July 1, 2013

Letters to the editor: Medicaid veto puts Maine in bad spot

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Gov. LePage’s veto of a proposal to accept federal funds to expand eligibility for Medicaid leaves poor, uninsured Mainers with little choice but to seek higher-cost care in emergency rooms, readers say.

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I am both outraged and sad. How can we be so uncaring? How could we not predict the consequences of our actions? Is the answer that the driving forces in the Maine Legislature simply don't care?

Rachel Schwartz

South Portland

Maine senators wise to back plan for immigration reform

I want to thank Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King for voting in favor of the comprehensive immigration reform bill in the U.S. Senate.

This bill tries to thread the needle between providing a pathway to citizenship and expanding border security. The compromise that has emerged isn't perfect, but it's better than the broken system we have now.

Speaking as the grandson of immigrants from Eastern Europe, I feel strongly that America shouldn't deport kids who were brought here in most cases with no say in the matter, studied hard, and played by the rules. That's not who we are. We are, famously, a nation of immigrants.

We need these young people here in America. They'll work hard, pay their taxes and make our community a more vibrant place. In their own and various ways, they will embrace our issues, advance our causes and continue our inexorable march toward a more perfect union.

I hope the House of Representatives shows the same courage as our senators. We can't afford to miss this opportunity. America needs this bill to be passed.

John Bernard

South Portland

Naming soda as state drink won't make us more healthy

I was surprised to learn that since 2005 we have had a state beverage -- something called Moxie.

Twenty states have milk as their state beverage. Other states have Conecuh Ridge Whiskey (Alabama), water (Indiana), tomato juice (Ohio), orange juice (Florida -- duh), cranberry juice (Massachusetts), apple cider (New Hampshire) and coffee milk (Rhode Island).

Nebraska not only has milk as their state beverage, it also has a state soft drink -- Kool-Aid.

So I'm wondering why a state like Maine, so health-conscious and a major supplier of water, does not have water as its state beverage. Not only that, why is a government entity promoting a commercial product?

Ann Bainbridge

Westbrook

Midcoast towns also host to Hollywood productions

In regard to your article on Maine-made films ("Bill would woo movie, TV production companies with tax break," June 13), I found no mention of the one filmed in Rockport a few years ago.

It was called "The Man Without a Face." Prop-type buildings were put up on the shore next to a restaurant called the Sail Loft.

And "Carousel" was filmed in Boothbay Harbor.

Betty Koch

Boothbay Harbor

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