July 9, 2012

Letters to the editor: Inspection system too costly

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Getting an inspection sticker too often leads to expensive work on things that don’t involve vehicle safety, a reader says.

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If you look at the facts, it is the right that has created its own version of this by trying to turn the middle class against the lower socioeconomic population by suggesting that our taxes should not be supporting this portion of the population.

This is how the right has duped the population into believing that their policies will help them when they benefit only the wealthy minority who love to see the gap get wider between the "haves" and the "have-nots."

Look at how wide the gap has become since the tax credits for wealthy Americans were enacted. Trickle-down economics does not work!

The greed of the wealthy prevents "self-governed" control, with corporations and shareholders looking for increased profits every year as part of their business plan. Why create jobs with the money they receive when they can save money by eliminating them and making the working class do more for less?

When is the working-class portion of the Republican Party going to wake up and look at the facts?

John Glenn


If you don't vote, you lose chance to fix government

Westbrook's city clerk told me that 10 percent of Westbrook registered voters participated in the June 12 primary election. Only 1,500 people out of 11,500!

Do Westbrook residents believe their vote "won't count"? Do the simple arithmetic, and you can see how disastrous this thinking is when applied to the population of the United States! People say government is out of control. What better way to put a check on overspending, career politicians, executive orders or local budgets than using your power -- the vote -- to work toward solutions?

Remedies won't come overnight, but remember what our forefathers have done protecting the United States and the American way, which includes the right to vote, a much-admired and desired right throughout the world, and be inspired.

The outcome of the June 12 primary is a serious matter. We are electing a U.S. senator who will be in a powerful position in Washington representing the citizens of Maine. A Senate position doesn't come up very often. Senators tend to stick around, having six-year terms.

Our 1st Congressional District House member is being challenged by a candidate of another party with a different philosophy -- a big and important opportunity for voters. Local issues deserve to be voted on as well. That paltry 10 percent includes independents/unenrolled who vote on local issues, most of all, the school budget.

I will never squander my right to vote. It's the best influence I have to affect our government! Small by itself but powerful as one of many. We must be vigilant.

The apathy in Westbrook and in the state is discouraging, yes, and I fear human nature doesn't change. Thomas Jefferson observed many years ago: "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."

Rose Marie Russell


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