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  • Published
    July 10, 2011

    Editorial on anti-bullying legislation ‘hypocritical’

    I’m responding to the diatribe published in the “Our Opinion” editorial on July 1 and all the chest-thumping, righteous indignation therein spewed at the Republican-controlled Legislature. If the Republicans at the State House are guilty of “spinelessness” for delaying anti-bullying legislation for further consideration, I simply have to ask where, oh, where is the anti-bullying […]

  • Published
    July 9, 2011

    Road repairs will help get economy going again

    Keep up the good work on road repairs, workers for the state Department of Transportation. It is no doubt a challenge with all that needs to be done. It can be inconvenient for drivers, but they eventually will appreciate it. Also thanks for all the information in the media to let everyone know what is […]

  • Published
    July 9, 2011

    CMP’s policies manage osprey nests responsibly

    An article on June 27, “CMP To Remove Osprey Nests,” may have left the wrong impression with some readers. Central Maine Power rarely disturbs the birds during the nesting season, and we don’t intend to change our practices as we build the Maine Power Reliability Program. Hundreds of ospreys nest on our utility poles. We […]

  • Published
    July 9, 2011

    Social Security, Medicare not entitlements

    Some people have said Social Security is an entitlement. Entitlement my butt! I paid for my Social Security insurance. Just because they borrowed the money doesn’t make my benefits some kind of charity or handout. Congressional benefits, aka free health care, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days […]

  • Published
    July 8, 2011

    Cruel, evil to steal flowers from a new grave

    My husband died March 27, and our son and I went to put more flowers on his grave for Father’s Day. I went again June 28 to water them and discovered the tallest iron stake was empty. The hanging plant with beautiful small blue flowers was gone. Its disappearance made me cry immediately. How could […]

  • Published
    July 8, 2011

    Save money; hire local painters to paint bridge

    I hate increasing any type of government employment, but the $12M painting job on the bridge in Augusta may create an employment opportunity while saving the local government money. If the $12M was bonded out over 10 years, the interest payable (at 3.5 percent) would be roughly $2.26 million. Why not hire four local painters […]

  • Published
    July 8, 2011

    Democrats increased taxes, didn’t cut them

    Rep. Seth Berry’s column, “Democrats pushed for affordable tax cuts for working Mainers” (July 1) seems more than a bit disingenuous. After all, the Democrats have had total control of Maine’s government for decades, and there have never been any tax cuts. There have, however, been tax increases. Last year, Maine people soundly rejected through […]

  • Published
    July 8, 2011

    No one believed cougar seen in Sidney in 1961

    I was not surprised to read about Ken Petersen seeing a large cat (cougar) in Dresden. I saw one in Sidney 30 feet away from me while picking wild berries with my wife and my mother. It was just sitting there watching me. When it saw my wife and mother getting closer, it disappeared in […]

  • Published
    July 8, 2011

    Republican offended by ‘Eight myths’ editorial

    As a registered Republican, I was offended by the misleading generalizations that were presented in the “Eight myths” editorial (July 2). It basically described Republicans as unintelligent and duplicitous, stating that the party is dominated by “anti-intellectual social Darwinists.” It presented eight pieces of “evidence” that purportedly support this unfair claim. These “facts,” however, are […]

  • Published
    July 8, 2011

    Justice should not have voted on Wal-Mart case

    I was sad to learn that the Supreme Court threw out a large employment discrimination class-action suit against Wal-Mart that had sought billions of dollars on behalf of as many as 1.5 million female workers. The lawsuit claimed that Wal-Mart’s policies and practices led to countless discriminatory decisions over pay and promotions. The court vote […]

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