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Letters to the Editor
  • Published
    April 1, 2012

    Just wait until you need state worker’s assistance

    I am state employee. I can’t wait until you need something from my office. I am a state employee. You froze my pay; you cheer when my pay or benefits are cut. I am a state employee. You hate me if I teach your children; you hate me if I earn enough to live on. […]

  • Published
    April 1, 2012

    Searchers solve eight-year mystery for man’s family

    We would like to express our deep appreciation to the searchers, professional and volunteer, for recovering our son and brother, Steve Brandon, on March 24 during the Waterville search for Ayla Reynolds. Though on a different mission at the time, the searchers inadvertently solved a sad eight-year mystery for our family. We have, and always […]

  • Published
    April 1, 2012

    This state seems ready to fall on its face

    Where is the state of Maine headed? First, it was a mural hanging in the Department of Labor. That wasted some money. And what were we thinking by passing a law allowing everyone to go out and buy fireworks any time of the year? I cannot wait to see how that turns out. People in […]

  • Published
    April 1, 2012

    Gardiner library serves folks in several towns

    It is my privilege each year to attend the town meetings of our partner towns to discuss the services offered by the Gardiner Public Library. This library is a truly regional library that serves the municipalities of Gardiner, Pittston, West Gardiner, Randolph and Litchfield. Many people who use the library consider it to be an […]

  • Published
    March 31, 2012

    Are we heading toward fascism?

    The American Heritage Dictionary defines fascism as: “A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with a belligerent nationalism.” We do have a growing number of right-wing extremists, and our governments, federal, state and local, are forming partnerships with business leaders, […]

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  • Published
    March 31, 2012

    Consumers create demand, jobs and profit

    Despite what we have been told by our “business friendly,” anti-union politicians lately, businesses, large or small, do not create jobs. Businesses exist to make money. They sell a product or service to make a profit. Employee wages cut into that profit, therefore businesses pay the lowest wages and hire the fewest workers possible. Only […]

  • Published
    March 31, 2012

    Streamline business, government operations

    In difficult economic times, it makes sense to streamline the operations of our businesses and our government. Maine has a system that does just that, reducing spending, boosting productivity and creating customer satisfaction. The system is a process called Lean production. From 2004-06, the Maine Department of Labor initiated a Lean-based improvement program. In that […]

  • Published
    March 30, 2012

    Proposal could be rock that drowns a struggler

    In response to Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal for individual cites and towns to opt out of providing general assistance for those in need, let me be one of many who ask: Is he out of his mind? For a person who overcame such odds as LePage did (abusive childhood and being on his own since […]

  • Published
    March 30, 2012

    What’s all the fuss about same-sex marriage?

    What is all the fuss about same-sex marriage? I should think, in view of the fact that most people these days prefer casual, “sort of like family” relationships, clergy and those concerned would focus on encouraging marriage under any reasonable circumstances. I thought that wedlock was primarily a public affirmation in which two people express […]

  • Published
    March 30, 2012

    PBS one of few independent media left after takeovers

    Extremists groups have tried to gut funding for PBS for decades at the national level and now they have moved into the states via Republican governors and “heritage-based” thinking. (Whose heritage?) They refer to PBS as “elitist.” Who uses a word like that to describe PBS? The old cartel hoped for the failure of PBS […]