A. Pelletier: Congratulations on good job

I can finally write a letter to congratulate those Maine lawmakers who worked together to take care of the state's business.

Their decision to override the governor's veto on the state budget shows that they care deeply about the "state of the state" and us property taxpayers who simply cannot afford a property tax hike because of denied revenue sharing.

I know the budget bill has issues that go far beyond the points I just made, but with a spirit of cooperation, those issues can be resolved.

Now that we know we can get things done without the governor, let's look at expanded health care again. This bill was amended many times to satisfy both sides. When it was finally written, it was a good, common-sense bill with safety nets that the governor should have embraced.

Legislators deserve congratulations for a job well done.

Al Pelletier, Norway

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ERNEST LABBE's picture

Al the problem is

Al the problem is you cannot keep raising taxes. Spending has to be cut period. Obama care is not the answer. Do you really want a government employee overriding your doctor as to what care you need?

The best common sense approach would be to make emergency rooms just that. For true emergencies, not because you have a cold, a blister, or some other mild medical condition that does not require an ambulance ride to the hospital.

I would gladly pay ten bucks for a person to take a taxi ride to a clinic to have these problems taken care of. The care would be just as good and the cost would be far less then a trip to the hospital ER.

If you think that there are not any nonsense ambulance rides I will lend you a scanner so you can monitor the calls that Pace and other local services respond to.

Why is it that people from foreign countries come here for health care? Because right now we have the worlds best care givers. Why would anyone want to ruin that?


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So much of this is wrong its hard to know where to start

"Do you really want a government employee overriding your doctor as to what care you need?" No and that's not in Obamacare. Nor are death panels, leprecauns, unicons, or other fairy tales. The current system is that an insurance clerk stands between you and your doctor. Obamacare eliminates that.
We do not have the world's best care givers. We are ranked from the mid-teens to the low thirties depending on the criteria by vitally everyone that ranks countries on results. The only thing we are number one in is cost. Our health care costs at least twice what it does everywhere else in the industrialized world. Far more Americans go overseas for treatment and drugs than come here.
But I will allow that if you are a well-to-do foreigner you will get better care here than at home. Well, that is if you pay 10 times as much as you would at home.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Looks like you dodged the

Looks like you dodged the bullet, and you can avoid paying your fair share again.

Please tell the readers who is picking up the budget tab?

AL PELLETIER's picture

Flatlanders like you.

Who will be paying a little more in meals and lodging taxes.
My MAINE property tax bill, by the way, is $1,980 a year. What's your fair share?

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My bill is $6,000 per year.

That must mean I use 3 times the local municipal services as you do. My youngest graduated from HS twenty years ago, but no one ever since has offered to adjust my "fair share" downward to account for reduced usage of the school system. My place is in a rural area - no town water, sewer or street-lights, and the police make a pass through once a month - but my taxes pay for those items, and many more, for people who are "less fortunate".

You asked What's your fair share? Evidently your answer is that my fair share is at least what I pay now, and perhaps much more, for no better reason than 50%+1 of the electorate want to pay less. Happy, Al? No question to a question.

RONALD RIML's picture

Are you growing beefsteak or bellyaching tomatoes??

Something's leaving an acidic feeling in your gut........

AL PELLETIER's picture


Your need for municipal services are exactly like mine. I will simply say, looks like you have a nicer spread then I do or your mil rate is a lot higher then here in Norway.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

You only gave me half the

You only gave me half the information. How about tell me home valuation too or more simply the mil rate then I can tell you.

AL PELLETIER's picture

Answer a question with a question?

Talk about "dodging the bullet" .

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Perhaps you should stop

Perhaps you should stop shooting with blanks.

RONALD RIML's picture

Thank you for your thoughtful letter, Mr. Pelletier

And "Welcome Home," Sailor....

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Looks like you continue to

Looks like you continue to get stuff and avoid paying full value for it.

RONALD RIML's picture

Do you have some 'Skin in this Maine Game'

or do you continue to be Droll Troll???

I like that...

Droll Troll. Wish I'd thought of it.

Interesting to note how he's gone from not living here for 25 years and not coming back til the state meets *his* conditions to frequent trips back and owning property (absentee landlord?) and voting here (don't you have to be a residents? Isn't that the point of all those Voter ID laws his friends keep trying to pass? Isn't that voter fraud?). Personally, I don't believe a word he says. I'm not even sure he does.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Consider vote by proxy.

Consider vote by proxy.

AL PELLETIER's picture

I vote

Droll Troll.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Real original there Al. Like

Real original there Al. Like always, no facts, just personal attacks.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Like I said before, I find

Like I said before, I find you very empathetic with other people’s money.

Moreover, how do you know that I don’t own land in Maine? I have more skin in Maine than you can imagine.

RONALD RIML's picture

Aw..... "Delusions of Grandeur"

Simply because you were circumcised here......

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Let me put it his way. I am

Let me put it his way. I am not like some of these stupid people on-line who openly show their house on a Google map and broadcast when they are out of the country on vacation. I keep my property owning squiet and protected.

RONALD RIML's picture

You think the house was unoccupied and unprotected???

How freaking stupid are you?? Don't answer that - I've got a very good idea........

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Hey, I’m not the one putting

Hey, I’m not the one putting person schedule information out there on the web. Good cover-up though.

AL PELLETIER's picture

Just like Romney did

With his income tax returns and all of us, except you of course, know he was trying to hide something.


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