July 13, 2013

Letters to the editor: Liberal bias clouds view of Obamacare

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A recent editorial about the delay in implementing a provision of the Affordable Care Act didn’t take note of President Obama’s exaggerations about the law’s benefits, a reader says.

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As someone whose father has multiple sclerosis, I am worried that I, too, will develop this terrible disease. And if that day comes, I will need MaineCare to cover the extensive and expensive services I would need.

We don't understand the argument that we can't afford to expand health care. The truth is we can't afford not to.

Thomas Ptacek

Homeless Voices for Justice


Rearview mirror might have saved bicycler's life

The unfortunate tragic accident that recently took the life of a young biker might have been avoided if he'd had a bike rearview mirror. A mirror should be standard required equipment (like a helmet) for any road biker.

Like many other bikers, I had a similar experience when I suddenly found myself on a major highway while biking on an unfamiliar route and was passed by an 18-wheeler at more than 55 mph.

I was traveling on a two-lane highway without any shoulder, and an oncoming car was in the opposite lane. I saw the truck approaching from behind and clutched my handlebar with both hands. I think my mirror saved me from being blown off my bike.

A mirror could very well have saved the life of the young biker killed recently in Maine. He would not have been drinking from his water bottle if he had seen the approaching truck coming from behind. He would have had both hands on the handlebar. It might have saved his life.

John A. Boothby, M.D.


LePage challenged to make ends meet on $7.50/hour

Given the recent veto of an increase in the state's minimum wage by Paul LePage, I would challenge the governor to survive on $7.50 per hour.

By the time he paid his mortgage or rent, utilities and insurance, purchased groceries and paid for medications, the poor fellow would have little left to purchase Vaseline!

John Gregg


Government should not profit from student loans

While reading the article about student loans ("Congress to revisit doubling of student loan interest rate," July 7), one particular statement made me sit up and take notice.

In the next 10 years, the government will make $184 billion off the student loans. So, our tax money is used for student loans for our children, and the government in turn takes yet another opportunity to rob us blind.

Does this bother anyone else? Most of our children will leave college with some debt that they will struggle to pay off, so why are we allowing the government to make billions off that debt?

We should demand that they make only enough for administrative costs. After all, it is our money. How much are the employees of this department making? Perhaps a report should be done on that. I'm sure these government employees are well paid while our children are in debt.

Linda Armitage



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