December 16, 2010

More letters to the editor, Dec. 16, 2010: Era of big government is unaffordable

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When he was president, Bill Clinton said, “The era of big government is over.” A reader says it’s about time.

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Terence McManus

New Sharon 

York County food need continues to get larger 

This letter is a huge thank-you to all those good people and stores in York County who have supported food drives.

As a new board member for the York County Food Rescue program, I have seen your generosity firsthand.

As I stand and collect cans of food at area supermarkets, I am in awe listening to the stories that are shared with those donations.

Some people tell us how lucky they are to own their own home and are happy and healthy.

One woman donated 30 turkeys just because she could this year. A young man brought out his bag of groceries to add to the baskets and said he wanted to set an example of sharing for his children. He obviously has.

Still, there continues to be a need to assist families with enough food to keep them healthy and strong during these coldest months of the year.

Children should not leave home without a breakfast, pregnant moms should not sacrifice nutrition for their babes because they need to pay for heat. The elderly should not be hungry during the later years of their life.

As one woman said, "Any one of us could be in that position ourselves, someday."

Through the efforts of director Jodi Bissonnette, we furnish food without charge to 47 food pantries and meal programs in York County.

Food rescue is the practice of safely retrieving edible food that would otherwise go to waste and distributing it to those in need. Please consider making a donation to our program to help your neighbors in need. Mail your check made out to York County Food Rescue to York County Community Action, P.O. Box 72, Sanford, ME 04073.

Joan Dawson

Kennebunkport 

Man's bail far too low for his criminal record 

It was infuriating to read that a York County judge reduced bail on a career criminal from $5,000 to $250.

The man was arrested for eluding police and crashing his car into a car carrying a family of four.

He has served time in prison for drug trafficking, multiple counts of assault, carrying a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and drug possession.

What was the judge thinking? This is a dangerous man who flouts the laws of our state and could possibly hurt innocent people.

Is the judge trying to save the jail system some room and board expenditures by setting the bail so low he could easily bail out?

Or perhaps the judge is hoping he'll jump bail and flee to another state, thus saving this state the cost of a trial?

Kathleen Stevens

Portland 

Defending public lands keeps children happy 

Last month, my daughter celebrated her first birthday. She had an exciting first summer living in and visiting Maine's spectacular outdoor spaces experiencing all that our public lands have to offer.

We have been able to watch our newest addition to the family enjoy her natural playground thanks to conservation legislative measures that have protected our wilderness.

Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe should vote to protect our shared public lands and waters this year.

I want my daughter to experience Maine's natural heritage as long as she likes, whether it be on the Appalachian Trail or in Acadia National Park.

Brian Diamond-Falk

Portland

 

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