July 14, 2013

Letters to the editor: Project > Login is key for state

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This is reinforced by the fact that we are reminded time and again that we are competing with other Maine businesses for the same high-tech talent.

That, to me, represents great opportunity in Maine. I applaud my colleagues at other Maine businesses, the University of Maine System and Educate Maine for their visionary and collaborative efforts to close the STEM skill gap in Maine. Together, we will make Maine an even better place to live and work.

Jonathan Ayers

chairman and CEO, Idexx Laboratories

Portland

As a major employer, health care system and user of advanced information systems technology, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems was pleased to be one of the founding members of Maine's Project > Login.

Recent articles in the Telegram seemed to question the success of public-private initiatives focused on drawing students into computer sciences education and careers in Maine. I can speak from personal experience that Project>Login is delivering to EMHS exactly what we needed.

To date, EMHS has had eight interns, two of whom were not eligible for employment since they were in Maine on foreign visas specific to education. Of the six remaining, two have been employed by EMHS, two are staying in touch as they complete their education and two have left the area.

Of the two we employed, both are performing tasks critical to our clinical and business information systems. An intern we have this year is seeking medical school in the future, and we hope to attract this individual someday to return as a physician champion for the pioneering functions we are building in clinical computer systems.

In addition, Project>Login has given EMHS the opportunity to go into middle schools and college-level job fairs to educate students regarding not only computer sciences, but also the myriad of other health-related careers they can pursue with a good education. These are good-paying jobs and contribute directly as well as indirectly to improving Maine's economy.

EMHS is pleased to have played a formative role in Project>Login, and we intend to continue our involvement in the future -- for our own interests and the interests of all Maine businesses.

M. Michelle Hood, FACHE

president and CEO, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems

Brewer

Don't criticize Sen. Katz for what needed to be said

David Alexander is displeased with Sen. Roger Katz's recent critique of Gov. LePage's behavior ("Letters to the editor: State senator not the saint depicted in Nemitz column," July 7). I've scoured Scripture and was hapless to find the sinfulness in passing out campaign buttons at a public event. Apparently, God doesn't fret buttons.

Recently, at a pricey Bush-backed cocktail convergence in Kennebunkport (Sen. Susan Collins and former Sen. Olympia Snowe sent regrets), LePage announced his bid for re-election. I've seen enough, and hasn't Maine had enough?

Maine Republicans need to take a deep breath and ask themselves; "Why? For what possible purpose?" To continue this bizarre sideshow? This fodder for late-night comedians? This hurt inflicted by soulless draconian policy?

Most Mainers are rightfully embarrassed by the disparaging discourse emanating from the Blaine House, while across the street, rational legislators from both parties pull together to right our ship. Maine's compass is off course. Fetch the plank! Captain Queeg's gotta go, mateys.

Not surprisingly, Roger Katz is my friend. I've never had a truer one. I've worked proudly on each of his efforts to seek public office.

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