July 19, 2013

Letters to the editor: Driver safety riding on fading lines

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Drivers hand change to a toll collector as they exit the Maine Turnpike at the Falmouth Spur in 2012. On the turnpike as well as on Interstate 295 and local streets, the lines that guide motorists are disappearing, a reader says.

2012 File Photo/Gordon Chibroski

The federal government guarantees that military recruiters receive equal access in our public schools. This controversy is simply another attempt to stereotype and discredit the Maine Democratic Party as anti-military and disloyal.

John M. Flagler

Alfred

Support for gun rights, call for border security don't mix

There is a faction of our populace who feels that the border must be secured before real immigration reform is passed.

Since there is a border to our north that they do not speak of, immigration is not their problem, but Mexican immigration is. I think by definition, this is bigotry.

Many of this same group feel that essentially any person should have complete unfettered access to firearms, as "guaranteed" by the Second Amendment. However, they believe that to vote, a person should be required to have a photo ID.

This is functional insanity. Restrictions on voting but none on weapons? Not in my America, thank you very much.

Jim Kavanagh

South Portland

Runoff will usher in leader who can serve all Mainers

Our gubernatorial election system is broken and needs fixing. No one as narrow-minded, arrogant and foul-mouthed as our present governor should ever be able to attain this high office by receiving less than 40 percent of the votes, as he did. The power that goes with this office should only be entrusted to a candidate who has the support of at least more than 50 percent of the electorate.

We are well-served by a governor who is respected, open-minded and dedicated to serving all the people of Maine.

Conversely, we are ill-served by a governor who cares little about the respect or the opinions of others and is in office primarily to promote his own private agenda.

It is time to change our election rules to require the attainment of more than 50 percent of the vote to be elected.

In situations where there are three or more candidates running and none receives more than 50 percent of the votes, there should be a runoff vote between the top two candidates to establish the winner.

No more LePages.

Robert L. Kelly

Boothbay Harbor

Only when cost of oil rises do we see immediate impact

Re: "Price of oil skyrockets $11 per barrel in two weeks" (Briefcase, July 11):

How come the morning we read about the price of a barrel of oil increasing, we consumers see immediate results at the pump? Yet, when the price drops, it can take weeks to drop at the pump.

Last Thursday morning on my way to the Jetport, a gas station on the Standish-Gorham line posted regular $3.55. An hour later, on my way home, it was $3.61! I ask again ... how come?

Judy Watson Ingram

Parsonsfield

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