August 22, 2013

Letters to the editor: Race benefits from 16-year winner

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The TD Beach to Beacon is one of the top road races in the U.S. thanks in large part to retiring race president Dave Weatherbie, letter writers say.

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The legislators need to get over their reticence and accomplish seasonal resident tax equitability; ask any citizen.

Stephen Gorden

Yarmouth

Restrain corporate power, give more to the states

In his column, "Conservative author offers path away from nanny state" (Aug. 16) M.D. Harmon presents an excellent summary of Mark Levin's best-seller, "The Liberty Amendment," which proposes to fix all that is wrong with the Washington establishment.

Mr. Levin favors the original intent of the Constitution that limits government: "They (the Framers) designed 'checks and balances' to prevent 'factions' from running wild by limiting them via constitutionally defined powers that were further constrained by the separate roles of the states, and the inalienable rights of the people themselves." The goal, Levin says, is "not the dissolution of the federal government" but rather that "the states will actually have input into their own fate."

Mr. Harmon summarizes Mr. Levin's overall intent as "(restraining) the ever-growing and increasingly intrusive and unaffordable nanny state." Substitute "corporate" for "nanny" and the picture becomes much clearer as far as what "factions" are really in need of restraint. Corporations ship jobs overseas and suppress wages at home. Congress and the Supreme Court favor companies over individuals and our president has gone back on his promise for "change" in Washington.

We should restrain corporate state-ism and repeal Citizens United. Then bring the jobs back and offer a living wage. We should stop investing in wars and instead build the infrastructure of America. Develop a strong middle class and the "nanny state" debate will disappear.

To prevent corporate CEOs from running wild with our government and further destroying our standard of living, the individual states should take charge of our nation's fate.

Mr. Levin's proposed use of Article V of the Constitution (which he calls the "Achilles heel of state-ism") to regain control of our government may be, as Mr. Harmon suggests, the only way out. Let's hope.

Robert J. Seeber

Windham

 

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