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    July 8, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Did your legislator listen to you or a lobbyist’s money?

    The people of Maine voted on and passed citizen initiatives last November. Our Legislature has decided that the vote of the people does not matter. We the people voted to tax the wealthy 3 percent to pay for our underfunded school system. We the people said we want to change the way our representatives are […]

  • Published
    July 8, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Hobby Lobby’s hobby is
 distinctly non-Christian

    Does anyone else find it ironic that Hobby Lobby, a company so Christian-centric that it thought it was a sin to allow its insurance company to give free birth control pills to its employees, was recently fined $3 million for smuggling stolen antiquities into the U.S.? Just wondering. Bill Holly Kittery Point

  • Published
    July 8, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Medical world must recognize chronic Lyme disease

    I was recently diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease, the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An estimated 30,000 people will be diagnosed in the next year, a thousand in Maine alone. Thousands will remain misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. The only CDC-recommended tests for Lyme detection fail […]

  • Published
    July 7, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Republicans just don’t want to pay for poor’s health care

    Regarding Ronald G. Thurston’s lament in a letter to the editor, “Blame Democrats, Sen. King for ‘health care disaster’ ” (June 28): The headline should have, instead, read, “Once again, thank the liberals” for insisting on progress by preserving the flawed but humane Affordable Care Act. While cloaking their opposition in confusing and damning rhetoric […]

  • Published
    July 7, 2017

    Letter to the editor: If you lose your health care, you know which party to blame

    To summarize the health care debate in Washington: When you lose your health care, remember the Republicans, who want to cut taxes for the rich. Lynne Beasley Cape Elizabeth

  • Published
    July 7, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Planned Parenthood offers numerous essential services

    I’m writing because of repeated attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, and to share my story about why this health care organization is so important to Mainers. Planned Parenthood has not only helped me find my ideal birth control, but has also served as my primary care provider for the last six years. As a young […]

  • Published
    July 7, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Hey drivers, follow the laws and keep us all safe

    While observing the vehicles going by me, I feel as if it’s time to take pen in hand. • A friendly reminder to the people driving down Meeting House Hill from the intersection of Sawyer Street and Cottage Road: The speed limit is 30 mph. Some of you are doing at least 40 mph by […]

  • Published
    July 7, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Don’t cut research programs that protect our coastal waters

    Last Thursday night, I attended a roundtable at the University of Southern Maine on the disastrous impact of federal budget cuts on Maine fisheries. Articulate, hardworking folks from Maine Sea Grant, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association and the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, among others, spoke and answered questions from the crowd. Staff people from our senators’ […]

  • Published
    July 7, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Want to reduce abortions? Keep contraception services

    One part of the proposed revision of the health care bill now being considered in the Senate is to stop the funding of Planned Parenthood. The motive is to prevent access to abortion and contraception, for religious reasons. This totally ignores the religious freedom of women who need care. Aside from that, the best way […]

  • Published
    July 6, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Slow growth of Medicaid so the vital program can be sustained

    Many news reports, letters and op-eds claim that proposals to reform the Affordable Care Act will “gut,” “decimate” or “devastate” Medicaid. This language partly reflects the hyperbole that accompanies any attempt at welfare reform, and partly reflects ignorance about what the proposals would actually do. We heard the same dire warnings in 1996 when cash […]

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