July 9, 2013

Letters to the editor: LePage dismisses legislators' decisions

Of course, Gov. LePage doesn't care what I think. I'm part of the 61 percent who didn't vote for him and part of the even larger group who will now never vote for him.

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By vetoing broadly supported proposals on climate change and tar sands transport, Gov. LePage, above, shows he thinks “he alone knows best,” a reader says.

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It's not only the vulgar language unbecoming the head of a state, it's the reflexive vetoes of bills that the Legislature worked long and hard to pass, often with a bipartisan majority.

The arrogance comes in his thinking that he alone knows best.

Does he already know that no study of the environmental impacts of tar sands transport through Maine would be helpful in planning and weighing our options?

Does he already know exactly what to do in the face of an obviously changing climate so that we don't need any study to prepare for the changes we already see happening?

Does he know how climate change will affect our forestry and fishing industries?

Where does he get all this certainty that leads to the vetoes of perfectly sensible proposals?

If he is truly interested in making Maine a more friendly state for business, why did he insist on reopening the bids for wind energy contracts? Statoil's reaction to his demonstration of executive unreliability and whimsy will be noted by other businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Maine.

Is this what he thinks makes for a friendly climate for business? I don't think so.

Harold McWilliams


Fight to improve treatment of mentally ill continues

The column in June 26's Press Herald on mental health struck more than my eye ("Still working to improve treatment of mental illness").

More than half a century ago, I was introduced to a doctor in Rhode Island who, when he got my name, promptly asked if I were any relation to Margaret Madeira. (She was chairman of the National Mental Health Foundation, which promoted reform of the mental health system.)

I said, "Yes, she's my mother. Why?" He said, "You have no idea what that woman has done for mental health in this country." I said, "Oh, yes, I do." I see the battle is still being fought.

Those who doubt the reality of mental illness or the suffering it can cause should read a biography of Robert Schumann.

This reader hopes that Anne Michaud will continue the battle.

Francis Madeira

conductor emeritus, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra


Say your 'I love yous' now -- tomorrow may be too late

In a phone call, my life was turned upside-down. No warning, no expectation. Another wake-up call! Now so much left unsaid and undone.

A reminder that life is short and unpredictable at best! We make plans without any guarantees. Plans are often disrupted and beyond our control.

We think that there will be time to do those things we have delayed, to say "I love you" to those we truly care about, to prepare. In an instant, time can end for each of us. No more time. No second chance.

How will our family and friends remember us? Whose lives will we touch? What can we do today to make a difference in someone's life?

There is so little time to attend to the things that truly matter. Most of us spend our lives chasing dreams that distract us from the important issues of life. Use each day with utmost care as a gift from God. Take time for the things that matter.

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