2016-08-04 / Opinion


Neilson a Uniquely Well-Qualified Candidate

Will Neilson, a candidate for district 53 of the Maine House, is a long-time community activist dedicated to improving the lives of Maine citizens. He wants to use this experience to increase economic prosperity and the health and well being of all Mainers.

As an attorney with expertise in finance, Will also has a far-reaching understanding of how the legal and economic sectors of government overlap and work together to offer many different solutions for a stronger economy.

He’ll be an effective advocate for jump starting Maine’s economy by using resources such as Medicaid/ MaineCare expansion funds currently not in the state budget. This will boost the health care sector with increased jobs and through the use of subsidiary medical services, while assuring that Maine workers get the care they need to stay productive. Medicaid expansion funds will also help shrink the burden of uncompensated care for Maine hospitals and health centers.

The needs of Maine families and small businesses are among Will’s greatest concerns. The father of three, Will also owns the restaurant Solo Bistro with his wife and business partner Pia. He understands the complexities of managing a small business in today’s rapidly changing economy.

Will Neilson is a uniquely well-qualified candidate for these uniquely challenging times.

Jane Elizabeth Fisher,


We Should Remove U.S. Nukes from Turkey

On Aug. 6 and 9 in 1945, the United States used the only two existing nuclear weapons in the world on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Now we live in a world with 15,375 nuclear weapons, and the United States and Russia have 93 percent of those. The other nations with their own nuclear weapons are France, China, United Kingdom, Pakistan, India, Israel and North Korea. In addition, five other NATO allies (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and Turkey) host U.S. B61 nuclear bombs designed to be dropped by aircraft. In Turkey the bombs are in the Incirlik Air Base. This is the base U.S. planes use to fly missions against ISIS.

During the July 15, 2016 attempted military coup in Turkey, the airspace over Incirlik was closed, and US planes could not fly. The Washington Post on July 19 had a piece titled “The U.S. stores nuclear weapons in Turkey. Is that such a good idea?”

Previously, the U.S. removed nuclear weapons from the NATO ally Greece over concerns about security there. With France, England, and the United States having nuclear weapons capable of protecting Europe shouldn’t the U.S. remove nuclear bombs hosted in Turkey?

President Obama, when in Hiroshima this past May and again this summer, has pledged to reduce the risk of nuclear weapons use. The removal of these bombs would be a small but important step in securing a future where nuclear weapons will never be used. Senators Collins and King should ask the U.S. Senate to investigate removing U.S. nuclear weapons from Turkey.

Douglas Dransfield,

Physicians for Social

Responsibility Maine,

Cape Elizabeth

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