October 7, 2013

Letters to the editor: Food stamp recipient defends program

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A writer bemoans congressional handling of legislation related to food stamps, which Mainers obtain with a state-issued debit card.

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When left in peace, lobsters can live to be more than 100 years old. They have elaborate courtship rituals, take seasonal journeys, remember past acquaintances and don’t want to die.

Heather Moore

PETA Foundation Norfolk, Va.

National security threats include climate change

Climate change is a huge problem both globally and domestically.

Whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, sea levels are rising, temperatures are climbing, species are disappearing and people are losing their lives.

To ignore climate change is to ignore a major threat to our national security.

Even within the insulated borders of the United States, people are beginning to see very real changes as a result of climate change.

With sea levels rising on each coast and storms such as hurricanes intensifying in the East, and wildfires raging as rainfalls decrease in the West, people lives are very much at risk.

Climate change is killing people right here in the United States. If that’s not a security risk, then I don’t know what is.

The only way to give this issue the proper care and attention it deserves is to treat it with the same urgency and importance as we treat terrorism direct threat to national security.

The time for small changes, and doing things like turning off the water while you brush your teeth, is over.

It’s time for some very real change, on a national level.

Declaring climate change as a national security issue sounds extreme. However, the time has come for extreme. We have ignored too many warning signs, and now we are facing a worldwide crisis the likes of which we have never seen before.

If the United States can treat this issue with the importance and severity that it deserves, it might be possible to slow down this crisis.

We cannot reverse it entirely but we can try. We have to be bold, though, and we have to act now.

Abbie McIvor

North Yarmouth

Donations suggest LePage losing some supporters

Gov. LePage has made so many mistakes that people – Mainers and out-of-staters – are choosing not to support him in the same way they did in his first gubernatorial campaign.

Our well-known moderate Sen. Susan Collins has chosen not to contribute to his 2014 campaign at all. Former Sen. Olympia Snowe has not made a contribution, either. In fact, she didn’t make a contribution in 2010. Her husband made a $3,000 contribution in his name. Can we read anything into this lack of support?

Businesses are not supporting LePage as they had in 2010. According to the recent campaign finance report submitted by LePage, he had received a measly $22,500 from businesses in 2013. Could it be that business is putting more distance between itself and LePage?

And lastly, those Mainers giving less than $50 total a whopping $5,500 for LePage. That should come as no surprise. LePage is finally being recognized as not being out to help the everyday Mainer. Who does LePage help?

Roy Quinn


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