July 21, 2013

Letters to the editor: Engineer fall guy in train tragedy

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Lise Doyon, Jeannot Labrecque
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Lise Doyon and a friend, Jeannot Labrecque, place a picture of her son Kevin Roy, a victim of the derailed oil train explosion, at the Ste-Agnes church in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on July 13. The people who decided that the train could be operated with a one-person crew played a major role in the disaster, which killed 50 people, a reader says.

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For the goal of justice to be achieved, this unreasonable opinion of Mr. Meron's cannot be allowed to stand.

To whom do we appeal for what is right in this very serious matter? Into whose ears do we citizens of every country scream, demanding that Mr. Meron be removed from the war crimes tribunal and his opinion in this matter rescinded?

And regarding the suspicion that the U.S. and Israel pressured judges to reverse rules that could limit counterterrorism of both countries, we sometimes too-trusting citizens of a supposedly democratic country need an in-depth investigation by "Frontline," which I trust to get to the crux of the matter.

A deluge of emails -- or letters -- to the members of the war crimes tribunal seems appropriate.

Loretta MacKinnon


Anthem oversteps bounds by denying ALS coverage

I am a retired physician and specialist in critical care medicine and would like to commend Bill Nemitz for his column regarding Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and John and Gail Kennett ("ALS sufferer, husband, in health care limbo," July 14).

First, let me extend my sympathy and best wishes to the Kennetts, who are both going through a tragic ordeal with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Mrs. Kennett's physicians and her medical staff at Maine Medical Center have deemed it to be in her best interest to remain in the critical care unit at MMC, and she is insured by Anthem.

The executives sitting in their ivory tower at Anthem are in no position to practice medicine. The practice of insurance companies making medical decisions is anathema, and I condemn it in the strongest terms possible.

If Anthem chooses to deny the Kennetts' claim, it should return all past premiums paid by them.

James M. Klick, M.D., FCCM


Revised 'full-time' definition will greatly affect employees

Before Sen. Susan Collins changes the U.S. health care bill to say full-time is someone who works 30 hours per week to someone who works 40, she must do a study of workers' hours. Which businesses only allow their employees to work 30 hours (or less) a week so they can forgo giving them health, sick and vacation benefits?

American workers deserve a piece of the Big Business pie. Union busting and other fancy Republican-led antics push workers further away from making a decent living. Are they saying the American workers don't deserve a fair share in their employers' profits?

Fairness is the issue here. Sen. Collins would do well to find out how workers are going to be affected by her changes, rather than just the businesses they work for. I understand how and why "30 to 40 hours a week" came to be. American workers deserve better.

Jackie Freitas


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