Ranked-choice voting is wrong

I have never liked ranked-choice voting. I voted against it twice, and now I know why. Ranked-choice voting gives people a second vote. How can that be constitutional?

If we are going to be a state that allows third-party and independent candidates (which I think we should), then those votes should count for something. With ranked-choice voting, those votes have no consequence. If the voter really believes that the lesser-known candidate is the right one, then that should be the vote that counts and they should not be allowed to vote twice.

Ranked-choice voting fundamentally changes voting in Maine and gives power to a few.

Bruce Blakney


No help for veterans

Do not tell me that Americans and veterans’ organizations care about veterans. The only time they care is when they are in front of a camera, so they can look good. Veterans organizations won’t help a veteran unless it will bring in more donations. Most don’t even have the decency to respond to you or they write and say they have no money.

The only reason Americans like veterans is because they don’t have to leave their cushy chairs and they can depend on someone else to provide their freedom and they don’t have to give up a thing.

I cannot tell you how many veterans organizations I have written and asked for help with my vehicle because I do not have a garage and have to work on it in the driveway. Don’t think that I am afraid of doing it because I have been out in that driveway working on it in conditions most people won’t even leave their home, so I am not lazy.

I can tell you from experience, I have given up on asking for help because no one really cares, unless you can bring them more donations. They can’t do it just because I am another veteran or human being, it needs to be worth their while and not yours. So don’t tell me that people really care about veterans because they do not and I know that for a fact.

Robert Tomlins


Methamphetamine dangers

Illicit drug use and production continue to be a threat in Maine, and properly addressing and managing these issues continues to be crucial to the health of not only the public, but of the environment as well. Recently, we’ve seen news about a Sanford woman accused of trafficking drugs and a recent bust in Ellsworth.

Methamphetamine has levied a costly toll on Maine’s public health and environment over the years. While many are aware of the harmful effects meth has on its users, it’s a lesser-known fact that this drug’s production creates toxic byproducts that endanger our environment and require costly and time-consuming professional clean-up efforts.

As the owner of Biospecialists LLC, I specialize in cleaning and remediation involving methamphetamine labs, trauma and crime scenes. As a result, I know firsthand the devastating effects that meth has had on our state.

The Maine Pharmacy Association, the Retail Association of Maine and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association have stepped up to do just that with a recently launched educational initiative. The campaign has sought to raise public awareness of a little-known practice called “smurfing,” which involves meth cooks recruiting Mainers to purchase medicines containing pseudoephedrine — the ingredient they need to make meth — for them. Smurfing is not only a felony offense with harsh legal consequences, it plays a vital role in the process of domestic meth production. As a result, many smurfs, unaware of the consequences of their actions, are furthering the detrimental impacts the drug has on public health, the environment and the allocation of taxpayer dollars to clean-up efforts.

William York