November 16, 2013

Letters to the editor: ‘Religious freedom’ bill offers special privileges

L.D. 1428 would erode the constitutional separation of church and state, according to the Atheists of Maine.

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Maine’s Legislature should reject “An Act to Protect Religious Freedom,” letter writers say, because it would undermine separation of church and state.

William J. Leffler II


Collins’ failure to support right to marry disappoints

Kevin Miller writes in the Maine Sunday Telegram (“Washington Notebook: Compromise making welcome return in Senate,” Nov. 10) that Sen. Susan Collins has not “explicitly endorsed” marriage equality.

If there has been some implied or tacit endorsement by Sen. Collins in favor of same-sex marriage, most Mainers are unaware of it.

She neglected to state a position on the issue in advance of (or since) the successful marriage equality initiative in November 2012. Sen. Collins said this is a state issue, but failed to take a forthright position when the issue was voted on in her state. This hardly counts as leadership.

While Collins has voted in favor of some civil rights bills in this realm, her silence on the subject of marriage equality is baffling and disappointing.

Marian McCue


Laughter is one medicine for Obamacare troubles

Top 10 Obamacare slogans:

10. Before calling, smoke a joint so you can enjoy the wait!

9. Need health care? We’re listening. Oops. Sorry. That’s the National Security Agency!

8. Obamacare – we answer every 500th call!

7. You can keep your own doctor as long as it’s Dr. Kevorkian!

6. If someone answers, you dialed it wrong!

5. Obamacare – ready before its time!

4. It’s like buying your first car. Remember that Edsel?

3. Obamacare – we are a pre-existing condition!

2. If Halloween didn’t scare you, this will!

1. Two words: Please hold!

Don Ray


Higher FairPoint fee would hurt Maine senior citizens

The recent request by FairPoint Communications for a monthly $2 increase per line for a provider of last resort service fee is really another tax to gouge Maine customers for its landline users (“FairPoint fee-hike request will prompt Maine review of basic phone service,” Nov. 14).

I would hope the Maine Public Utilities Commission does not approve such a new tax upon its people, especially senior citizens in Maine who depend on phone landlines for emergencies, but I am also not confident the PUC truly represents the people of Maine when making its decisions.

Maine ratepayers are already being nickeled and dimed with higher utility bills, and this means many customers on fixed incomes will have to again cut spending elsewhere to help increase the profits for the shareholders of FairPoint Communications.

Richard Bernard


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