September 25, 2013

Letters to the editor: Lobster industry should end cruelty

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There are humane ways to kill lobsters and Maine processors should be using them, readers say.

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Anyone who knows Eliot Cutler knows that he has never backed away from a controversial political issue. Mr. Spiegel has his facts wrong, too: Eliot has spoken out time and again against Gov. LePage's cuts to Maine-Care.

He was far from silent when he publicly called for the Maine Legislature to override Gov. LePage's budget veto after the governor put partisanship above statesmanship.

Mr. Spiegel overlooked the fact that Eliot Cutler co-chaired Angus King's successful independent campaign for U.S. Senate last year.

After King won, Cutler sat down, researched and wrote a 104-page book detailing his plans for Maine. I downloaded and read it today. Good reading for all Mainers.

If anyone should feel embarrassed about not speaking truth to power, it's Mike Michaud.

The real question should be, why hasn't Mike Michaud himself commented on what's going on in his home state?

Or better yet, what has he done as a congressman for the past 10 years? Readers should be wary of political campaigns camouflaged as letters to the editor. Spiegel's letter is the latest example of that, but a misguided one.

Betsy Critchfield


Honor our seniors by fighting for them against Big Pharma

A proposed Maine bill will proclaim Sept. 14 as official "Maine Seniors Day." It is designed to encourage seniors throughout the country to move to Maine to retire.

Contrast this commendable bill to the proposed bill to ban mail-order drug purchases by Mainers through Canadian and other international firms.

This bill would particularly impact seniors, many of whom lack drug insurance coverage, and tend to be most in need of prescription drugs.

Big Pharma and those that benefit from their grossly excessive prescription drug prices wish to protect their profits, with little concern for the ability of many to pay.

In many cases passage of this bill would put the costs of drugs, some by several-fold, beyond the reach of many Maine seniors, with obvious serious consequences to their health.

If the state of Maine truly has the best interests of its residents, particularly seniors, at heart, then it can only reject any bill that will restrict their drug-buying choices.

Gene Clifford

Mount Desert

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