An underhanded trick

Members of the Maine GOP must think the people of Maine are not smart enough to figure out their game plan. They can tell the people that they voted down the budget submitted by Gov. LePage; therefore, they did not hurt the most poor and most needy of Maine people.

However, they are not willing to stand up and defend their vote against the budget. The refuse to take the steps necessary to override the governor’s veto. It was a really smart reelection tactic. I sincerely hope the people of Maine remember this clever move when it comes to the election. Their vote was simply an underhanded trick to get your vote. Is their word worth your vote?

If those up for reelection really wanted us to trust them, they would be willing to return to Augusta to override the governor.

Catherine P. Richard

Bangor

Candidate omitted from poll

The Bangor Daily News ran a news article entitled “Five Republicans join Senate race; Michaud, Raye stick to House race”; included was a poll: “Who do you think will be the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate race.” Here is the link to both: http://bangordailynews.com/2012/03/02/politics/with-michaud-and-raye-out-of-running-for-senate-races-start-to-take-shape/, which I found very interesting.

A Republican was already in the race prior to Sen. Olympia Snowe’s decision to bow out. That person has actually been active for two years, priming for a run. Isn’t it fascinating this same person was originally omitted from the poll? Who was this person? Scott D’Amboise.

Several people called the BDN, insisting he be added to the poll. Eventually, they did. How couldn’t they — he was named in the article’s first paragraph.

I am also sure it was a huge surprise that he actually won, garnering 40 percent of the vote. Charlie Summers was the nearest competitor with 32 percent. It was only a poll, but an 8 percent win is no small potatoes. Further, the next nearest competitor finished 31 percent behind D’Amboise.

Scott D’Amboise will not only take the oath to support and defend — yes, defend the U.S. Constitution, but also be guided by it. He will fight out of control spending. No more of the status quo, because that’s exactly what got our nation into the mess it finds itself. In these times, I believe that is exactly what our nation needs.

Gregory Paquet

Smithfield

Why an I-395-Route 9 connector?

In 2000 we learned about an I-395-Route 9 connector, born from concerns of increased truck traffic on Routes 46 and 1-A. The preferred “Ring Route” was chosen; a clear answer to the concerns of Routes 9, 46 and 1-A, meeting the needs of the study with an east of Route 46 connection point. Many years went by and residents were not informed of anything until recently. None of the three alternatives today meet the original study needs.

The Maine Better Transportation Association is holding a contest: “Which road in Maine is the worst?” If the state doesn’t have the money to fix the roads we have, why would we want to build more?

The privately funded east-west highway makes sense. The feasibility study will be completed Jan. 15, 2013. Sen. Thomas supports this route running north of Old Town, across the state from Calais to Coburn Gore. Existing roads will be used as the foundation. “Such a route would remove nearly all of the existing traffic off of Route 9, as well as cut projected future traffic on Route 1-A by roughly 2,300 vehicles per day below current levels.” (1999 MDOT E/W Study)

Why are we even considering the I-395-Route 9 connector? We asked MDOT at the Brewer Auditorium “open house” and were told that the private highway and connector are two separate unlinked projects.

Should taxpayers spend millions more to further the I-395-Route 9 connector when we will have the answer to the problems with the east-west highway?

Vinal and Carol Smith

Brewer

Health insurance rejection

I have had Lupus for two years now. In February I almost died after I had an operation. I was flown by LifeFlight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor from Down East Community Hospital in Machias. I am thankful to be alive. Yesterday in the mail I received notice that I will no longer be able to receive MaineCare. I am beside myself. Without health insurance I will not be able to receive the medication and the health care I need. I also have been unable to work due to the lupus flare-ups.The people who really need MaineCare are the ones they are taking it away from.

Paulette Bryant

Trescott

Difference is good

Any conversation about cultural diversity and competence is an invitation to grow, develop and mature in our understandings about people. The mere mentioning of conversation carries with it the idea of intentional meetings of the minds, sharing concepts and beliefs and looking for common grounds. Why is it easier to accept that people are one gene removed from chimpanzees than accept we are connected with all other people living on this planet?

When people begin to talk intentionally, we open the doorway to our minds. The experience itself brings growth; we meet someone from another culture, belief or tradition, which can only add to our knowledge base about ourselves. We develop deeper connections when we communicate with other people not like us; blood and oxygen unites everyone, as does our inner search for meaning and purpose for our lives.

Finally we mature when we experience something requiring new thoughts and different ideas; we let go of the old to embrace the new. Our society has continually been challenged to mature, grow and develop as people require their birthrights of freedom, the pursuit of happiness and liberty for all.

Cultural competence means these opportunities are welcomed in the workplace, as different peoples bring their heritages, traditions and cultural expressions to the fabric that makes our country. Our national identity has room for others; our shared identity is not threatened by dialogue, conversations and experiences with different peoples. Let us continue to expand our experiences with different peoples, by recalling accurately our national heritage has always added others to our identity as Americans.

James Weathersby

Augusta