September 9, 2013

Letters to the editor: Call to oust Obama misreads Constitution

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A letter urging the American people to impeach President Obama ignores the fact that under the Constitution, only Congress can remove the president from office via impeachment, a reader says.

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I join Demeritt in his praise for present and former national officeholders who are Maine Republicans. 

But let's be realistic: LePage is no Margaret Chase Smith, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins or Bill Cohen.

Demeritt defends LePage as a "good but hard man bringing an entirely new approach to a very tough job." 

There have been many "hard" Republicans (and Democrats) who, in "tough" circumstances, have performed great services for their state and country without being offensive.

LePage's "straight talk" and bullying tactics neither represent nor uphold the honorable traditions of a once-proud Republican Party. 

His derogatory comments are not only offensive to the majority of Maine citizens, but as Demeritt points out, they reflect very badly on his fellow Republicans. 

Only minority tea party extremists condone and encourage the governor's speaking his mind freely.

Demeritt expresses his concern that LePage's "weak" denial and "bad" cover-up of this latest incident will lead to disaster for his party. 

It is my opinion that LePage has been disastrous not only for his party but the entire state as well since the day he was elected.

Demeritt is optimistic that LePage will eventually make him "proud of ... his accomplishments," in spite of the governor's record of being "inaccurate and just plain wrong many times in his public statements." 

I cannot share his optimism.

Phyllis Kamin


Profits from Poland Spring not worth drain on resource

It was with great interest I read the front-page story ("For regulators and Nestle Waters, conflict by the gallon," Sept. 1) on the interface between Fryeburg Water Co. and Poland Spring (Nestle Waters North America).

All one has to do is park by the side of the road in Poland and watch the big green tankers roll by every 20 minutes or so, pulled by a Poland Spring tractor. They are full of water from Maine's aquifer.

Money from this endeavor is headed for the pockets of lawyers and board members of this Swiss-held company, Nestle (Poland Spring). Yes, it does bring jobs to Maine, but more importantly, it destroys and depletes a natural resource that Maine is known for, its water, and indirectly affects Maine's biggest industry -- tourism.

I would hope that the contract negotiations and outcome are not tainted by the quest for dollars lining the pockets of the corporate machine guised in the cloak of jobs for Maine.

Signing any agreement for 25 years, in my view, is not in the best interest of citizens or the natural resources of Maine.

Mike Schobinger


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