September 7, 2013

Letters to the editor: It's not too late to expand MaineCare

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Accepting federal funds to expand eligibility for MaineCare would have helped more than 16,000 Mainers age 50 to 64, says AARP Maine’s volunteer state president.

There are too many inconsistencies in the so-called evidence for us to make such a drastic decision to go to war.

Regardless of what cute terms our president and secretary of state want to use to minimize the seriousness of this action, dropping bombs or launching missiles against another country is a declaration of war.

There are reports out of Turkey that Turkish security forces apprehended Syrian rebel forces attempting to cross their border with a canister of sarin gas. The rebels are alleging the gas was supplied by Saudi Arabian sources. Please investigate this.

Secretary of State John Kerry is claiming "incontrovertible proof" that the Assad regime orchestrated and carried out the attacks. He just can't let us see the proof in order to protect the sources. Isn't this from the same playbook that led to the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? What delicious irony! Will he be for this war before he is against it?

We have no stake in Syria worth the risk that intervention will bring. To paraphrase our president, drawing a red line in the sand was an act of the (world) policeman acting stupidly! His pride will not allow him to back down. Better to let innocent civilians die than admit his mistake.

If Bashar Assad is truly responsible, use the World Court and indict him for crimes against humanity. Present the proof in court and convict him in absentia if necessary. He will become a prisoner in his own country, where he is already a target and despised by many.

Robert Pelletier


Paper slights WWII vets by ignoring historic dates

Omissions and mistakes are occasionally made in the news, but I find these most unbelievable.

June 6 came and went with no mention in the Portland Press Herald of the invasion of Normandy in 1944.

Then came Aug. 6 and 9, anniversaries of the world's first atomic bombings in 1945, and Aug. 15, the anniversary of the day in 1945 when Japan's emperor announced the surrender.

And then much to my dismay, there was no mention in the Press Herald of the events of Sept. 2, 1945: the signing on the USS Missouri of the agreement officially ending the greatest war mankind has ever known.

We remember all those who served, and especially those who paid the ultimate price -- along with their families, parents, wives, brothers and sisters and their unimaginable loss.

Update your calendar, Press Herald.

We salute all veterans.

Patrick M. Lawler


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