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Letters to the Editor
  • Published
    July 4, 2011

    Christian finds Legislature not a spiritual desert

    I read with interest the column by David Offer concerning how Ann LePage's prayer "offended" people.

  • Published
    July 4, 2011

    Christian finds Legislature is not a spiritual desert

    I read with interest the column by David Offer concerning how Ann LePage’s prayer “offended” people. I write for those who were not offended. As a first-term legislator, I know my God sent me to Augusta to work for the people and state. I did not plan to seek this role. However Jesus has better […]

  • Published
    July 3, 2011

    Proposed cure for Medicare may be worse than its ills

    A new government report says the Medicare program is $24.6 trillion in debt. The rate at which this debt is accumulating is increasing, with Maine falling in line as one of the sources. Medicare costs in Maine have been rising by 6.9 percent annually, according to the latest statistics. If we do nothing to fix […]

  • Published
    July 3, 2011

    Failure to pass bill will kill horse racing in Maine

    I read this morning about L.D. 1203, the racino bill, not passing. Why can’t a business decide to move to another location with that town’s approval? This going back to the voters is really depressing. Many jobs were depending on this bill. I fear that harness racing will be only at the fairs now, if […]

  • Published
    July 3, 2011

    Some misstatements in letter about Israel

    Kirk Palmer, in his letter printed June 12, has misstated a number of facts. Israel is not an apartheid state. Except for being drafted into the army, all Palestinians in Israel have full civil rights, including the right to vote. Palestinians are members of Israel’s Parliament. The concrete wall, built by Israel as reaction to […]

  • Published
    July 3, 2011

    Messalonskee sixth-graders write letters to the editor

    The following letters to the editor are part of a class project by sixth-grade students and their teacher Alison Lehto at Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland.

  • Published
    July 3, 2011

    Library’s career center big help to job seekers

    I am writing to publicly thank the Waterville Public Library’s Business and Career Center for its help during a recent period of unemployment. After being out of work for six months with no luck in my job search, my wife suggested checking out the new job seeking assistance at the library. I needed the push […]

  • Published
    July 2, 2011

    Shared sacrifice needed in meeting budget crisis

    I believe that a Christian nation is judged by the way it treats those of its members who are least able to care for their own health and welfare. On this basis, I ask President Barack Obama to stick to his guns in having those who are doing very well financially in our country share […]

  • Published
    July 2, 2011

    New state budget both immoral and illegal

    The budget that was recently signed by Gov. Paul LePage is both immoral and illegal. What Republicans call “pension reform” was simply stealing from the retirement system to fund their pet programs. Theft, larceny, embezzlement and robbery are words that truly apply in this case. What is characterized as “saving $1.4 billion” also could be […]

  • Published
    July 2, 2011

    Judicial system failed by not forcing Lake’s trial

    Jim Loomis (letter, June 25) asked how Steven Lake got to pull the trigger. It comes down to irresponsibility and selfishness on his part. He can’t put the blame on others. He did it. Lake was mentally ill and did not get the help he needed. Even though he sought counseling, if he wasn’t totally […]

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