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  • Published
    April 15, 2011

    Glad to see micro-brewery day was revived in Maine

    On June 13, 1995, we at the Quik-stops of Maine held a micro-brewery day at the Muddy Rudder in Wiscasset to raise money for a young man with cancer. We featured new micros at that time and had nine micros that were just getting started. They grew to become national companies that are very successful […]

  • Published
    April 15, 2011

    ‘Income redistribution’ going from bottom to top

    In all the media coverage of the budget talks these many weeks, why is so little being made of the corollary to spending cuts, namely, increased revenues? To speak of the very wealthy bearing more of the burden usually brings a cry of “income redistribution.” Has it escaped everyone’s attention that we are already seeing […]

  • Published
    April 15, 2011

    What else did LePage say when first seeing mural?

    When Gov. Paul LePage made his first official visit to Maine’s Department of Labor, he viewed there the grand 36-foot mural depicting Maine’s labor history. In addition to his now-famous denouncing it as being anti-business, did anyone nearby imaginatively hear him conclude his vocal opinion by muttering: “Bah humbug!” Maal Sibulkin Winslow

  • Published
    April 15, 2011

    Taylor’s mural not inspired by socialist realism

    At least Judy Taylor’s Department of Labor artwork is removable and, I hope, has been stored carefully until this imbroglio is over. In 1934, Diego Rivera’s fresco “Man at the Crossroads,” which included a clear picture of Vladimir Lenin, was chiseled from the walls of Rockefeller Center when Nelson Rockefeller disapproved of including the communist […]

  • Published
    April 15, 2011

    ‘Time to put our financial house in order’

    If the state of Maine and the United States is to recover from the damage being done by the uncontrolled spending and rising debt, it must be stopped. We must support the new governor in getting his budget passed, which will go a long way in helping Maine get back on a solid financial foundation. […]

  • Published
    April 15, 2011

    Community Action agencies fulfill great need

    I am writing this letter in public support of Western Maine Community Action Program in light of proposed federal budget cuts to funding for Community Action agencies nationwide. I don’t think enough people appreciate what an essential role Community Action agencies play in their respective communities. For example, this past heating season the Franklin County […]

  • Published
    April 14, 2011

    ‘Time value of money’ crucial in pension payout

    The letter from Neal Patterson (April 6) describes the state retirement system as “too generous” and “not sustainable.” Patterson presented the pensions of two “random acquaintances,” examining what they had paid into the system, and what they had been paid out of it. His figures were, indeed, unsettling. Then I noticed the flaw in Patterson’s […]

  • Published
    April 14, 2011

    ‘Truth and facts don’t matter’ in GOP-run states

    Kudos to those GOP senators signing the op-ed piece: “Government by Disrespect.” They’re missing a nastier issue, however: The attack on Maine seniors, families and working people, while increasing handouts to the rich, that’s being replicated in all GOP-run states. Why are different states being attacked with the same strategy? Why do the various bills […]

  • Published
    April 14, 2011

    Word ‘kleptocracy’ seems to fit our government

    I’m getting confused. First of all, when the Democrats in Congress were trying were trying to pass the health care bill, all of our tea party friends were saying “hands off my Medicare.” I agree with them. It’s a good idea to save Medicare. So, anyway, they went and elected a bunch of their guys […]

  • Published
    April 14, 2011

    Give LePage a chance to do what he promised

    The people of Maine are tired of being among the top taxed and lowest paid nationally. It took years of thinking that the tax dollar was as easy to come by as the waves breaking on the Maine coast. Maine is now nearly bankrupt. We are constantly losing our greatest resource — our next generation […]

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