January 24, 2013

Letters to the Editor: LePage out of touch on public education

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Gov. Paul LePage is notable for the degree to which he disparages “the quality of traditional public education” in his home state, says a reader.

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My Plan B is to make major changes to our social safety net -- that would be Mr. Burke's and my Medicare and Social Security. Again, I ask him to articulate what he means by "significant expense cuts."

John Schaberg


Recent news confirms need to act on global warming 

Recent weeks have delivered floods of compelling data, confirming the grim effects of global warming ("Report: Climate change disastrous already," Jan. 12).

Coming on the heels of events like Superstorm Sandy and 2012 being the hottest year on record, the new National Climate Assessment draft report should serve as yet another wake-up call for decision-makers that strong action on global warming is urgently needed.

Maine and the Northeast region will continue to experience heat waves, sea level rise, coastal flooding and extreme precipitation jeopardizing our environment and economy from tourism to agriculture. Sandy's too-close-to-home strike, the report says, shows the vulnerability of our region to climate change.

The clean energy solutions that will combat global warming by cutting carbon emissions are right in front of us.

President Obama needs to take this opportunity to set the first-ever federal carbon pollution limits for new and existing power plants. We can curb the dangerous effects of warming in Maine that are outlined in this report.

Alison Giest

field organizer, Environment Maine


Let's make industry pay for high cost of alcohol abuse 

Alcohol has been linked to 75,000 U.S. deaths a year, and "excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States." (www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6089353/.../alcohol-linked-us-deaths-year/)

So I wonder why the government has never gone after the makers of alcohol for extra taxes or to have them help pay for rehab facilities and halfway houses for those in need.

With more than three-quarters of our jails filled with people committing offenses under the influence of alcohol and the court system backed up, maybe we need to look at the cause and effect created by this in our country.

We look at everything else except one drug that kills 2,500,000 people worldwide annually.

Gary Stetson



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