Letters can't be "close" to 250 words. They can't be 251 words. They can be 249 words. Again - if you follow the guidelines, no slander, etc., and haven't heard from them in two days, call and keep calling.
Great letters and op-eds, by the way.
[quote="J. McKane"]JIMV - over 250 words[/quote]
Some of what I have posted were submissions for 'Voice of the People' and another long was was a submission about their plea for input on the papers quality.
My letters to the editor are always under 250 words and they print about 1/3
I have one in their que as we type
[quote="JIMV"][quote="J. McKane"]JIMV - over 250 words[/quote]
I have one in their que as we type[/quote]
How long has it been since you sent it in?
They are going to print my latest...when is an issue, but soon is my guess.
McKane, BDN takes 250 - 350.
and I did struggle to find the last 12 words in both.
Here is another one I do not recall being printed:
[quote]Ignorance, Whoppers, and flat Lies, one of these labels must apply. Over the last two days we have seen two letters and one opinion piece all claim as fact something that is simply untrue, Tabor does not in any way mandate any cuts in spendingâ€¦ ever.
The folk who write such whoppers KNOW this. In fact, almost all are already receiving a pay check from government as employees, social workers, or educators. They already know how to play the system to insure more money every year. In education, pay and benefits are the vast majority of the budget. In Portland every dime of every tax increase over the last 5 years has gone there.
The educators and politicians who like this system will deny it but any citizen can look up where the money really goes.
When folk like Mr. Littlefield opine about â€˜cutsâ€™ in spending, readers need to note that, as head of the Maine School Superintendents Association, he is a major recipient of taxpayer largess to the tune of well over $100,000 a year. The figures he uses to make his case come from the Maine Municipal Association, another group whose job it is to scheme of more ways to get money for local government from the taxpayer.
The next time you read about Tabor cutting spending or gutting government, ask yourself, who is the author representing? Is it the taxpayer or some group getting paid by the taxpayer? [/quote]
[quote]McKane, BDN takes 250 - 350. [/quote]
Unfortunately, they also demand exclusivity. They refused to print a letter supporting Doug Smith's Senate candidacy when I acknowledged that I also sent a copy to the Piscataquis Observer in his hometown of Dover-Foxcroft. So I told them to shove it sideways. At least they called to tell me their policy. :D
They demand exclusivity, unless it's from Tom Allen, John Richardson, or others who are in line with their proclivities.
My frau's unprinted letter to the SNBN, responding to Richardson's letter about the wonders of the Baldacci economy.
[quote]Speaker Richardson and Governor Baldacci are hiding 800 pound gorillas
in their state house offices, while showing us a yellowbird gaily
flitting outside their windows.
Thatâ€™s how they boast about a â€œstate surplus,â€ when Augusta owes
hundreds of millions to hospitals, and has an unfunded liability of $5
If these failures, with the worst economy in the nation, arenâ€™t gloom,
what is? If raising fees by over $1 Billion and exceeding LD 1
spending caps doesnâ€™t highlight their failure, what will? If losing
the most youth and the highest tax burden doesnâ€™t invite doom, what
Richardson glibly offers flim and flam on behalf of the Governor and
his Democrat Majority. Heâ€™s mastered the Simpson defense; as Homer
told Bart, the best excuse is always: â€œIt was like this when I got
Richardson says Senator Woodcock â€œis not being candid.â€ Just how
candid are Richardson and Baldacci? How do they reconcile their
Catholic faith with support for aborting the lives of infants? How do
they reconcile hiding the facts from us?
Richardson doubtless knows legislators who believe in â€œopen marriage,â€
a right to extramarital â€œrecreation.â€ Is he worried about them
proposing to eliminate adultery as grounds for divorce? Or that those
guilty of OUI will propose the elimination of drunk driving laws? If
not, why is Richardson so concerned about Senator Woodcockâ€™s personal
Because Baldacci and hit man Richardson are terrified you'll notice the
800 pound gorilla that is their failed economy.[/quote]
An editorial in the September 23 Maine Sunday Telegram by Marc R. Mutty and Rev. Jill Job Saxby, opposing Anthemâ€™s requested rate hike, argued that health care is a fundamental human right.
[url=http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=135631&ac=PHedi]Link to Commentary[/url]
I responded to that premise with a letter that they chose not to print:
To the editor:
The underlying premise of the September 23 Anthem rate hike commentary is flawed from the start. As much as some may wish it to be, health care is not a fundamental human right, as the authors suggest.
Fundamental human rights, or â€œnatural rightsâ€ as our founding fathers called them, are those rights granted by GOD, which existed on earth prior to our arrival. The gift of human intelligence, not health care as a right, has led to the development of modern health care.
The inalienable right to the â€œpursuit of happinessâ€ gives us the right to seek health care, but does not grant us a right to compel others to provide for our comfort and well being, even if it is health care.
The greatest factor driving health insurance costs today is not private insurance companies, but government intrusion. As a leader in driving health insurance premiums, Maine is a prime example. Costly mandates have resulted in healthy people opting to forgo health insurance, resulting in higher costs to health insurance providers, and thus subscribers. Maineâ€™s government insurance, Dirigo Choice, further exacerbated the problem by assessing a â€œSavings Offset Paymentâ€ fee on health insurance providers, which is passed on to subscribers.
Declaring health care a fundamental human right does not solve the problem; it merely dumps it onto the taxpayers. Releasing the government stranglehold, restoring free market competition and free choice of coverage will allow health insurance to become more affordable.
Gary C. Foster
Gary - excellent, as per always.
Mel - please tell Mrs. Mel that I "bow in her general direction..."
Mutty is part of the liberal left that dominates the Catholic Church in Maine. I got in a hell of a battle with them years ago when I questioned the Church allowing Baldacci, very much pro abortion, to use a Bangor church for a campaign spaghetti supper. Hypocrites all.
Gary - call them and make them explain why.