March 13, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Medicaid access will ensure better health

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Expanding MaineCare eligibility and restoring coverage for smoking cessation medications will prevent disease and ultimately save Maine money, a reader says.

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Apparently, the governor is not aware of the marginal medical care extant in this country.

Apparently, he does not know that Cuba provides better care.

Apparently, his bias toward "small" government allows him to make a decision that harms us all.

John Wood


'Blame game' is a distraction from debt crisis solution


After reading the commentary about talk of a budget shutdown in Maine ("Democrats: GOP shutdown threats no way to open budget talks," March 4), it seems that there is nothing but a blame game at the state and federal levels.

The two parties in Washington cannot, or will not, give in, no matter what, which poses the question as to whether or not they want to change the status quo.

There is such a simple remedy to the debt crisis that it's hard to believe the politicians haven't brought it out in discussion.

For every dollar that the Democrats cut from government spending, the Republicans could add a dollar of taxation, which could only be used to pay down the debt.

Apparently, the government spends 40 cents on the dollar on interest for each dollar spent on keeping our heads above water. The Republicans can become our heroes again by lowering the debt -- period.

Tom Stone



Amid turmoil over deficit, senators present wise ideas


As our country officially gets hit with the sequester spending cuts, which both parties agree are a poor way to address our national debt, I would like to point out that Maine's politicians are doing a much better job than most at taking these issues seriously.

I applaud their efforts, in particular, those of Sen. Susan Collins, who continues to provide common-sense, moderate ideas and actions specifically on the current self-imposed fiscal crisis.

At a time when too many politicians seem content to draw lines in the sand and hunker down in their partisan trenches, both senators have been championing a better way. I may not fully agree ideologically with either, but I am proud of their willingness to embrace centrist, common-sense approaches.

We need to support our politicians who are providing logical, rational, thoughtful leadership in Washington especially at a time when party loyalty trumps issue resolution. That's why I've joined the Campaign to Fix the Debt, to encourage more of our leaders to do the same. It's time to get our country back on track!

Christopher Claudio

CEO, Winxnet



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