March 19, 2013

Letters to the editor: To draw students, raise pay for tech jobs

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A Raytheon software engineer stretches in a robotic suit made for the Army in Salt Lake City in 2008. A reader says median salaries for software engineering and information technology jobs in Maine “tend to fall significantly behind national median salaries” for the same type of work.

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Here, on the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, which has prevented the extinction of 99 percent of species entrusted to its protection, we should be doing everything we can to protect our most vulnerable plants and animals – and that “we” includes the U.S. Navy.

Peter Esterquest

Falmouth

LePage ignores options in fighting food stamp fraud

The U.S. Department of Agriculture denied Gov. LePage’s proposal to require Electronic Benefits Transfer (food stamps) users to provide photo IDs at purchase, “saying that the use of photo ID would be ineffective in reducing fraud and abuse,” LePage said in his March 2 radio address.

LePage, true to form, fired back with an angry rant on his address. He called the USDA’s opinion “a shocking statement,” which to me speaks volumes to just how stubbornly the governor holds on to his disillusioned beliefs that state services like EBT cards are overrun by frauds and crooks.

That’s not to say that fraud doesn’t take place. What the USDA is saying is that the solution to getting rid of the fraud that does take place does not lie in the requirement of photo IDs. That is the reality of the situation, but LePage is “shocked” by it.

Rather than trying to figure out a better alternative based on what credible resources have told him, the governor is once again holding on to his own misguided opinions with complete disregard for the quality of life for struggling Mainers.

Chris Ledue Shorr

Portland

Sen. Collins wise to back states’ rights on marriage

In response to the March 14 letter by Marc Rigrodsky (“Collins’ marriage stance disappoints”), in which he was disappointed that Susan Collins did not join the rest of the Maine congressional delegation in urging the Supreme Court to find the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional:
He believes this shows a lack of political courage on Susan Collins’ part.

I think that just the opposite is true. Sometimes it takes a lot of courage to stand alone on your beliefs when others are going in a different direction. I think we need to encourage more state power in important issues of our times and less federal oversight.

David Ryder

Portland

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