May 16, 2013

Letters to the editor: Cutler must test himself in party primary

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Eliot Cutler concedes defeat to Paul LePage the day after the 2010 election for governor. Cutler doesn't have the clout to defeat LePage as an independent in a second Blaine House candidacy, a reader says.

2010 File Photo/Gregory Rec

For whatever help people are able to give, the veterans of American Legion Post 56 thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Robin Greene

commander, American Legion Post 56


Governor's points about laptop choice are ill taken

Regarding the laptop decision ("Maine laptop choice leaves schools relieved, confused," April 30), the governor is missing the point when he says it is "important that our students are using technology that they will see and use in the workplace."

The goal of the Maine Laptop Initiative isn't to train workers, but to use technology as a tool in all areas of learning.

In addition, it seems short-sighted to assume that the technology students learn to use today will be, as the governor said in his news release, "the same technology and software they will see in their future careers."

Has he noticed how quickly technology and software are changing? It's extremely doubtful that the technology of today will be the technology of tomorrow.

Karen M. Martel


Arthritis should be part of Maine agency's mission

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention helps fund research and support for patients and their families.

It addresses many diseases, including cancer, asthma, heart disease and diabetes. A crucial disease that is not discussed in terms of funding research and helping to support patients is arthritis.

Arthritis is one of the leading causes of immobility. It affects one in five adults and more than 300,000 children in America. It has limited the daily activities of more than 21 million Americans -- anywhere from being unable to hold a hairbrush or write down notes, to being as serious as losing all motion in their joints.

Without the state of Maine's acknowledgment and support, a cure will never be found.

Several doctors across the country are still unaware that children can even develop arthritis. Without acknowledging and educating that this disease exists, a cure will never be found.

I was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis as well as ankylosing spondylitis at the age of 15. I am an online advocate and have created a Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr blog, "Arthritis and Me," to help reach out to fellow arthritics who are losing hope in their search for a cure.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has more than 100 health topics that it helps raise awareness of and support for, including bedbugs and exposure to cellphone radiation, but a crippling disease such as arthritis is not one of them. It is unacceptable for such a prestigious and reliable agency to avoid this critical chronic illness.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention should help raise awareness of arthritis and give it the same amount of thought and consideration as all other diseases. Only by educating others will a cure for this crippling disease be found.

Sarah Ashley Avery



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