In understanding U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Torresen’s ruling making it illegal for low-income Mainers to purchase their prescription drugs from anyone but price-gouging Big Pharma, it might be helpful to know that as of 2014, a U.S. district court judge made a tidy little $199,100 a year.

Clearly the ever-fair, balanced and objective Torresen will have no problem affording her drugs, unlike the untold numbers of Mainers who, thanks to her ruling, will once again have to choose between rent, heat, food and medications.

But don’t accuse the good judge of carrying water for Big Pharma, for that would be class warfare.

Lawrence Reichard