Saturday, December 7, 2013
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Portland Yacht Services owner Phineas Sprague shows a section of the Portland waterfront where he hopes to build a boatyard. A law protecting trees along the shore shouldn’t apply to the growth on this parcel, a reader says.
2013 File Photo / John Patriquin
For years I have seen a doctor at 25 June St., Sanford, a building owned by Goodall Hospital. Only a bill from the doctor was received.
Last June, some doctors left the area and a letter from Goodall Hospital stated there was a new division: Goodall Health Partners Sanford Internal Medicine. Doctors will be under these names at 25 June St., Sanford.
I saw a doctor listed under Goodall Health Partners. I received two bills, one from the doctor and one from the hospital. This was questioned, and I was told this is correct. The two bills will be used for doctors under Sanford Internal Medicine.
This will increase the cost of health care! This is two bills to Medicare, two bills to backup insurance, two bills to me, and I'll write two checks to pay any balance!
Who benefits from this duplication of paperwork? Is this being done at other health care locations?
Sequester erodes freedoms that make America great
When political people propose to develop some defense program -- military hardware or additional forces or roles -- they often seek comments from high-profile veterans.
It is natural that most former service members have positive memories from their service years. We tend to support measures to make our forces more effective and more safe.
It is probably expected that veterans looking at the recent "sequester" law in the federal government hope to see that the military continue to get its hefty share of the national budget. To some extent, we do.
Veterans are not monolithic in their views. Of the things that unite veterans, however, it is mostly our faith in the American system.
Broadly, we believe that we and all Americans hold to the basic values in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. We feel strongly that such a nation is very much worth fighting for. But we do not agree that our military strength alone makes us a strong country.
Rather, it is the very freedoms we enjoy and the hope of forging a better way for America -- and by example for the world -- that make the United States of America special. Should we harm by neglect through an intentionally harsh "sequester" of funds from programs for Americans in great need, while other programs that might do with less continue with scarcely a ripple of the water?
Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins have recognized that we should press for a rational budget. I think most veterans want that, too.
The things we fought for are too precious to fall on the sword of partisan selfishness. Maine should again set a strong example by our appeals to our congressional representatives to fight for a bipartisan budget.