Open enrollment gave me no realistic options

I am a 45-year-old woman who works at least 40 hours a week. I knew there was an open enrollment for health insurance due by Dec. 15. That would have been all well and good had the enrollment even offered someone like me a chance to have decent insurance.

They first tell me, you have to sign up by the 15th, then they decide to give you not so desirable options. Not only have they given me plans that no semi-intelligent human would want, they say I have a deadline. Ninety-two dollars for catastrophic a month or $771 a month for a plan that may allow me to be half sick, but make sure I dot my I’s and cross my T’s.

Whatever open enrollment means, it does not mean anything close to helping the working poor. I would be better off to quit my full-time job, plead poverty, lose my car, lose my home and submit myself to this program called “open enrollment.” There needs to be a huge change, and if I can be a part of the change, I am going to learn how.

Jody Yeo

Eastbrook

Offshore drilling a bad idea

I would like to thank Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King for working to protect the New England coast from offshore drilling. But now, I would like them to take the next step and protect the whole Atlantic Coast. Along with senators from all the Atlantic Coast states, they can stand together to oppose drilling in the entire Atlantic.

Oil spills do not respect state lines. A spill south of New England can hit any number of Maine islands or seaside towns. Maine’s coastal economy thrives best when the oceans are healthy, and our coast supports 54,384 jobs and generates $2.7 billion in revenue each year, according to Oceana.

Estimates for oil and gas resources off the coast of Maine are only 10 days’ worth for oil and eight days worth for gas. It is obvious that drilling is not sustainable, while tourism, lobstering, and fishing in Maine are sustainable. These businesses have been sustaining the Maine economy for many generations. They will continue to do so if we manage our coast well, and most importantly, if senators like ours reject the idea of oil and gas drilling. Collins and King should take the next step and protect the whole Atlantic Coast.

Samantha Le

Bangor

What really offends me at Christmas

Tis the season to be offended.

It seems that Christmas brings out the thin-skinned in us. From the latest rage over a song written more than 70 years ago, to the annual offense of saying “Happy Holidays” versus “Merry Christmas.” They all run the full gamut of people claiming that something or other hurts their feelings or just plain offends them.

What offends me is that there are millions of people in this country who don’t have access to adequate health care. There are thousands of people who just lost their homes from the East Coast to the Gulf Coast to California. Yet it seems the priority of our president is a wall that can easily be gotten over, under or around. That there are many seniors who need nursing home care who can’t find a bed.

Those are just a few of the things that offend me. Merry Christmas.

Thomas Bonner

Holden