March 22, 2013

Letters to the editor: Expanded MaineCare could help many

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Immigrants attend English classes at West School in Portland in 2012. Accepting federal Medicaid funds would not only allow access to health care but also create jobs, addressing a need in the immigrant community, an advocate says.

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Let's try a different approach to budgeting. The governor wants to cut assistance to counties. (He wants to recoup the money he gave away with his vote-buying tax cut.) Accept his plan.

Counties should get innovative! All sales taxes collected will remain in the county where the sales occurred. Each county will develop a formula to divide the sales taxes among the municipalities in the county.

A good programmer should have little trouble developing a program to control the collection and division of sales taxes collected.

Charles Copp

Westbrook

City Council's actions show little regard for taxpayers

It's time for a big change in Portland, once a great city to live in. The change I have in mind is replacing the entire City Council with people who have common sense.

I wish I had the time and space to write all the faults, but I don't, so here's a few: how they waste taxpayers' dollars and too many foolish ordinances affecting how we breathe, how we eat and how we drive. Now it's Styrofoam cups and food packaging.

They already have fouled up traffic coming and going into the city. Now they're reducing traffic lanes. But there's more to come! It's getting so you have to spend more time waiting and using more gas getting into the city.

City departments should have to carry over money not used into the next year, like the snowplowing and snow-removal budget, instead of spending leftover money.

It's getting so you can't smoke outside in places, but yet we will have to inhale fumes from trucks, cars and buses that are stopped waiting in traffic.

Take a look at all the ordinances they waste time writing that local police don't even enforce. And just think, we pay the city councilors to make these decisions for us.

Hint: How about spending your time trying to figure out how to lower taxes, cut spending and save the taxpayers' money for a change, instead of telling me what to drink my coffee out of or take my leftovers home in?

How about getting the panhandlers off the city streets begging for money before they cause a traffic accident?

Or better yet, have the gonads to stand up to those people who threaten to take the city to court over your ordinances, like the cab drivers at the jetport or the homeless on street corners.

But like I said before, the taxpayers have deep pockets. You don't care.

Frank Teras

Portland

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