May 25, 2013

Letters to the editor: U.S. welcomes law-abiding immigrants

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A migrant worker tends lettuce crops in Salinas, Calif., in 2006. Citing the number of permanent residency cards granted each year, a reader says the U.S. is “more than charitable” to immigrants.

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God bless America and all its fallen heroes -- past, present and future if needed.

Frank Slason

Somerville

Voter fraud lesser threat than terrorist with a gun

How, with a straight face, can conservatives plead for the urgent passage of voter identification laws and then reject universal background checks for all sales of firearms?

Is the right to vote less sacred than the right to own a gun? Is voter fraud, real or imaginary, more destabilizing than an individual on the terrorist watch list freely purchasing weapons at a gun show from a private dealer?

Mark Berger

Waldoboro

Our senators must do more to earn kudos for courage

The Natural Resources Council of Maine placed full-page celebratory advertisement thanking Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King for "courageous votes" against amendments that would have allowed continued mercury emission in coal-fueled power plants, a vote that was unanimously joined by all the northeastern senators, including Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.

I ask Sens. King and Collins to speak out strongly against the potentially disastrous mining and shipping of tar sands bitumen; the continued delay of the confirmation of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency; allowing possible completion of 11 new coal-fired energy plants before EPA regulations might stop them, and ending the filibuster on President Obama's nominee to the 2nd District U.S. Court of Appeals.

I would then join the chorus of appreciation for courage.

Robert Libby

Chebeague Island

Tax plan will bring back retirees, improve economy

An overhaul of Maine's tax structure is long overdue. We have seen too many of Maine's successful retirees buy property and move to another state and declare residency to avoid our state's higher income and property taxes.

We support the bipartisan plan to cut income and property taxes and raise sales taxes (while providing tax credit for low- and moderate-income families) and believe that it will improve our economy.

This plan deserves consideration, and we hope that members of both parties in the House and Senate will come together to pass legislation that will reform an outdated and regressive tax system.

Mary Johnson

Saco

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