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  • Published
    October 6, 2011

    Suicide by cop could be made more cost-efficient

    The front-page article, “Dead man’s sister: He was off his medication,” on Sept. 27 said the man, Paul A. Fritze, “was shot when he confronted Maine State Police.” It is interesting to note that Fritze “allegedly entered the house and opened fire at two occupants, both of whom fled uninjured.” I have a hard time […]

  • Published
    October 5, 2011

    Skowhegan should raise funds to raze 4th eyesore

    I was very happy to see in a recent Morning Sentinel that the three buildings in Skowhegan on the corner of Madison Avenue and Commercial Street have been purchased and eventually will be taken down and a park put in their place. Now we need to have an individual come forward and purchase the former […]

  • Published
    October 5, 2011

    Time Warner digital box conversion anti-consumer

    Digital Cable Conversion is completely anti-consumer. They can cut service costs, forgo capacity upgrades and charge indefinitely per device, leaving consumers with inconveniences, obstacles and surcharges. Time Warner Cable staff said the digital cable adapters (DCA) are mandatory, for everything, unless you have a digital cable box per device. HDTVs with digital tuner do not […]

  • Published
    October 5, 2011

    If DNA could prove innocence, it should be used

    Something is very, very wrong with our judicial system when DNA testing that could be used to solve a 31-year-old murder case is not used. This would be a fantastic use of science and technology. Why can’t this technology be used to free Dennis Dechaine if it shows he is innocent? When there is any […]

  • Published
    October 5, 2011

    Let’s hope contractors give Readfield good service

    In light of the recent vote to not retain the Public Works in Readfield, I only hope that local contractors who have politicked for this change will accept their responsibility to provide the town a fair service at a reasonable cost. I expect that the group voting for change will not cause my taxes to […]

  • Published
    October 5, 2011

    Lithgow Library’s turn to receive city’s help

    The need to renovate and expand Lithgow Library is a development that should be taken as a piece of a larger consideration. Augusta residents more than 20 years ago recognized that the former City Hall no longer met the city’s needs, and that a newer, roomier facility was needed. City Center stands today as testimony […]

  • Published
    October 5, 2011

    Gardiner students clean up rail trail waste of others

    I just spent my morning with a wonderful group of students from Gardiner Area High School, and I encourage everyone to spend time with young people like these. They spent their morning cutting sumac and alders, pulling weeds, pulling grass and disposing of twigs and clippings, all to make the Gardiner end of the Kennebec […]

  • Published
    October 5, 2011

    Leaders failed Girl Scouts in dog park project

    Young folks (in this letter it’s the article about the Girl Scouts on Sept. 23 that moves me) have the drive to achieve success, and the completion of Augusta’s new dog place deserves praise. But young folks also need the guidance of mature adults who usually lead our inexperienced youth to understand the rules, regulations […]

  • Published
    October 4, 2011

    Maybe it’s time for US to keep low profile

    My wife and I love Tony Bennett. At our wedding, we picked his version of “When Will the Bells Ring For Me?” as one of our songs. When we invite guests for dinner, we always cue up “Perfectly Frank” — a collection of Bennett interpretations of signature Frank Sinatra songs Recently, Bennett ruffled feathers by […]

  • Published
    October 4, 2011

    How many jobs will MPBN lose from funding cuts?

    In a rather snarky editorial on Sept. 21, the newspaper suggested that MPBN should not resist a second funding cut of $46,526 on top of the $500,000 already taken from its $1.5 million allotment. The editorial points out that “the money not cut from its budget would have to come from somewhere else,” perhaps schools […]

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