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  • Published
    April 13, 2011

    State retiree deserves pension that was promised

    For 23 years, I worked in public service, most in the Maine Department of Health & Human Services and the last 12 years with MaineCare. Then I had to retire because of a life-threatening illness. Now my disability pension is under threat by the governor’s budget plan. My payments have been frozen at the same […]

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    April 13, 2011

    ‘Brainwashed millions’ vote against own interests

    I can see why millionaires would vote for people who have the outlook of “government bad.” They are financially isolated enough to take any downswing with ease. They think about nothing but tax cuts. They vote for idiots who say “government is terrible,” but after they are elected, they make a terrible government. The scariest […]

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    April 13, 2011

    Clean Elections Fund keeps Maine voters in charge

    Several bills are currently before the Legislature that advocate either a partial repeal or a full repeal of Maine’s clean election system. This is disappointing, because for more than 10 years, the Maine Clean Election Act has worked to get the big money out of Maine elections. We did it by imposing reasonable contribution limits […]

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    April 13, 2011

    ‘Let’s tax all political contributions at 50%’

    In these hard economic times, we must look deeper for new sources of tax revenue. Although I oppose any new tax, here’s an idea: Let’s tax all political contributions at 50 percent. Let the politicians who raise billions, help pay for our deficit spending. Tim Morrill Richmond

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    April 13, 2011

    Mural’s alleged location could violate several laws

    The article appearing on page B4 of the April 2 Kennebec Journal, “Lawsuit filed over mural’s removal,” reads, “He believes the mural is being stored in an electrical closet at the Department of Labor.” An electrical room is not an approved or appropriate storage room. If this allegation is correct, it may be a violation […]

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    April 13, 2011

    Better things to focus on than whoopie pies, murals

    Whoopie pies and the labor mural are about the only news we have read in the newspaper or have seen on local television channels. The whoopie pie story is a joke, considering all the problems we actually have to address in the state. How many Mainers ever heard about or saw the mural before it […]

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    April 13, 2011

    Mural removal first salvo in weakening protections

    The mural removed from the Maine Department of Labor offices by order of Gov. Paul LePage was commissioned, created and installed as a way to illustrate a bit of the history of the American workplace. As executed by artist Judy Taylor, the mural is a powerful reminder of the reasons our laws contain the worker […]

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    April 13, 2011

    When will LePage realize he’s ‘not helping Maine’

    Last week, we flew at 30,000 feet from San Francisco to Boston after one month abroad with no Internet, radio or TV. No news, is good news, I thought. How wrong I was. I walked to the back of the plane for some exercise and a glass of water. “Where are you from?” the flight […]

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    April 13, 2011

    LePage should be held responsible for his conduct

    It has been embarrassing to read about the governor’s gaffes in national publications, and to see his actions spoofed on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show. This latest issue about the mural, however, feels very much like bullying. It was clear that it was not a popular idea; but instead of inviting discourse on the subject, Gov. […]

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    April 13, 2011

    Manners, respect two qualities LePage needs

    Inquiring minds find it very interesting that Paul LePage is so anti-union, when, as a former Scott Paper Co. employee, the union played a major part in his life. Scott Paper Company was a union mill. If, by chance, LePage was management, he still benefited from the mill’s union employees. It would have been the […]

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