November 13, 2013

Letters to the editor: Small-school climate will pay off

Regular public schools are capable of offering the same benefits as charter facilities.

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However, it seems as if in modern times only al-Qaida has practiced that well, and even that group lost some of its understanding of that principle since its success of 9/11.

The U.S. national security complex itself also lost much of that when it began to provide too-wide access to too much of its sensitive material, leading to both the Chelsea Manning and the Edward Snowden affairs. And apparently a big segment of the public doesn’t appreciate what spilling their guts on the Internet can mean.

But don’t tell anyone that I told you this. I’m sure that you won’t.

Richard B. Innes


Supporters of Obamacare present off-base arguments

Adding to the debate on the Affordable Care Act, recent comments published on this page deserve a response.

John Graham of Woolwich (“More objectivity needed in discussion of insurance,” Nov. 4) objects to the assertion that the government is stealing from the young to give to the elderly and asks how the Affordable Care Act is different from life, auto and homeowners insurance.

The answer is easy: We are not forced to buy those other forms of insurance unless we drive or live in homes that we do not yet fully own.

As for the assurances from John Manderino of Buxton (“Obamacare is the most misunderstood law,” Nov. 5) that we will not be forced to change doctors or our existing insurance plans:

There are already several instances that have been reported in which people have been notified by their insurers of cancellation on their policies and the subsequent requirement that they find new plans.

Further, the writer chooses to forget the late-night gerrymandering in Congress that resulted in the bill’s passage.

In his letter, also published Nov. 5, Tom Foley of Cumberland Foreside hit the nail on the head when he expressed the sentiment that the Affordable Care Act may be “the most misunderstood piece of legislation in recent history.”

After all, was it not Nancy Pelosi who told us that the public would not know what is in the law until it was passed?

Michael A. Smith


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