Tuesday, December 10, 2013
We are seeing our nation turning into a Third World country thanks to our self-serving, greedy leadership.
A letter writer says the House, Senate and Supreme Court have been bought by super PACs.
2003 Associated Press File
We see our votes being ignored, thanks to the Supreme Court's decision to create a loophole to allow undisclosed contributions via the super PAC. So much for setting fundraising limits.
If both parties were to donate their campaign chests, and the money spent on the parties by lobbyists, they could wipe out our national debt and repay all the IOUs to the Social Security Trust Fund.
What a waste of money!
It appears that the House, Senate, Supreme Court and the presidency have all been bought and paid for by the super PAC.
We have become sitting ducks. Greed seems to overrule their duty to protect and work for us.
Who, indeed, can we trust to live up to their promises?
Guess my grandma was right. She said, "Why do you bother to vote? The trough remains the same, only the pigs change."
Barbara G. Underwood
Turnpike's new toll plan creates no-choice situation
I am writing to you in regard to the recent letter I received from the Maine Turnpike Authority.
I originally lived in Massachusetts, where I am currently employed.
Approximately three years ago, when I decided to purchase a home, I looked in several locations from Massachusetts through New Hampshire to Maine.
I decided that Maine was the best fit for me.
The tree-draped landscapes, the people and the general feel I get from the Maine environment were all the reasons I needed to make a 30-year commitment to property in Maine, regardless of the additional toll I was adding to my commute.
So when I signed up to the commuter plan for two vehicles, I was under the assumption that the MTA was a fair and just organization and the commuter plan and the charges were justified.
You can imagine my outrage when I received the letter from the MTA informing me they have arbitrarily decided to "restructure" the commuter toll program.
This will triple my expenses to commute five days a week for work.
In this day and age the middle class is subjected to many political issues, such as being overtaxed, underpaid and being taken advantage of by organizations that are aware the middle class has no choice but to just simply pay and be quiet.
I am disgusted at the MTA's new "plan."
It is just plain thievery for thievery's sake, especially when they realize that people will, in fact, have no choice and simply just pay and be quiet.
There are no alternatives for commuters on I-95.
Is this the message that the state of Maine wants to send to its hardworking, tax-paying residents and visitors?
John P. Gerakines
Ending tax cuts for rich would aid small business
I've run a photography studio in Portland for 27 years.
As a small-business owner, I hire when the demand is there.
Really has nothing to do with tax rate.
Really pretty simple: We hire when the business supports it.
Unless Congress acts first, at the stroke of midnight Dec. 31 about a trillion dollars worth of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes will lock in, very likely spinning us into another recession.
Reducing debt requires less spending and more revenue.
The president and Congress have already agreed to a trillion dollars in cuts over the next decade.
A good starting place would be to allow tax cuts to expire for the 2 percent of American households that make more than a quarter-million dollars a year.
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