March 31, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Rural delivery fee makes no sense

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The Postal Service’s lack of investment in facilities to handle parcels – not the cost of delivery to rural mailboxes, such as these outside Morrison, Ill. – is the reason it’s losing money, a reader says.

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This approach provides benefits to children and to Maine's finances. I urge that our Legislature address these matters expeditiously.

Anne Vaughan


Gay marriage disregards essence of the institution


Re: "Ruling for same-sex marriage would be right, not 'activism,' " by Barney Frank (March 24):

Barney Frank is brilliant, but wrong. He uses straw man arguments to support straw man marriage.

Opponents of same-sex "marriage" do not argue against it primarily because it harms natural marriage; they argue against it simply because it is not marriage.

Same-sex "marriage" is imitation marriage, fake marriage, make-believe marriage. Marriage by its very nature and essence is between a man and a woman.

You have heard it said, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." That is to say, you cannot change the essence of something by changing the name.

Likewise, calling a thistle a rose does not make it a rose. Calling same-sex commitments "marriage" cannot make them what they are not.

Sandy Williams

pastor, First Baptist Church of Freeport


Beholden to interest groups, lawmakers unable to lead


The national debt keeps rising, and our elected officials are mired in partisan bickering and gridlock, some of which is just plain childish.

From talking to folks up here in Maine and elsewhere, here are some suggestions that our "leaders" might just consider:

1. Reform the tax code and get rid of the crazy loopholes that allow corporations and the wealthy to avoid paying taxes.

2. Eliminate obsolete and unnecessary weapons programs, without compromising the strength of our military.

3. Reform entitlement programs, including Social Security and Medicare, without harming children, the elderly and the disabled.

4. Terminate nonessential federal employees.

5. Begin a serious crackdown on Medicaid fraud.

6. Cut the pork barrel spending, which is totally out of control.

So why can't we accomplish these things? The president and members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans alike, are beholden to wealthy donors, lobbyists and special interest groups who regularly line their pockets.

Some might call this corruption. The result is that our elected officials don't have the intestinal fortitude to do what's right for our country.

John Cross

Tenants Harbor

LePage opines on character, but he knows little about it


The governor's comments regarding good character ("Michael Cuzzi: Governor's character reflects on Maine," March 17) were a backhanded implication that others in government lacked same. In his actions, he has demonstrated that he does not understand the concept.

For starters, he seized on a non-issue.

According to state Rep. Bruce MacDonald, D-Boothbay, the hospital debt resulted from an old formula based on the state paying what it wanted. That was corrected long ago, and the current bills are paid as incurred.

Further, the old debt was already set into a payment plan, and the hospitals had signed off on it.

The governor then drew a line in the sand, saying he would sign no bills until the debt was settled, and the Legislature might as well go home.

He thus painted himself into a corner where the only way he could take any action at all would be to break his vow, hardly a sign of good character.

And what was the issue on which he caved on his pledge? Opening the bars at 6 a.m. on St. Paddy's Day, an issue of importance to some, but probably not one on which a man of good character would want to stake his reputation.

Larz Neilson

East Boothbay


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