Tuesday, June 10, 2008

We had a longer than normal post yesterday (see below) so today we’re keeping this one short and simple.

First, another hot, humid day is forecast for Maine, especially southern Maine. As we’ve done the last couple of posts, we’d like to urge you to take it easy and not overwork. Your health is too important to take chances with. Drink plenty of fluid, primarily water, to stay hydrated. I was reminded yesterday to include GatorAde in the beverage list. Avoid alcoholic beverages. If you do have to work, please take breaks, especially when you are feeling the heat, dizziness, or lethargy. It’s also important to be a good neighbor. If you have any elderly neighbors, check on them a couple of times to be sure they are making it through this heat O.K.

Second, today is Primary Election Day. There are some good races in both federal and state seats along with several referenda questions. Both Republicans and Democrats will be nominating their candidates for the November general election. Think of the conditions we have in Maine, high taxes, high insurance rates, high gas prices, high food prices, and the list goes on. Consider who has been in charge in both the Maine Legislature and in Congress and ask, “Am I really better off than I was a couple of years ago?” It’s easy to blame President Bush or Governor Baldacci, but they are not the lawmakers. Those determining our conditions are legislators and congress people. Change is not electing someone different who shares the same views. Change is getting new people with new ideas into office.

And third, We have a couple of chances today to have some effect on taxes. The Maine Legislature passed in the late, waning hours of the last session with no public input a 70-million dollar tax hike that will affect every Mainer. It taxes most all things we drink with milk products being a notable exception. But on this very hot day and as you sip some lemonade or ice tea, or a soda, or even flavored water, think that next month you’ll be paying additional taxes on it.

Furthermore, if you have any medical procedure, you’ll be paying an additional tax to the state. Both these taxes are to fund a failed state sponsored Dirigo health plan. There is a People’s Veto afoot to have a question put on the November ballot to repeal these taxes. You’ll notice that opponents of the People’s Veto never ever mention Dirigo. Even they know it’s a failed program.

Consider signing the petition. I finally signed the beverage/insurance tax one and a couple others, too.

Above all, take the time to go to the polls and vote on this Primary Tuesday.


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