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    April 7, 2011

    187 men died at the Alamo for a thing called freedom

    I’m writing this letter in regards to a question asked by a young man on the TV the other day. His question was, “What’s the big deal about the Alamo?” I would like to tell this young man that 187 men died at the Alamo for something called freedom. Will Travis took out his sword […]

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    April 7, 2011

    8th-grader’s insight into children who don’t learn

    This letter is a response to Mark Pantermoller’s letter (March 21) regarding who’s to blame when children don’t learn. Being an eighth-grade student in Lawrence Junior High School, I have the firsthand experience to answer this question. I have not met a teacher who could be entirely blamed for the failing of his or her […]

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    April 7, 2011

    Chili Chowder Challenge ‘biggest and best event ever’

    I would to express my appreciation for all who participated in last weekend’s Chili Chowder Challenge at the Augusta Armory. We at the Children’s Center had our biggest and best event ever, with the support of many people. The sponsorships and donations made by local businesses and individuals points out that people know the value […]

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    April 7, 2011

    12 of 15 top political donors gave to Democrats

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    April 7, 2011

    Pittston, West Gardiner continue library support

    As we all grapple with shrinking budgets and more demands for service, I want to express my gratitude that the residents of Pittston and West Gardiner voted to continue to be partner communities using the Gardiner Public Library. So many municipalities are looking for cuts in their budgets, yet these two towns overwhelmingly supported the […]

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    April 7, 2011

    Administrators also to blame for schools’ failure

    Who else to blame for a school’s failing status? This letter is in response to Mark Pantermoller’s letter, which was published on March 21. As an educator for 10 years, I feel he grossly ignored the one key group with the most power and privilege: administrators. It doesn’t take an eighth-grade education to know that […]

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    April 7, 2011

    Another idea for name of Benton Elementary School

    Brian Buker was my husband’s cousin. My husband also received a Purple Heart in Vietnam. Obviously, I would like to see Benton Elementary renamed in Brian’s honor. Since so many people seem to be against it, however, I would like to offer what I think is the perfect solution. The school could be renamed the […]

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    April 7, 2011

    Take union dues, put them toward pensions

    Shame on Peter Sirois for comparing our governor to a vicious killer like Saddam Hussein. I tried to follow his point about clawing versus working your way to the top, but he lost me with, “Look what we did, not only to him, but to his people.” Some thoughts about his perception of state workers […]

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    April 7, 2011

    Help should ‘extend beyond our own borders’

    Jane Mullin’s letter, “Help needy Americans before reaching to Japan,” on March 23 left me bewildered. How could anyone watch the immense suffering in Japan and not want to help, much less encourage others not to help? She also encourages us to send only prayers to other countries. America, the richest country in the world, […]

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    April 7, 2011

    Last bit about crash victim not necessary to story

    I was so disappointed in your article about the crash that killed the man. As I read this, I thought about a person who was just beginning life and who lost it in such a tragedy, and how the family must be hurting. When I reached the end, I was shocked that the newspaper put […]

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