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    April 8, 2011

    Tax policy hasn’t worked, should be changed

    Joseph Reisert’s column on March 25, “Pain from budget cuts inevitable, but do we have a choice?” misses the mark entirely. He claims that there really is no alternative to our governor’s proposed budget. That budget would cut state employee benefits, “reform the state’s welfare programs” (which apparently is another way of describing huge cuts […]

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    April 8, 2011

    Businesses need labor, just as labor needs businesses

    I would like to suggest that Gov. Paul LePage replace the murals in the Department of Labor with those giving the “business” point of view. May I suggest one of the Ludlow Mine strike in 1914, with the National Guard shooting women and children, or the Columbine Mine massacre by the local militia in 1927. […]

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    April 8, 2011

    Tourists boycott places they find politically offensive

    Gov. Paul LePage has been very efficient in the number of people he has managed to offend with a single decree. In taking down the mural in the Department of Labor depicting events from the history of labor in Maine, he has offended artists, historians, labor activists, union members, art historians and many of us […]

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    April 8, 2011

    Wondering if LePage was person offended by mural

    Gov. Paul LePage’s remarks and actions remind me of “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” the classic fairy tale meant to teach a lesson about honesty, integrity and truth. The emperor wants to believe he is smarter, better than all of us, that we will be intimidated to admit that we don’t see what is right. Even […]

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    April 8, 2011

    People throughout the world share 5 values

    Rushwell Kidder of the International Institute for Global Ethics in Camden tells us that people and cultures throughout the world share five important values: Honesty, responsibility, respect, fairness and compassion. These are common values that we learn from each other, especially from parents, no matter what our religion happens to be. Our elected representatives should […]

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    April 8, 2011

    Pension system being ‘rigged’ against employees

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    April 8, 2011

    Why were protests of hundreds ignored?

    The process for selecting and placing public art is a democratic one, especially when it is paid for by public money as Judy Taylor’s “History of Maine Labor” mural was, under the Percent for Art Program. With a little research online, I discovered that the Maine Arts Commission released a Request for Proposals (RFP), which […]

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    April 8, 2011

    Negative effect of 3 bills worries landowner

    As someone from away who also owns and pays tax on a piece of lakeshore property in the state of Maine, I want to voice my concern about a few bills set to be voted on in the House. The specific bills of concern are L.D. 219, L.D. 424 and L.D. 888, which all negatively […]

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    April 8, 2011

    LePage should focus on what he was elected to do

    In the short time Gov. Paul LePage has been in office, his outspoken behavior and unprofessionalism and the lack of respect he displays for the state warrants some sessions with Dr. Phil. The people in Maine, including those not born here, are hardworking and care about the state, as are our family, friends and neighbors. […]

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    April 8, 2011

    Country music isn’t what it used to be

    What’s happened to country music? I never thought I’d turn off a country music awards show, but I did last night. George Strait, Alan Jackson and George Jones are among a few of the good country singers. I was a country fan even in high school (1960s). Yes, I’m from the old school, but I […]

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