Sunday, December 8, 2013
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Massabesic High School Principal Christian Elkington talks to students awaiting a bus at the end of the school day in Waterboro. He’s been a principal for 18 years. It’s not hard to figure out why many other principals resign, a reader says: “Human beings have a hard time getting along with each other.”
2013 File Photo/Tim Greenway
Ineffectual senators have lost touch with the people
I am reading the story "Spending plan squeaks through Senate" (March 24), by The Associated Press, with tears running down my face for our overworked senators.
They claim to have "worked" 20 hours straight to come up with a spending deal. Then they voted at 5 a.m. so that they could catch the 7 a.m. flight out of Washington for a two-week break from working so hard on our behalf.
I realize that working more than a week at a time is exhausting for these people, and I would really like to see them put in 20 hours plowing snow, on one day, in the worst winter this country has seen in a while.
How about just working 50 or 60 hours a week at any job that does not pay the outrageous salaries that we, the people, pay them? They take more vacation than our schoolchildren, and the children have a good number of them.
Congress has lost touch with what the American people have to go through just to get by, let alone be able to take one or two weeks of vacation a year.
The Democrats who have control of the Senate and the Republicans who have control of the House need a wake-up call that the American people deserve more work with real results and less time off for the raises that they just voted themselves.
Expanding Medicaid will aid those in desperate need
Every day as an advocate for the homeless, I talk with people who are struggling with health issues and have little or no money -- people who often end up in the emergency room, receiving costly and inefficient care. More and more people need help, while our governor seeks to cut more and more people from MaineCare.
I believe the Affordable Care Act offers a wonderful opportunity to access federal money to provide more help to people who desperately need it. It is not overly dramatic to say that this is a matter of life and death.
I can't see any legitimate reason for our governor to be obstructive about this. I hope he will act in a responsible way and put aside whatever ideological differences he has with his opposition and do the right thing.
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