May 5, 2013

Letters to the editor: Outdoor groups seek to stifle public

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Wind turbines are seen on Mars Hill Mountain in 2007. Maine Audubon and the Natural Resources Council of Maine are resisting bills that would give all Mainers a chance to participate fully in the process of siting wind power projects, a reader says.

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The Press Herald can help the world achieve this understanding. In the future, your readers would be better served if your reporting explored the diversity of immigrants' personal stories and took care not to make assumptions about any individual's past.

This is the best way to avoid perpetuating a negative stereotype of developing countries and the immigrant experience in general.

Dempy Malyata


In democracy, we don't need guns to settle our differences

Why are we in these United States so scared that we need to have weapons of mass destruction, to own weapons built for war?

What is going on in our towns and communities that we are not trying to ease our differences within a democratic process?

The Mainers who I know hunt with sane weaponry, not multiple clips -- which would cut a deer in half with all the multiple rounds firing. They are not armed for war with anyone that I can see.

We attend town meetings to air our differences and then vote on whatever matter is at stake. It is called "participating in and taking care of our communities."

I am an owner of a one-shot shotgun to keep vermin away from eating the wood on my old barn and other structures. If I can't get them with one well-placed shot, then I don't have any business owning a gun. In other words, know how to aim, shoot and use a gun safely.

I ask again, why are we seeing so many scared people here in the United States that we feel the need to own weapons of war; to walk down a crowded city street flashing said weapons, or to walk into a tavern or shopping mall packing a gun?

Why so scared?

Sylvia Niznik


Views on lodging tax prove legislator is no economist

State Rep. Ben Chipman of Portland certainly proved he has no grasp of economics and should not be entitled to have a say in state tax or fiscal policies.

During an April 26 public hearing on his effort to hike the lodging tax, he said that tourists don't factor lodging taxes into their decisions on where to vacation.

He is wrong.

When the Maine Republican Liberty Caucus prepared its winning bid to host the 2015 RLC National Convention in Portland, a 7 percent lodging tax was factored into our net cost estimate.

This enabled the site selection committee to compare net expense estimates from city to city.

How many conventions with a large influx of visitors will Rep. Chipman turn away from the city he represents because of his ignorance of economics and his greed to grab other people's money?

Victor Berardelli

Northeast region director, Republican Liberty Caucus


Maine hospitals spend a lot to offer services to neediest

After I read this letter to the editor, I had to scratch my head for a few moments after saying to myself, "Hospital payback deprives poor Mainers of state aid" (April 28).


It appears there are a lot of misconceptions on why the state of Maine owes Maine hospitals all these millions of dollars. 

These dollars represent services the hospitals provide for poor Mainers. It is state aid for poor Mainers. 

If the state did not guarantee the hospitals that they would be paid for services provided to the poor families of Maine, at some point the hospitals would need to either ask for payment at the door or refuse care. 

Hospitals are businesses. Hospitals have employees whose wages they need to pay. 

You withhold payments to these hospitals, and you see doors being shut, hospitals being closed, all those nurses, lab technicians and well-trained doctors leaving for jobs elsewhere.

How many hospitals in your area are in financial trouble now?

Mid Coast Hospital? Maine Medical Center? Central Maine Medical? MaineGeneral? 

Do you think that the greed of hungry CEOs is draining the system dry? 

It's non-payment of our bills, our bills, the state of Maine bills for the poor Mainers who live here.

And no, I do not work for any doctor, hospital, etc. I have no personal interest in any of these facilities or organizations.

Our state guaranteed these payments. Now we need to pay them.

Sharon Newton


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