public health, clean air, workers' rights and consumer protections. The court must be allowed to do its job efficiently and fairly.

When Americans elect a president, we also elect the person we want selecting our federal judges. But Senate Republicans -- with the help of Sen. Collins -- have made every effort to keep President Obama from fulfilling his constitutional duty to fill vacancies on the courts.

The Republican blockade of President Obama's nominees to the D.C. Circuit -- which began even before nominees were named -- represents the worst of the partisan gridlock that is crippling Washington.

We elect our president and senators to do their jobs. President Obama is doing his job by putting forward qualified nominees to fill vacancies on the courts. Sen. Collins should start doing her job and agree to give those nominees a fair hearing and a yes-or-no vote.

Beth Franklin

Falmouth

Middle class will soon tire of supporting immigrants

I was surprised you published Christopher Reimer's guest editorial "Another View: Frank overlooks immigration's cost to average American" (May 31), as it would not be considered politically correct.

His points were well made and very true. At our peril we are allowing the ruling class to force mass immigration on us, without considering the far-reaching effects it has on jobs, wages and our society in general.

We are tired of being reminded our ancestors were immigrants, but that is one way used to deflect discussion we should now be having on immigration in our country today, and not as it was when this country was being built and we needed immigrants. I think we can agree that the country has been built -- with a population now of 314 million.

The ruling class has forgotten how this country was made great -- by hard work, honesty, thriftiness, saving for the future, self-reliance and a general consensus that those virtues build a good and stable society. The ruling elite seem more interested in protecting their exalted positions in government rather than promoting the values that served us so well for so long.

There is a point at which the middle class, the backbone of our society, will have had enough of trying to support their own families, only to have to also support the many who come into this country and receive huge government benefits, paid by the taxes of the working middle class. I wonder when the point will come when they say, "Enough. No more."

Alice Leighton

Portland

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