April 10, 2013

Letters to the editor: Tan ban aims to protect teens' health

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Hillary Cooledge, 28, of Portland prepares to use a tanning bed at Sun Tiki Tanning in Portland last month. People under 25 who use tanning beds have a 75 percent higher risk of melanoma, says the sponsor of a bill barring minors from patronizing tanning salons.

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The Humane Society of the United States is sponsoring the Maine Bear Protection Act, which will outlaw these cruel and unethical attacks on Maine's black bears. Please contact your state legislators and ask them to support this humane legislation.

Robert Goldman

South Portland

Correction: The title of this letter has been corrected to reflect the content of the legislation.

Job creators threatened with 'punitive' tax hikes

The president is talking about reducing the federal deficit without crippling the budget -- great promises on an extremely important issue.

However, instead of talking about spending cuts, he's attacking the oil and gas industry and planning to raise taxes on energy companies.

The so-called "stimulus" bill that is being circulated by President Obama includes provisions that would skew the global playing field against U.S.-based oil and natural gas companies.

He wants to do this by changing existing "dual-capacity" rules -- tax laws that grant tax credits to American companies generating income in foreign countries, enabling them to use taxes they've already paid abroad to offset additional domestic taxation on that same foreign income.

By eliminating dual-capacity rules, Obama's measure would double-tax our domestic oil and natural gas producers -- putting them at a competitive disadvantage with foreign operators.

This is unacceptable to me. As a Mainer, I firmly believe that President Obama and Congress should work to maintain our domestic industries' competitive edge.

The federal deficit should be tackled with reduced spending and an increase in job production -- not punitive tax increases on proven job creators.

Jon Stinson

Portland

LePage veto of tanning bill draws on dubious rationale

Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would bar those under 18 from using tanning machines ("LePage vetoes bill to ban youth tanning," April 4). His rationale is that parents would make the right decisions for their children.

No doubt LePage would also remove age restrictions on drinking, driving, viewing adult movies and having sexual relations.

I wonder if LePage ever stops to think through the consequences of his strange ideas. Maybe he simply doesn't understand.

Daniel Harris

Brunswick

Calico's death sad reminder of dangers cats face outside

She lay in the middle of the street. The driver did not stop.

She looked up at me, her eyes filled with pain, and gave a silent cry. A stranger walking by helped to move her to the side of the road, and together we grieved as she died.

This lovely calico cat did not go home last Monday, April 1. She was killed on Capisic Street.

Please, please do not let your cats wander. Keep them safe.

Betty Grant

Portland

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