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  • Published
    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 3, 2011

    LePage’s raid of benefits package will hurt Maine

    Tony Payne’s column on March 21 discusses public and private sector retirement. One of his points is that raising the retirement age is reasonable, given that people live longer now. Let’s think some about some issues this could raise. The work force will retain more older people who ordinarily would have been replaced by younger […]

  • Published
    April 3, 2011

    Some business owners don’t care about workers

    On March 25, 1911 (100 years ago), a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City resulted in the deaths of 146 workers. Most were young girls, aged 16-23, who worked 47 hours per week. The building had four possible escapes from the flames. The fire escape was possibly broken before the fire […]

  • Published
    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 […]

  • Published
    April 2, 2011

    Private groups monitor their own smoking policy

    Rep. Anna Blodgett, D-Augusta, has proposed L.D. 1230 to Sen. Earl McCormick, R-West Gardiner, chairman of the Health and Human Services committee, which will prohibit smoking inside private clubs unless they construct a special hermetically sealed room. Without substantial budgets, these clubs will be forced to go non-smoking. This will diminish the number of contributing […]

  • Published
    April 2, 2011

    LePage’s Franco-American heritage depicted in mural

    As if anyone needed further proof of Paul LePage’s intentions to put Maine labor (working stiffs like you and me) in its place and eradicate the middle class, we now have his disgraceful action of removing any hint of Maine’s long fight for labor rights at the Labor Department. In doing this, he has turned […]

  • Published
    April 2, 2011

    Website offers songs, history of labor unions

    There has been a lot of union bashing lately. Well, I, for one, want to say thanks to the unions. Although I have never been a union member, my wages and benefits have been positively affected by what the IBEW has been able to negotiate with the companies for which I worked. For more information, […]

  • Published
    April 2, 2011

    Photo ID requirement would discourage voters

    Questioning anyone’s citizenship diminishes that person’s ability to exercise his or her right to vote. In today’s polarized society, it appears that a minority view currently prevails. I feel that the requirement of a photo ID adds another layer of discouragement to a majority of voters (especially elderly voters and people who have fallen on […]

  • Published
    April 2, 2011

    Snowe, Collins asked again to speak out against vitriol

    Several weeks ago, I wrote about my concern over the inflammatory language against President Barack Obama. I asked Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins to speak out against remarks made by many in the political arena. The “birthers” have tried to influence our state and country with the silly, but dangerous claim that President Obama […]

  • Published
    April 2, 2011

    Unions also under attack in Germany in 1933

    Does this ring a familiar bell with the folks here in Maine, maybe Wisconsin, Ohio: “We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their leaders in prison. We must reduce workers salaries and take away their right to strike.” Adolph Hitler said it on May 2, 1933. The justification for the attacks on […]

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