August 29, 2013

Letters to the editor: Media overlook excitement about Baxter

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Recent coverage of Baxter Academy focuses on the negative and doesn’t take into account the widespread support for the charter school and the need to improve STEM education, a reader says.

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Frank Teras


Social Security bulwark of seniors' economic stability

On Aug. 14, Americans everywhere celebrated 78 years of Social Security.

When the Social Security Act was signed into law in 1935, almost half of all older Americans lived in poverty.  

At first, Social Security was just a retirement program. Today, it offers survivors' benefits, benefits to a retiree's spouse and disability benefits.

Social Security is a foundation of economic security for millions of Americans and their families.

In Maine, one-third of those 65 or older who are on Social Security rely on their benefit for 100 percent of their income. Without Social Security, more than 80,000 older Mainers would fall into poverty.

As we look at ways to strengthen Social Security now and for the future, let's remember that Social Security hasn't contributed one dime to the nation's budget deficit. It is a self-financed program, not a piggy bank for deficit reduction.  

Washington should leave Social Security out of the deficit debate so we can find responsible, sustainable solutions now and for the future. The so-called "chained CPI" proposal we are hearing about will cut benefits. It will hurt seniors, women, people with disabilities and veterans who've sacrificed so much for this country.

As we celebrate 78 years of Social Security, let's make sure Washington does not make decisions about its future without hearing from every one of us first. Go to today and make your voice heard.

Meredith Tipton

member, AARP Maine Executive Council

South Portland

Throw Obama out of office for usurping others' powers

Now is not the time to mince words. President Obama is ignoring Congress and writing his own laws -- in my opinion, a treasonous act, and people say they are outraged by this.

If we the people are outraged, let's do something about it!

He is one man occupying one branch of our three-branch government. The American people are strong enough, if the will is there, to throw him out of office.

Come on, people, let's do it, because it looks like the establishment Republicans in Washington are afraid to -- or maybe they agree with him. Hard to tell from the way they drag their feet while precious time passes.

We can start by bringing up this subject with friends, family and fellow workers. We can call local radio shows to express our anger toward our so-called leader. You probably have other platforms as well.

Complain all you want about the president's anti-constitutional actions, but for heaven's sake, do something about it!

A very good man said not long ago, "If it is to be, it is up to me."

Rose Marie Russell



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