September 18, 2013

Letters to the editor: Governor was right to resist expansion

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Paul LePage
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Gov. LePage takes a sip out of a coffee mug displaying a “no new taxes” message in a 2012 file photo. By declining to accept Affordable Care Act funds to expand MaineCare eligilbility, the governor and his Republican allies in the Legislature saved Maine taxpayers money, a reader says.

2012 Associated Press File Photo/Pat Wellenbach

Let's wake up and look at this monstrous massacre and listen to the explosions and crackling gunfire. Too bad we cannot actually touch these slippery, blood-covered bodies, and feel the tears on relatives' cheeks to really remind us of our involvement and responsibility.

This, fellow Americans, is shameful and disgraceful, and every one of us must bear responsibility and confess to the fact that we paid for this with hard-earned tax dollars.

Yes, we sent billions to bankroll this show. Egypt is the second biggest recipient of our foreign aid, and Egypt is on fire. We are pyromaniacs in this terrible drama.

Billions are sent there only to return here to purchase military hardware and bullets. We pay the salaries of strutting jerks with clicking heels who pull the triggers -- while at home Americans stand in line seeking jobs, food stamps and unemployment checks.

We, too, are jerks, and we need to fess up because there is blood on our hands. When we turn the TV off, we must remember that the show is still going on, and we are paying for it. This is not HBO.

How, then, can we confess and repent our bankrolling these atrocities? Easy. Cut out this letter and send copies to Sen. Angus King. This will remind him that he is perfectly positioned to help us both morally and financially.

As an independent employed by us, he can sidestep the usual political mumbo-jumbo and raise his voice on our behalf in the Senate to its maximum, demanding we send only humanitarian aid to Egypt. Let's paralyze their military by eliminating payday.

Richard C. Dillihunt, M.D.


Led by Portland cab driver, tour of city delights visitor

I want to tell you about a delightful afternoon that I spent in your town Aug. 17.

I had to wait for four hours at the Portland bus station to be picked up due to a delay. I asked a taxi driver to suggest ways to spend my time, and he said he did tours for a reasonable price.

It was most satisfactory. He took me to two lighthouses and all over your fair city, including the waterfront and all the main parts of interest.

His name is Iman Ali of Maine Green Taxi. I think he should do tours for a living -- he was that good.

Betty Butler

Corte Madera, Calif.


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