August 19, 2013

Letters to the editor: Enforce dog ordinance – don't alter it

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An adult plover stands close by a nesting plover chick. The killing of a chick by an unleashed dog on Scarborough’s Pine Point Beach has prompted the town to propose leashing all beachgoing dogs during plover nesting season.

Photo by Amanda Reed/Maine Audubon

I know Maine Med President Rich Petersen gets more than $1 million a year. I also know hospitals seem to have to pay high salaries to keep people, but Maine Med didn't have to look very far for a president. He was already in their backyard as vice president, so he didn't have to be wooed too hard.

Adding insult to injury, though my family member will be able to carry her insurance with her short term, she will have to buy supplemental insurance when Medicare kicks in because Maine Med won't let her continue with their insurance after age 65.

There was a plan in place that would let you carry their insurance if you turned 55 by the year 2004. She missed that plan by one year! And she already had 24 years of service at that time. So, Rich Petersen, and all you other Rich Petersens, will you also be buying your own supplemental insurance when the time comes?

Your recent actions show how much you really don't value your dedicated employees. Nurses hold the lives of your patients (also known as income) in their hands (literally), and 12 weeks' severance is the best you can do? Shame on you.

Jeanne Macbeth

Derby Line, Vt.

Income tax on state visitors overlooks their contributions

Letter-writer Robert Smart of Millinocket makes the argument that people who come to their homes in Maine in the summer should "pay their fair share," perhaps by taxing their income on a prorated basis ("With all the rich summer folks, why is state so poor?" Aug. 10).

While, as he says, they use our roads and bridges, they also pay our gasoline tax. And while they do not use our schools, they do pay property tax, which largely goes to education.

A person's income is, in fact, of little value in calculating what that person costs others in terms of the services they obtained from the state. Rather than basing what the state collects from taxpayers on their income, I suggest we base it on what they collect from the state.

Of course, given our penchant for redistribution, some will ask how this approach would provide for those who need more than they have, given that others have more than they need.

And opening that seemingly benign Pandora's box puts us right back in the situation we currently find ourselves in, trying to extract as much money from anyone able to pay, regardless of what they cost the rest of us.

William Vaughan Jr.

Chebeague Island

Parking ticket's sting eased by anonymous benefactor

Last Monday, I was trying to catch the 12:15 ferry to Peaks Island. I spent 40 minutes looking for space in a parking garage or lot, but they were all full.

I finally parked on the street, knowing that I would get a parking ticket, which I did. On top of the ticket was a hand-written note saying, "I noted that you got a ticket, so, here you go, this one is on me!" It was signed: "Sumone #Gishwhes 2013."

Whoever you are, I would like to thank you for making an already beautiful day even more beautiful.

Margaret Bearor

South Portland

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