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No extra political bandaids
I voted early, and I ranked Lisa Savage first. I encourage others to do each of this stuff. Savage helps progressive measures to assist working class Individuals and can lay the groundwork for a post-COVID financial system. Savage is the one candidate within the U.S. Senate race who’s not a millionaire, and the one candidate not open to taking malicious PAC cash.
She is the candidate who’s most prepared to handle local weather change and save Maine’s fisheries.
Sen. Susan Collins forfeited any assist from myself when she helped go the 2017 tax cuts, underfunding center class assets whereas giving imprecise shell firms pointless tax aid. I don’t know for sure that Sara Gideon would’ve voted otherwise, however I do suppose that Collins’ partisan conduct isn’t useful to struggling Maine farmers or small enterprise house owners and threatens all our present infrastructure.
Mainers not must elect folks whom 50-plus p.c of the inhabitants might completely hate. If the winner of the Senate election owes their victory to ranked-choice voting (RCV), I hope the losers respect the desire of the Maine folks and keep away from polarizing courtroom battles that would injury our democracy. With RCV, essentially the most disliked candidate will lose.
Democrat or Republican, we have to stop voting for candidates who put bandaids on stab wounds. Cease voting for the lesser of two evils. As a substitute rank them two.
Ideas from a ‘true’ Mainer
After studying the article “What it means to be ‘from away’ in Maine’s parochial politics” I really feel impelled, as an eighth-generation Mainer, to supply the normal, and proper, definition of being “from right here or away.”
“Right here” could also be your neighborhood, city, or half of the state; “away” is anywhere else, particularly if it’s south of Wiscasset. Even being born in Maine might not be sufficient to make you a “true” Mainer, or native Mainer as we known as ourselves in these pre-politically right days. You have got to have the ability to hint your ancestors again a minimum of three generations within the state, ideally in the identical city. As a result of, as one other native Mainer as soon as advised me, “Simply ‘trigger the cat has her kittens within the oven don’t make ‘em biscuits.”
Advantage in having debates
I agree with Ryan Skinnell when he writes in his Oct. 12 column, “In a democracy, if everybody has a voice and everybody’s views are legit then disagreement, battle and argument are inevitable.” The flexibility to debate with others is an integral a part of understanding differing factors of views and in methods discovering widespread floor. It additionally supplies a approach for us to strategy a problem by means of a number of views till the answer is discovered.
We have to have extra debates and discussions inside politics which can be civil. That is what’s going to permit our nation to develop extra and to construct upon itself. Political leaders want to acknowledge that having debates through which either side are allotted the identical time to argue factors is essential. It’s not acceptable for a participant in a debate to difficulty private assaults on one other. I additionally agree with the factors highlighted on this article about what an excellent argument ought to entail. These are tips that politicians and others in our society to contemplate and put into apply when debating.
Whether or not you see the profit in having debates in politics or not they’ve served our nation in its growth. They’ll most certainly proceed to be a approach for us to see one another’s perspective and discover the very best strategy to a state of affairs. The necessity stays although to maintain them civil. With out working to do that, debates might take a type that can make it more durable for us to make selections.
Steadfast assist for Collins
I’m fairly positive that each one of us who care about our nice state of Maine and plan to vote on Nov. three are turned off by the negative campaign strategy that has grow to be so widespread. I additionally imagine that these of us who’ve supported Sen. Susan Collins previously are usually not fooled by the huge marketing campaign effort towards her.
Collins has been one of the steadfast and constant political leaders in all of Washington. She has carried out a fabulous job representing Maine. I’ve had many conversations with Collins and her workers. She has not modified. I respect her willingness to face as much as the particular pursuits that need her changed.
My assist for Susan Collins is steadfast, and I hope different folks’s assist for her is just too.
Rising drug costs
Prescription drug costs are rising, not falling. As a Maine senior citizen, although I’ve Half D Medicare drug insurance coverage, I pay over $4,000 per yr for medicine that I need to take daily. And the fee for my husband’s chemotherapy medicine from a “specialty pharmacy” have been over $900 a month.
This yr, I’m voting for candidates who’ve a significant and lifelike plan to decrease prescription drug costs for everybody. I’m going to their web sites, studying all the things I can discover about every candidate’s particular plans to decrease drug costs.
I hope folks will be a part of me in casting their vote for candidates who will make a distinction on this essential financial difficulty.
Gideon is my first selection
He has exposed numerous workers within the White Home, who’ve little selection relating to working in a protected surroundings. This administration has repeatedly proven us they care little in regards to the well being of Individuals and are poised to utterly dismantle the Reasonably priced Care Act with no replacement in sight.
We are able to belief Sara Gideon to guard our entry to healthcare. We desperately want her in Washington. Individuals ought to please be a part of me in voting for Gideon as their first selection.
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