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Letters to the Editor
  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • Published
    March 29, 2012

    Two men separately exhibit goodness in people

    I have experienced two incidents that confirm to me that many people care. Last Thanksgiving, after returning from the Turkey Farm in Mercer with a load of turkeys, I stopped at the Sunset Grill in Belgrade Lakes. The daily special was roast turkey, which was appropriate for the season. I started eating and quickly was […]

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    March 29, 2012

    Republican pols make bad critics of art, culture

    Say, who is this guy who wants to eliminate all state funds to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network? Oh yeah, it’s the same cultural philistine who took down the mural from the Labor Department office. For some reason I’m reminded of former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, who had drapes put on the statue of […]

  • Published
    March 29, 2012

    Being related to governor a way to get a great job

    I just want to urge everyone to check their family tree or bloodline. Trust me, I am searching mine. I am in hopes that I am related to our Gov. Paul LePage. If I am, maybe I can get a job with the state. Between LePage’s daughter and brother-in-law, the state is paying more than […]

  • Published
    March 29, 2012

    LePage, friends bully McCormick out of office

    So Gov. Paul LePage and his band of merry men get what they want with the resignation of Dale McCormick. Although nothing was ever proven, I’m sure if they had dug hard enough they would have found something. Instead they used bullying tactics and baseless accusations to force a woman to resign so they can, […]