Courier-Gazette Letters to the Editor, Dec. 6

Dec 06, 2018

Disappointed, dismayed and disgusted

Once again, and not to my surprise, I am disappointed and dismayed and disgusted with the VS/Courier. Not that you should care, but I am tired of seeing good, capable, civic-minded gentlemen like our school super and chamber guru, and all the rest of the men, you men, that play a major role in this city, and the list can go on, that do not get proper notice of their achievements from our supposedly local paper.

You can't wait to publish inserts about women, you can't wait to shower the media with pictures of various choices of women for this or that. Indeed, they are integral members of our communities, but how about an insert on the men who own businesses, and not just on Main Street? How about the men who volunteer at the AIO and schoolteachers and our firemen and (women) our policemen and (women) and how about the small business owners like Curtis Jensen, who with hard work and perseverance now supplies many of our local folks with employment and individual services not found at other bigger venues?

How about trying to at least show face my being neutral on exploiting the vast and varied community that we have. I have failed to provide my community with what I felt was needed to get away from the divisions shown recently with exploited sexual gender references from some of our elected officials and the need to stop hammering away at the overwhelming need to bring women to the table of power.

Look at City Hall Wall of Fame. You will see some men and some women. Do a story on them, and then I will perhaps once again have some faith in your fairness and ability to inform your readers of the need to be gender fair, offer equal representation, and even stop rewriting letters to the editor because you might be offended and accept what is better known as "freedom of speech," which entails the truth, and not a buttered tablet of prose and fluff.

Dale Hayward

Rockland

Puzzled by lack of coverage

It puzzles me why your paper only ran one story about my experiences collecting signatures on petitions to ban fireworks in Waldoboro except for the first selectmen's meeting about it. We finally reached the goal to put it on the ballot in June.

In case you are interested in following up, I would like you to know that the vast majority of those who signed my petition did so eagerly while commenting that they were terrorized by high-powered explosives being set off in the area, and without warning, and at the most unexpected and inappropriate times.

They also said their children, cats, dogs and horses were terrorized. I was terrorized many times, also. The most frightening time it happened to me was the night I was ambushed as I was entering my driveway, causing me to think I was being shot at from the street.

One signer claimed fireworks were thrown at his children. One said fireworks were thrown at cars on Depot Street.

A signer on Route 220 said aerial fireworks debris from across the road came down in his yard, setting it on fire. A lady said fireworks debris landed on her car, burning the paint.

The high-powered bombs that are set off on the ground are only used for terrorizing, and are not airborne, like the ones that make a colorful aerial display most enthusiasts like to watch.

The state of Massachusetts banned fireworks when I lived there maybe 65 years ago, because so many people were being injured and maimed by them.

Ray Perkins

Waldoboro

Medicaid expansion worth the risk

After a year of foot-dragging by the LePage administration, Maine will finally join the long and growing list of states that have decided to expand their Medicaid programs since 2014. Expansion will enable 70,000 additional Mainers to obtain preventive, diagnostic and treatment services in the most appropriate, cost-effective locations, rather than having to rely on costly visits to hospital emergency departments. Furthermore, there will be more funds to support rural hospitals, which typically serve poorer communities.

Apart from the obvious health benefits for these Mainers, Medicaid (MaineCare) expansion will bring nearly $500 million in new federal spending into the state’s economy by 2021. That will lead to thousands of new jobs and millions in new tax revenues to help offset the state’s obligations to fund its 10 percent share of support for the expanded services. Unlike most other types of economic investment, such as buying a new paper-making machine, the new funding will be ongoing and not just a one-time expenditure.

Opponents of expanding the MaineCare program are appropriately concerned with its impacts on the state’s budget and taxes, as well as the possibility that the federal government will reduce its contributions in the future. In my opinion, dramatically improving access to health care services for 70,000 of our fellow citizens at a federal/state cost-sharing ratio of 9 to 1 looks pretty attractive and well worth the risk.

Steve Mansfield

Warren

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