December 8, 2012

Letters to the editor: MaineCare leadership incompetent

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Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, speaks during her confirmation hearing before the Legislature’s Health and Human Services committee. A reader blames MaineCare problems on poor leadership.

2011 Kennebec Journal file photo/Joe Phelan

While an old history lesson might impress the easily impressed, judging by the recent electoral victories of the Democrats, the American electorate has made their choice as to which party represents the best interests of the working class of all races.

With those results so obvious, I'd hope Gallagher and his tolerant, Republican friends would accept four more years of President Obama with dignified resignation. Or maybe we should look at Charlie Webster's laughable conspiracy theories as shining examples of just how far the old "party of Lincoln" has fallen.

Jeremy Smith

Old Orchard Beach

If wealthy want beaches, let them pay for the upkeep

Regarding your report about private beaches in Maine on Dec. 2: Most countries and every state whose beaches I've enjoyed make no distinction between high- and low-water marks. Public access to beaches is generally plentiful and expected. If the wealthy want to claim this, too, as their private privilege, I say let them pay the billions of federal and state dollars that go to beach replenishment, erosion control and hurricane clean-up!

Robert Foley

Old Orchard Beach

Leaders should distinguish old beliefs from new logic

Mike Harmon's thesis that science can only reveal some of the truth about the universe and our place in it is undeniably true, there are murky areas of complex human interaction where the scientific method has yet to shed much light, but we humans have a dread of unanswered questions.

Human history has no lack of examples, like, flat-earthism, white-supremacy and belief in fairies, of how we manufacture myths and ideologies to bridge the gaps in our knowledge. Later, as science rolls back still more of our ignorance, the myths and entrenched ideologies die hard. Mr. Harmon cites the example of Francis Collins as a person of faith who runs the NIH very competently and I would add C. Everett Koop as Reagan's outstanding (Mormon) Surgeon General.

Why then, does Mr. Harmon see it as wrong for us to ask whether someone who wants to make decisions regarding our lives is able to distinguish, as the foregoing two gentlemen clearly have, between fondly held beliefs and logical arguments backed by verifiable facts?

Douglas Sargent

Cape Elizabeth

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