May 7, 2013

Letters to the editor: Laptop switch will cost more than it saves

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Students Jessy Brewer, left, and Kiara Neal work on their laptops at King Middle School in Portland in 2012. Apple’s exclusive contract to provide laptops to Maine middle school students is coming to an end. Readers are skeptical about the move to HP and Windows 8.

2012 File Photo/Gregory Rec

One, introduced by a Republican, will replace the matching funds feature of the Clean Election program. The other, introduced by a Democrat, will address gaps in funding disclosures in Maine elections.

In a particularly rancorous and partisan atmosphere consumed by negativity emanating from the Blaine House, Maine lawmakers have stepped up in the name of positive change.

I, for one, am excited for the opportunity to encourage our elected officials to work with, rather than against, each other to restore the most democratic principle of a government by and for the people, not wealthy special interests.

Lucas Desmond

Portland

Sen. King's vote for U.N. arms treaty disappointing

In response to your recent supportive, expansive coverage of U.S. Sen. Angus King, I would like to add that our independent senator recently added his name to 44 Democratic senators and one other independent to allow our constitutional rights to be given over to the United Nations.

Fortunately, 53 of our nation's senators voted against the United Nations small arms treaty.

The 53-46 vote narrowly passed a measure that will stop the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade treaty, thus placing our country and its Constitution under the control of an international organization that has often shown clear bias against us.

The statement of purpose of the bill read: "To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade treaty."

I can't imagine why a senator from the state of Maine would be willing to give any of our constitutional rights to the United Nations.

F.R. Heyner

retired colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserve

Old Orchard Beach

Don't call Cutler the 'spoiler' in 2010 race

Again and again, Eliot Cutler is blamed as the spoiler who allowed Paul LePage to win the governor's race in 2010.

Could the politicians, party loyalists and the continuous stream of letter writers to the Press Herald please explain why the second-place candidate in a three-way race -- where the third-place candidate (Democrat Libby Mitchell) garnered only 19 percent of the vote, compared to LePage's 38.2 and Cutler's 36.5 -- was the "spoiler"?!

It seems very clear that the Democratic Party was the spoiler, not the independent, Cutler.

T. Donn Hunt

Yarmouth

 

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