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  • Published
    April 11, 2011

    Calculating LePage’s input, draw from retirement plan

    Gov. Paul LePage’s communications director wrote a letter to the editor published March 22 in which he protested the contents of a column by Mike Tipping. Dan Demeritt disagreed with Tipping’s column for mischaracterizing the governor’s failure to require the same increase in his contribution to his retirement in his budget that he did for […]

  • Published
    April 10, 2011

    LePage has, in fact, offered us his best side

    Amidst all the hullabaloo caused by Gov. Paul LePage’s foot-in-mouth disease, we’ve managed to overlook one very gentlemanly gesture on his part. When he told the NAACP to “Kiss my butt,” he was offering them and us all his best side. David L. Mitchell Madison

  • Published
    April 10, 2011

    4th-grader thanks LePage ‘for all of his hard work’

    I am 10 years old and in the fourth grade. My family has been teaching me about the history of our country. We discuss things that are happening around the country and in our state. My mom and Grammy have said that the people here have spent too much money, and now we can’t pay […]

  • Published
    April 10, 2011

    ‘Must we negate one group to recognize another?’

    The disrespect that Gov. Paul LePage is showing the labor and artist communities is frighteningly reminiscent of another time –1939. Is this, “Maine, the way life should be”? This is Maine after LePage; elected under false campaigning by 39 percent of the people who naively believed the stealth bully. Is it so difficult to honor […]

  • Published
    April 10, 2011

    Veteran supports ban on smoking in private clubs

    I served in the military for more than 30 years. I am also a Republican who supports Democratic Rep. Anna Blodgett’s proposed L.D. 1230 to ban smoking in private, veterans clubs. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, less than 35 percent of veterans smoke, including those from Iraq and Afghanistan. Each year at taxpayers’ […]

  • Published
    April 9, 2011

    Natural Resources Council hypocrite on environment

    My husband and I have been members of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, believing in its mission to protect Maine’s environment. Our enthusiasm dampened, however, when we learned that NRCM was one of 16 members of the 2008 Governor’s Wind Power Task Force, which recommended that 2,700 megawatts of wind capacity be developed on […]

  • Published
    April 9, 2011

    Mural showed how hard Maine people have worked

    I couldn’t believe what I saw on the local TV news on March 23 about the latest thing our Gov. Paul LePage has done. He seems to have plenty of new sayings about Marden’s staying open in bad weather and for certain people to “kiss my bu–.” That was a really professional saying, to say […]

  • Published
    April 9, 2011

    Young people who can’t find work can join military

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  • Published
    April 9, 2011

    Budget does not improve pension system solvency

    In Joseph Reisert’s column of March 25, he writes, “The governor and our Republican state treasurer are working actively to improve the long-term solvency of the state pension system.” I disagree. The Gov. Paul LePage’s budget proposal would increase the public employee’s contribution to the pension fund by an additional 2 percent of salary, but […]

  • Published
    April 9, 2011

    Artist promises never to ‘paint a large mural’

    As an artist, I am a little apprehensive to start any new works of art. I just don’t know. Do I tell the state of my ideas and concepts and wait for its approval, or produce the work of art and then take it to the state and hope it is deemed acceptable? I would […]

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