September 16, 2013

Letters to the editor: Common Core promotes Western writings

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The writer of a letter criticizing the Common Core standards for their “global” focus presented misinformation, a reader says.

Have you heard his comments on:

Republicans cutting taxes on Maine's top 1 percent so that everyone else's taxes have to go up to pay for it? Not a word.

The effect of cutting off the circuit-breaker program for the middle class and poor and suspending revenue-sharing for two years so that municipalities all over Maine have to increase property taxes? Silence.

Grading schools A-F with little or no help to local districts to improve schools with failing grades? Silence.

How LePage and the Republicans rejected the 100 percent federally financed Medicaid expansion that would have covered 70,000 Mainers' health care, and all the jobs that expansion would have generated? Silence.

The budget impasse with Le-Page vetoing a hard-won Democratic budget and how Republicans helped Democrats override his veto? No applause.

LePage's alleged comment at a fundraiser about Obama's hating white people, then his denials about it? Absolutely silent.

LePage's refusal to develop a state health exchange for the implementation of Obamacare? Silence.

Remember Eliot Cutler's silence when it comes time to choose between him and Mike Michaud for governor. He hasn't been active. Hasn't put his prestige on the line, commented on or clarified issues important to Mainers.

If you have any interest in seeing Paul LePage replaced by a mensch for governor, vote for Mike Michaud.

Stan Spiegel


Allen's call for Syrian strike consistent with Iraq stance

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Allen's recent letter ("Use of gas compels action in Syria," Sept. 10) calling for bombing Syria reveals the sad state of politics in our country.

It is a distortion of history that Mr. Allen helped lead a fight against the war on Iraq when he voted to fund that war every year thereafter.

The U.S. spends more money on the military than most of the world combined. It is a big business that has made a lot of rich people richer, while making the poor poorer, in addition to causing hundreds of thousands of casualties of our own citizens.

Politicians have perpetuated the myth that we must have the primary role in guarding most of the world. The U.S. has hundreds of thousands of troops in Europe, Korea, Japan, the Middle East and many other outposts.

We pay more for this "protection" than the countries that host these military garrisons. The rest of the world is without skin in the game, and they are reluctant to play a role in their own backyards. We have become the world's police. Why?

It is time for a new realism. The U.S. cannot be the default defender of the world, or the human and economic costs will bury us all.

We must significantly reduce the size of the military and reinvest in infrastructure, education and technology at home instead of war.

Politicians must begin to govern in the best interests of all of our citizens, or they must be replaced by others who will.

Dexter J. Kamilewicz

Orr's Island

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