July 1, 2013

Letters to the editor: U.S. officials' penalty pales next to chef's

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TV personality Paula Deen has been unduly shamed for having made racist slurs, while federal officials who should have been fired for their actions are getting off relatively lightly, a reader says.

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Andrea Levinsky

2011 Deering High School graduate

Portland

Closing local dental clinic no help to elderly, disabled

Gov. Paul LePage and his fellow Republicans in the Legislature made a major point about the 3,100 elderly and disabled people on a waiting list to access Medicaid services. This was apparently done to discourage an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in the state of Maine.

While I wholeheartedly agree that these disabled and elderly should get the services they need, the governor and his minions seemed hypocritical by submitting a budget that eliminates dental services for this same population.

The MaineCare clinic that served these people on Preble Street in Portland has closed due to the budget uncertainty. And in lieu of this, the disabled folks who were patients there have no place to go to receive dental services reimbursed by MaineCare.

Perhaps we should view the governor as the charlatan he is, who on one hand giveth when it benefits him and taketh away when it benefits those who give him his marching orders.

Howard Hanson

Biddeford

Study doesn't tell us much about impact of soda limits

On June 13, there was a Los Angeles Times article titled "Study: Cap on supersized sodas works."

Usually with studies in the newspaper, nothing is said about methodology, size or weaknesses (which are some of the things you need to know how "strong" this study is; how likely it is to be accurate). It turns out there really wasn't any true research.

"The researchers presumed that 80 percent of patrons" would buy the 16-ounce drink (if there were restrictions on a larger size) and only 20 percent would purchase two 16-ounce drinks to get around the restriction.

Now, presuming something doesn't make it so; in fact, in a true research study, the hypothesis could easily have been found to be false.

Another word for presume is "assume," and you know what happens when you assume -- it makes an ass out of you and me.

Janice Reynolds, R.N., B.C., O.C.N., C.H.P.N.

Brunswick

Quality of Nemitz's work makes rate hike worth it

Two communications recently arrived at my door for the Maine Sunday Telegram:

1. A letter telling me you are going to "hike" my subscription rate.

2. And the June 16 newspaper -- with Bill Nemitz's "LePage's hot air forms cloud over Maine" on Page B1.

I don't mind paying more when you publish such funny and intelligent and well-written columns.

Joseph W. Mahoney

Kennebunk

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