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    April 14, 2011

    Optimism throughout state for LePage’s leadership

    I am tired of the constant bashing of our new governor. Yes, he has done some things that I probably would not have done, but after 30-plus years of same-party rule, it will take a while to get used to leading, and mistakes will be made. The good news is that everywhere I turn there […]

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    April 14, 2011

    LePage’s ‘gut responses … are trivial and weak’

    Leadership is lacking in Maine. It could be argued that three months of being governor cannot possibly be enough time to evaluate a leader, but I disagree. Paul LePage has demonstrated his fundamental style of leadership. We have been able to see how he deals with conflict, dissension, compromise and public discourse. Mainers heard LePage’s […]

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    April 14, 2011

    Senators’ piece had its good points, and not so good

    I read the op-ed piece written by Sens. Roger Katz and Brian Langley that was co-signed by my senator, Tom Saviello, in this newspaper. I very much appreciated the sentiment expressed that Gov. Paul LePage’s tone, demeanor and belittling comments have no place in Maine political discourse. Putting people down, dismissing their concerns and removing […]

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    April 14, 2011

    DNA bill would exacerbate state’s backlog problem

    Rep. Maeghan Maloney (Maine Compass, April 9) describes proposed legislation that would require all persons charged with a serious crime to submit a DNA sample for analysis. While there is no disputing the power of DNA evidence, this bill is misguided and unnecessary. Maine law already requires all convicted felons to submit a DNA sample, […]

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    April 14, 2011

    Everything is done with some kind of labor

    The now removed mural (in Augusta) showing labor’s history was removed by labor, scurried away by labor and hidden by labor. How can one person have so much power that he can dictate what can be shown in state buildings, buildings that were and are paid for by taxpayers. The sign in Kittery states that […]

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    April 14, 2011

    State backing out of its pension obligation

    Whatever happened to the notion of shared sacrifice? It seems that the governor’s notion of shared sacrifice is forcing $524 million in cuts to the health and retirement benefits of Maine’s public workers, teachers and retirees, all the while reducing the top income tax rate for Maine’s wealthiest residents. As a customer service representative at […]

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    April 14, 2011

    War’s ‘profits are reckoned in dollars and losses in lives’

    It seems altruistic for America to go to the aid of the so-called rebels in Libya and wreak havoc on everybody including the despot and his army. Remember, though, that just a few years ago America gave Libya a favorable status and even took it off the list of terrorist states. Think about it. As […]

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    April 14, 2011

    LePage should remember responsibility as role model

    Gov. Paul LePage’s repeated displays of contemptuous arrogance toward those whose opinions do not reflect his own have, in my view, negative consequences for our children’s psychological and moral development. Children are significantly affected by people in positions of power, especially those who frequently appear in the media. Essential qualities of tolerance, receptivity toward constructive […]

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    April 14, 2011

    Mainers should support citizens’ recall petition

    The citizens of this great state of Maine have no legal or constitutional recourse in the event of an unfair or undemocratic election. This, I believe, is an affront to the very foundation of this democratic nation. I live and work in this wonderful state and Paul LePage’s political, business, ethical and social philosophies and […]

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    April 14, 2011

    Wind power worth lots of money to developers

    Research and study by concerned Maine people and groups have revealed the keys to understanding the hard and fast promotion of industrial wind in Maine. Quite simply, wind power is being promoted because of how much it’s worth in government subsidy dollars to the developer for towers it can erect quickly, no matter how short-lived. […]

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