November 28, 2012

Letters to the editor: Use U.S. resources to help Americans

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Meghan McGovern
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Meghan McGovern of the New York borough of Queens shows a photo of the scene behind her that she took Oct. 27, two days before superstorm Sandy arrived. A fire during the storm destroyed more than 100 homes in her neighborhood; hers survived. Residents of areas hit hard by Sandy would welcome the funds we now send abroad, a reader says.

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Oddly enough, another way I may participate is by contributing to a campaign – this is legal for green-card holders.

Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, it's also legal for "noncitizen" entities like corporations and other special interests to spend unlimited amounts of money influencing elections – and this money dominated the most recent election cycle, here in Maine and around the country.

Some people argue that we cannot restrict spending because this is akin to restricting speech. But if it costs enormous amounts of money in order to have your message heard by the electorate, surely this is also restricting speech – that of those who do not have access to such funds. Is that outcome not worse for our democracy than placing limits on spending?

I spoke to hundreds of voters on Election Day who share my dismay, and Mainers have called for a movement to amend the U.S. Constitution and reverse Citizens United.

I call on the Maine Legislature to take action on behalf of the more than 10,000 citizens who signed a postcard in favor of a constitutional amendment. It's time to return to government "of, by, and for the people" – not "for the highest bidder, regardless of citizenship status."

Sean Hanson

South Portland

Election results show that Mainers rejected job gains

Reflecting on the recent election results in Maine:

Ten years, inclusive of the last two years of Gov. King and the eight years of Gov. Baldacci:

Total increase in the number of jobs in Maine = 52.

Eighteen months into the term of Gov. LePage and a Republican majority in both houses of the Maine Legislature:

Total increase in the number of jobs in Maine = 7,000.

Maine voters apparently didn't like that!

Doris Meehan


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