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  • Published
    October 4, 2011

    Renovate historic sites under rules in effect then

    The reason historic buildings are not cost-efficient to restore is because of the enormous overhead involved with dealing and complying with governmental agencies. In fact, none of the buildings Anthony Ronzio mentioned in his column on Sept. 22 could have been built in the first place if those rules, mandates, taxes, inspectors and obstacles had […]

  • Published
    October 3, 2011

    HIV-infected MaineCare patients must join plan

    As the physicians who oversaw Maine’s HIV Program, we would like to answer a recent letter that claims this program drew gays to move to Maine. The overwhelming source for the higher-than-predicted enrollment in the program was the federal requirement that people already with MaineCare insurance infected with HIV be enrolled in the new program. […]

  • Published
    October 3, 2011

    GOP politicians act to deprive citizens of vote

    I don’t want barriers to our citizens voting in the state of Maine. Republican politicians keep repeating the same line about fraud and “vulnerabilities” in Maine’s voting system, but those claims are misleading. Even the leading proponents of the change to curtail Maine voters, Secretary of State Charles Summers and Maine Republican Party chairman Charles […]

  • Published
    October 3, 2011

    GOP politicians act to deprive citizens of vote

    I don’t want barriers to our citizens voting in the state of Maine. Republican politicians keep repeating the same line about fraud and “vulnerabilities” in Maine’s voting system, but those claims are misleading. Even the leading proponents of the change to curtail Maine voters, Secretary of State Charles Summers and Maine Republican Party chairman Charles […]

  • Published
    October 3, 2011

    Quimby’s land simply not national park-worthy

    For more than 50 years, landowners large and small have willingly allowed access to old trails and roads for a few weeks in the winter for use by snowmobilers. Exceptions were areas with active logging operations; and these moved about every winter, creating no hardship to anyone, and they were easily detoured around. Now along […]

  • Published
    October 2, 2011

    Employers can help prevent workers’ depression

    Thank you for covering the conference “Depression in the Workplace.” I especially appreciated Dr. Neil Korsen’s quote, “People are more likely to be stressed if they feel they don’t have control.” In my work counseling people with depression, I have repeatedly seen people depressed by their sense of powerlessness, or lack of meaning and connection […]

  • Published
    October 2, 2011

    We’re more democratic than we were in 1800s

    Permitting people to register to vote on Election Day in today’s mobile, aging and poorer society is one of the best ways we have to assure that we retain a participative democracy. I have heard our secretary of state says he believes our voting laws are like the 1800s. Hmm, basically only white men who […]

  • Published
    October 2, 2011

    National elections do not bring about change

    The U.S. has now spent $1 trillion on wars and operates military bases in more than 130 countries. Big banks have been bailed out at taxpayer expense, but the economy is still bad for most Maine citizens. They can’t find full-time jobs that pay enough to live on, they can’t get health insurance unless they […]

  • Published
    August 22, 2011

    Cut Social Security, but help Pakistan build dam

    Here we go again. No cost of living raise for two years, and now the people in Washington are talking about cutting our Social Security and Medicare. In Tuesday’s newspaper, however, I read an article about the U.S. helping Pakistan with a dam construction project. Is this anyway to balance the budget? Sending money overseas […]

  • Published
    August 22, 2011

    A plan to foil the plot against voter registration

    In his column of Aug. 16, David Offer raises yet again the accusation that by ending same-day voter registration in the state of Maine Republicans are attempting to “disenfranchise” voters. Be this a plot, and a foul one it must be, there is a way to foil it (curses!!). There are 10 weeks between now […]

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