April 19, 2013

Letters to the editor: Keep East Coast free of drilling

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Unless we want to see things like this all along our coastlines, we should stop oil companies from seismic air gun testing.

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Buddy Doyle


Hardworking Mainers deserve health coverage

Too many Mainers are forced to delay the care they need, or go without it, because they cannot afford health insurance.

By accepting federal funds for health care coverage, Maine has an opportunity to cover more people while saving millions of dollars and growing our economy.

Taking advantage of the federal funding available to Maine will stimulate $350 million in economic activity and create more than 3,100 jobs, according to the Maine Center for Economic Policy.

Insuring more hardworking Mainers will reduce health insurance cost-shifts to businesses and give Maine a competitive advantage over states that do not. If we don't accept federal funds, our taxes will go to other states, and Maine will lose the potential benefit.

My friends and I are in our 20s. We've watched our parents and grandparents struggle with the cost of health care.

As young adults, we worry about the future we're inheriting. Accepting federal funds will save the state the millions of dollars spent treating the uninsured in emergency rooms, reducing our long-term debt.

Providing 69,500 more people with the health care they need is an investment in Maine's future.

Healthy people are productive; healthy communities are secure and thrive. That's the kind of place we wanted to live when we grew up. Let's cover Maine now.

Nicole Grigg


Ethanol mandate drives up prices of food and gasoline

Ethanol in gas is a good example of bad government policy. The government passed a law to reduce pollution and global warming, for which it is unlikely to help, and aid large farming firms, who already are oversubsidized.

You get the picture.

These are some of the unintended consequences of the government's interference in free enterprise:

Skyrocketing corn prices burdening beef producers, housewives and other corn users.

Costly damage to gasoline engines.

Increased production costs.

Less efficiency in generating power, causing more air pollution.

No state legislature should regulate the gas formula. That is Congress' responsibility, and they should get out of the gasoline-alcohol business, prohibit mixing the two and stop wasting the taxpayers' money on debating it.

Get out!

John Kelley


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