Camden Herald Letters to the Editor Oct. 4

Oct 04, 2018

King a 'calm, respectful voice'

In an era of unprecedented partisan rancor, Mainers need a calm, respectful voice in Washington willing to speak plainly and frankly about what’s in Maine’s — and the nation’s — best interest.

Angus King is providing that voice in the U.S. Senate. As a member of the Intelligence Committee, for example, King is working diligently to understand and defend against foreign interference in America’s elections through covert social media campaigns and other “active measures.” King’s solution — educating the public about tactics used by Russia and other bad actors so American citizens are less susceptible to being misled or confused; and establishing serious consequences to deter foreign adversaries from targeting the U.S. .— is a sound, sensible, bipartisan approach to protecting our democracy from a serious threat.

Mainers are fortunate to have such an advocate representing them in the U.S. Senate — let’s keep him there. Vote for Angus King Nov. 6.

Ed Geis

Camden

 

Liberman is tough but fair

The people of Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties are very fortunate to have Jon Liberman as their district attorney, and I hope you will join me in voting to elect him.
Jon is very tough on crime and makes sure that those who commit them are held accountable. I am particularly impressed with his advocacy for victims of crime. He fights to protect victims’ privacy rights and secure financial restitution for them.

While he is tough on offenders, Jon is also fair and is always looking for ways for offenders to rehabilitate themselves when possible. He is a strong advocate of community-based restorative justice for juvenile offenders that encourages them to take responsibility for their actions and become productive members of society.

He is also working to establish a “Drug Court” in Midcoast Maine. This unique approach to helping addicts recover has had tremendous success elsewhere in Maine.

It is this type of innovative approach to prosecuting crime that has made Jon Liberman such an effective district attorney, and I hope you will join me in voting to elect him Nov. 6

Mike Thibodeau

Winterport

Ed. note: Michael Thibodeau is president of the Maine Senate.

 

Sen. Dave Miramant will continue to work hard for all of us

I am writing to encourage the voters of Knox County to cast their vote for our State Senator, Dave Miramant. Dave has dedicated himself to service and his focus in the Senate has always been how to improve the lives of Mainers.

I’ve known Dave for nearly thirty years. He has always been passionate about protecting the environment of our great state. He understands that the health of the people of Maine and the economy of Maine depend on the preservation of our waterways, our ocean and our land. He believes, and works hard in Augusta, to make sure that Maine can attract businesses that will be net contributors to our quality of life by providing non-polluting jobs and living wages.

It has been a challenging few years in Augusta with extreme partisanship making collaboration difficult, even on the best ideas! Dave has demonstrated that his first priority is to the people of his district and the state and to that end he reaches out to his colleagues, regardless of party, to advance legislation that will make Maine the best it can be.

Achieving the all-important goals of livable wages, affordable, accessible health care, food security and clean, sustainable energy will require hard work and dedicated collaboration. Sen. Dave Miramant has an impressive track record of working steadily toward these goals. We have been very fortunate to have Dave’s energy and imagination at the service of the great state of Maine! Sen. Dave Miramant is eager to continue the work he started and we can make sure that happens by voting for him on Nov. 6.

Susan Dorr
Camden

 

Why I’m Voting NO on Ballot Question 1

Ballot Question 1 has very good intentions.  It asks:  "Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities and senior citizens, regardless of income, funded by a new 3.8 percent tax on individuals and families with Maine wage and adjusted gross income above the amount subject to Social Security taxes, which is $128,400 in 2018?”  

Keeping elderly and disabled people in their homes is important and we need to make it affordable to people in need.  We also need to assure caregivers are paid adequately.

This ballot measure, however, is the wrong approach.  Doing tax policy by referendum is not good policy- making.  Taxing higher wage earners for specific purposes does not address the larger tax issues we have in our state, namely over-dependence on high local property taxes, low sales tax and high income taxes.  

Many property owners in the state do not live here year round due to Maine’s high income tax rates.  Individuals and businesses who would like to move here choose not to because of our income tax rates.  Maine needs more income to address home health-care, education and many other needs.  However there are other ways to rebalance and increase our tax revenues without increasing the income tax, especially by expanding our sales tax from 5.5 percent to 6.5 percent.

If these property owners become year-round residents we will have greatly increased revenues from their contributions to our annual income tax revenues.  If we increase the sales tax on non-essential items, we will also increase state revenues.  By doing this, the state will have more money to pay for a part of education, thus reducing our property taxes, and will have more money for home health care and the other human service needs that are seriously challenging our state.

Another flaw in this proposal is providing care regardless of income.  People who can afford full or partial payment should do so.

Let’s work on developing good tax policy that is fair and that welcomes more full-time residents and businesses to our state.  I invite you to vote NO ballot initiative 1.

David Jones

Camden

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