November 5, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Obamacare is the most misunderstood law

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Whatever else it might be, the Affordable Care Act is not an example of socialized medicine. Private health insurance is alive and well in the United States, a reader insists.

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Imagine, if you will, a world without volunteers. Then you’d have to imagine a world without senior citizens. For our communities rely on them, on their willingness, enthusiasm, expertise, experience, knowledge and their time to help in a hundred different ways. Think of hospice without volunteers, a museum without tour guides, Habitat for Humanity, the causes they become involved in: political, literacy, environmental, to name a few. And advocates for abused women, AARP, our very own Senior College, hospitals, libraries, schools, nursing homes and churches.

Volunteerism can enrich a senior’s life long after retirement by bringing the joy of satisfaction in helping others, feeling fulfilled, making new friends, and keeping his or her mind active.

Long live our seniors!!

Anne Thompson

Phippsburg

Give the poor a break on costs of trash collection

It’s amazing how much duct tape I have observed on the blue city bins used by homeowners for collection of recyclables. A new bin costs $10, as does a package of the 15- or 30-gallon bags.

A lot of people in low-income areas where I work have attempted to at least separate by different containers or bags – only to be denied pickup, with an official notice that all recycling must be in official bins, and all trash must be in official bags. Is this city so desperate for money that it forgets the poor?

Keith Lewis

Portland

Remember 18 soldiers lost in Somalia 20 years ago

Twenty years ago, on Oct. 3, 1993, Task Force Ranger lost 18 brave soldiers during combat operations in Mogadishu, Somalia. Please keep these men and their families in your thoughts and prayers today. Thanks.

Robert Cejka

Brunswick

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