January 8, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Money for arms, but little for the people

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Crews work to repair a water main break on Dartmouth Street in Portland on Dec. 20. “The $8 billion a month now wasted in Afghanistan would fix a lot of pipes across the nation,” a reader says.

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These people seem the most ill-suited to be carrying a gun, so please let's not listen to them when it comes to putting restrictions on gun ownership.

Paul DiBiase



Obama seeks more in taxes, makes no cuts to ease deficit


On New Year's Eve, we were once again subjected to the latest dog and pony show by President Obama, surrounded by human props and addressing a room full of adoring supporters. All we heard was more taxes, more taxes, more taxes.

In what I thought was an attempt at addressing the national debt, his often-condescending tone mentioned a balanced approach. Yet all I heard was his plans at extracting more money from my paycheck without much mention of the federal government tightening its belt.

Let's face the facts. A majority of Americans elected a president who punishes success with constant demands of feeding the beast that is our federal government.

Balanced approach? My grandchildren will grow up to inherit a $16 trillion deficit they had nothing to do with.

Happy New Year.

Steven Edmondson



After vain pay hike request, strikers now public burden


While there's no joy in being out of work, imagine how those of us who do work feel about supporting the Hostess union members who thought $15 an hour wasn't good enough. They went on strike and put Hostess out of business.

What if we all had that attitude? There would be no one left to row the boat we want to ride in for free.

Davies Allan

Westport Island


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