April 1, 2013

Letters to the editor: Program cuts will hurt elderly Mainers

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For 80,000 Maine residents, Gov. LePage’s proposal to eliminate the Low Cost Drugs for the Elderly and Disabled Program will have “severe (often fatal) consequences,” including strokes, heart attacks and comas, a reader says.

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This is not a change for improved health care, and is not in the best interest of anyone, least of all our elderly and our severely disabled in nursing home care.

Nancy Johnson



Clean Elections is one state program that works

Your editorial about the Maine Clean Election law is dead-on ("Our View: Maine Clean Elections should be preserved," March 17).. This is one state program that works. It is very upsetting that, year after year, it comes under attack.

I was disappointed when the Supreme Court struck down matching funds because that part of the law ensured a level playing field for candidates.

I think voters benefit when candidates compete within a system that is basically fair. But the court apparently believes that the better way is to tip the scales for big-money special interests.

I had hope that the last Legislature would repair the damage done by the court, but it did just the opposite, weakening Clean Elections even more.

Now the 126th Legislature has its chance to replace matching funds and restore the opportunity for candidates to run vigorous races against well-funded opponents.

I call upon lawmakers to make our democracy a priority by strengthening Clean Elections. It's also important to provide adequate funding so that Maine can continue to push private special money away from our senators and representatives.

William Curran

South Portland

Looking for memories of Brown Elementary School

Frank I. Brown Elementary School is having its 75th anniversary! We would like former Brown School students, teachers or principals to send in any class photos or letters with memories from the time they attended or taught at Brown School.

Please send your information to CumminBe@spsd.org by April 30. You may also mail them to Brown Elementary School, Attn: Mrs. Cummings, 37 Highland Ave., South Portland, ME 04106.

We look forward to hearing about your time at Brown School.

Thank you,

Kristen Deily, Kiley Matthews and Abby Brown

Brown Elementary School fourth-graders

South Portland


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