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  • Published
    April 3, 2011

    LePage is making long-dead Mainers turn over in graves

    Paul LePage certainly is a magician: He has been able to make our parents and grandparents and their parents turn over in their graves. We come from a long line of small business owners and farmers, as well as nurses, teachers, postal workers, and cotton, shoe and paper mill workers. We have always been proud […]

  • Published
    April 3, 2011

    LePage, Rotary advisers reminded of Four Way Test

    Rotary founder Paul Harris realized the importance of a prosperous business community. Over the course of a lifetime, he invited community business leaders to join in fellowship and service to their communities believing that “he profits most who serves best.” One of the hallmarks of Rotary is the Four Way Test. The Test consists of […]

  • Published
    April 3, 2011

    Precautionary approach to chemicals best for kids

    As a professor of environmental policy, I write in response to Jon Reisman’s March 26 column criticizing the policy basis of the Kid-Safe Products Act. Reisman takes issue with a precautionary approach to assessing a chemical’s impact on children. He would like to see the burden of proof fall on the public rather than the […]

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    April 3, 2011

    Simple solution to issue of bathrooms for transgender

    I will be the first to admit that I don’t understand transgender very much, but rather than spend way too much money arguing about it, and worrying about protecting students’ safety, why not build a few more bathrooms? One for everyone. Cathy Cook Breau Burnham

  • Published
    April 2, 2011

    LePage is ‘on the verge of being a dictator’

    I hated to see the Department of Labor murals come down. For one thing, Gov. Paul LePage is only taking orders from the Heritage Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce. He was only a figurehead in Waterville, and he’s a figurehead in Augusta. A recall is in order because of incompetence and violation of his […]

  • Published
    April 2, 2011

    Mural removal against freedom of expression

    I want to voice my opinion about the recent events in the news of the governor of Maine. When it comes to politics, I can be a little sleepy, although I do vote, but when it comes to art you have my attention. I have a degree in fine arts from the University of Maine […]

  • Published
    April 2, 2011

    Moose on license hurtful to victims of collisions

    According to the article in the newspaper on March 23, an example of the soon-to-be-issued license displays a large moose as visible and perhaps a better photo than the actual bearer of the license. It isn’t a mystery as to how this came about. Matt Dunlap, our former secretary of state, designed it. We live […]

  • Published
    April 2, 2011

    Calling people ‘idiots’ shows LePage’s narrowmindedness

    I am one of the 62 percent of Maine voters who did not vote for Paul LePage. I can’t understand how he could possibly think he has a mandate from the residents of Maine when he got only 38 percent of the vote. His very narrow win should have told him that he should work […]

  • Published
    April 2, 2011

    LePage’s actions speaking louder than his words

    I have some simple questions I think our governor should answer: Why try, yet again, to balance the state budget on the backs of its dedicated and already overburdened employees? Gov. Paul LePage’s plan is defined perfectly, in my opinion, by the quote: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a […]

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    April 2, 2011

    Mural ‘travesty’ has deepened political rifts

    What is the value of history? My students often ask that question. History has no real value for them until they are directly affected, possibly experiencing various aspects of our great Constitution or in discovering their roots. Those who immerse themselves in the Great American Story will realize the nation has some sordid chapters about […]

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