December 1, 2012

Letters to the editor: Israel now faced with Arab democracy

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Mohammed Morsi
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With Mohammed Morsi as president, “popular will is now forged into a democratic instrument” in Egypt, presenting a challenge to Israel, a reader says.

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Oh yes, by the way, I am a Democrat, but I refuse to vote a "straight ticket" as many voters chose to do because they can't see beyond the (D) or (R) next to a candidate's name.

Kay Genovese

Portland

Space for 'A Slanted View' could be put to better use

I'm puzzled that "A Slanted View" has become a regular Saturday feature on the op-ed page of the Portland Press Herald, taking up a half page of space that could be better used for editorial purposes.

To me, it lacks humor, wit or purpose, and the delightful illustrations by Robin Swennes cannot redeem the pointless story line. Surely a few other readers feel the same way.

Barbara Doughty

Portland

Aid cuts won't ease deficit, will hurt senior citizens

When Congress talks about cutting Medicare benefits or making people wait longer to get on Medicare, I can only think back to the time when there was no Medicare.

More than half of all older Americans did not have any health insurance back then. Many folks lived in terrible poverty even though they had worked their whole lives.

Is this where we are heading? Toward the past? Instead of ending tax breaks for the rich, we're going to push senior citizens back into poverty? I cannot believe anyone in Congress would be so cruel.

My message is: Do not change Medicare! Protect it for my children and grandchildren because they are going to need it!

Rachel Sherman

Springvale

Congress is heading for a showdown on the deficit. Medicare and Social Security benefits seem to be the target.

We have to stand up and fight: Social Security has not contributed one penny to the deficit. The Social Security Trust Fund has a $2.6 trillion surplus that we and our employers built up over decades. It will last for decades, and the only thing needed to make Social Security solvent for decades to come is for people with income more than $110,000 to contribute the same percentage that I do.

I urge all voters to call Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins today and tell them to protect our grandchildren.

Let them know that we won't go down quietly if Congress cuts our grandchildren's benefits. Instead, we need to raise taxes on America's wealthiest because working people have already paid their fair share.

Raina Bumpus

Bridgton

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