July 20, 2013

Letters to the editor: Sen. Collins says stance on Cordray didn't shift

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Richard Cordray
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The nomination of Richard Cordray, above, to serve as permanent director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was confirmed earlier this week. Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins said that her vote to confirm Cordray did not reflect a change in position on her part.

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When I started doing road races, entry fees averaged $10 and the most expensive ones would cost $20, but now the norm is to charge $25 for a single race. That is absurd.

Now, there are still some road races that are very reasonably priced. For example, the Back Cove Race Series costs a one-time fee of $20 and allows you to compete in 14 races around the cove.

Unfortunately, that is the exception and not the rule. Gone are the days when you would pay with a $20 bill and need to keep the change in your shorts pocket while you raced.

Of course, there is another side to this issue. Road races are expensive to put on, and their proceeds almost always benefit charities. However, if you register online, then you are typically paying an extra $2 to $3 for the "registration fee" to a company whose only job is to register runners for road races.

I recommend putting those companies out of business by planning ahead, going to the race website, printing the PDF registration form and paying by mail. Either that, or saving up your allowance.

It is great that Maine has so many road races throughout the year, but it is unfortunate that it is getting more and more expensive to enjoy them.

Christopher Harmon


Views on spending, energy make LePage best choice 

When Gov. LePage announced in May this year that he would not add to the tax burden of hardworking Mainers, the Maine Legislature did not believe him. The Legislature later overrode the governor's budget veto, which contained higher temporary taxes for the next two years.

I support our governor, who stood by his principles for Maine people, and I am disappointed by our representatives, who only see higher taxes for the future of our children and grandchildren.

I agree that Gov. LePage may not be politically eloquent in his public remarks, but he tends to be direct, and he does provide his honest opinion.

The state of Maine has many disadvantages, like being at the end of the distribution line of the country in the far corner of the Northeast.

However, we have Canadian friends to the north, who can also be beneficial to help improve our economy with less costly and more affordable hydropower. If our Legislature wants to continue to pursue the more costly energy production through wind and solar power, then we only have ourselves to blame for voting in the incompetent Legislature we now have.

Gov. LePage is right to oppose higher taxes for the future of Maine citizens, and Maine people should consider re-electing him for another two years.

Richard Bernard


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