October 16, 2013

Letters to the editor: Solution to deadlock a smaller House

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks with reporters Tuesday in Washington. Thanks to modern technology, each House member could represent many more people “at a fraction of the cost to taxpayers,” a reader says.

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The recent tragic events in Washington, D.C., where an unarmed woman with a child in her car runs a barricade, panics, tries to get away and is cornered and shot to death by a phalanx of armed security is the latest testimony to overreaction.

This is the climate we live in, a shoot first (either verbally, as we see in Congress) or literally on the streets of our cities and then try to piece the story together. It’s best if individuals do their own information gathering, as the mainstream media are more for sensationalism than truth.

Case in point is that a search of the raw video of the above tragic event and the subsequent clips shown on media outlets shows the selectivity of various outlets as to what they choose to air. If you choose, if it hasn’t been erased, check and see if you can view the unexpurgated shots of that incident.

My friends and family in Canada don’t understand our issue with universal health care in the United States, nor our issue with gun control, and neither do I.

Nicole d’Entremont

Peaks Island 

Scarborough leash law aims to help threatened wildlife

It is disheartening to see that some residents of Scarborough are starting a petition drive against the recently adopted leash law (“Scarborough won’t enforce new leash law yet,” Oct. 8).

Many people do not understand the importance of protecting a species with which they have little or no contact. Wildlife need our help more than ever, because of habitat loss, and the piping plover is just one example of a species under stress and threat of extinction.

I am a volunteer dog walker at the Animal Refuge League and have a dog of my own. I understand that my dog and I have options about where we can walk; the piping plover has few options left.

Helen Hurgin

Windham 

King gives superb speech on the Affordable Care Act

It would be a great service to the public to refer people to the Angus King website – www.king.senate.gov – and scroll to where he makes his superb speech regarding the Affordable Care Act and health in general.

There is so much hatred (yes, hatred) about President Obama and Obamacare that people refuse to see the forest for the trees. Angus helps to make a lot of this clear.

Please take the time to be open-minded and to listen to what Angus has to say (all of it).

Bob Tripler

Cape Elizabeth

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