December 22, 2012

Letters to the editor: Paving the way for smoother commute

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A cyclist commutes to work in Boston in 2008. A North Yarmouth man who rides his bike to work in Portland voices his appreciation for improvements to a stretch of road he rides and for the courtesy shown by road crews along the way.

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Quoth Dan McGregor, "I feel a $40,000 reduction (due to taxes) is the loss of one job, so if it's a $200,000 tax increase, that's five jobs."

So rather than hiring five workers and increasing profits, they'll pad their own pockets and leave the business wanting. Shouldn't money be invested in the business first and what is left considered profit?

Apparently, according to this same article, 96.5 percent of people reporting business income will be unaffected by this tax plan. Perhaps your headline should have read, "Tax plan: Hardly anyone notices."

Kurt Woltersdorf

Sanford

Community helps couple weather blaze, aftermath

I had the unfortunate experience Saturday, Nov. 24, of having a very serious fire at my home in Harrison.

Although this was very traumatic, I must say how impressed I was with the professionalism, expertise and efficiency of the Harrison Fire Department and the other departments that worked with them. It is obvious that they spend many hours training and learning to work together. Every person knew his role and performed it with precision and expertise.

I hope you never have this experience, but if you do, be assured that you will be helped by a fine group of volunteers who will do their absolute best to save lives and property and will do so with professionalism, empathy and compassion.

Steve and I also want to thank everyone who has offered their help and support as we work our way through this. Friends and even people we haven't met have made it their goal to do everything they can to help us put our lives back together.

Maine may have difficult winters, but I believe Maine also has the finest people on the planet, and we are very fortunate to live here.

Sherry DeBeradinis

Harrison

Senator's response to bill on royalties hits sour note

I recently emailed Sen. Olympia Snowe, urging her to oppose the Internet Radio Fairness Act, which, if enacted, would take hard-earned income (royalties -- a paycheck) out of the pockets of thousands of songwriters and performers in Maine and across the country.

Sen. Snowe responded with a form letter that included the following sentence: "I have always been a staunch proponent of measures that make Internet and communications services more accessible by prohibiting discriminatory fees and taxes."

This sentence makes it very clear that Sen. Snowe does not understand the legislation. The royalties paid by Pandora and other Internet radio firms are not "discriminatory fees and taxes" -- they are compensation paid to songwriters and performers for the hard work of creating and performing the music we all love.

Sen. Snowe should not take any position related to this bill until she understands the underlying issues.

Bob McKillop

songwriter

Portland

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