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Letters to the Editor
  • Published
    August 1, 2011

    It’s time to give wind energy a chance

    We need to develop renewable sources of energy in order to cut carbon emissions. Wind should be a centerpiece of this development. President Bush in 2006 said, “It’s possible we could generate 20 percent of our electricity needs with wind.” What are we waiting for? All sorts of excuses are presented — costs, noise, place, […]

  • Published
    August 1, 2011

    People need to speak up about shameful politics

    It really is time for the American people to wake up and speak up! Our forefathers must be rolling over in their graves. The things going on in Washington are absolutely appalling. It’s an embarrassment to all the great men and women who built this country, let alone to our servicemen and servicewomen who are […]

  • Published
    August 1, 2011

    Fellow Republicans must stop hatred and disrespect

    As a moderate Republican, I am tired of seeing the hatred and disrespect from my own party. Just as Paul LePage has been trying to woo the more moderate voices by implementing plans to satisfy, he is continually attacked. Not just by Democrats, but by strict fiscal conservatives who equate our problems with 40 years […]

  • Published
    July 31, 2011

    Criticism of president shows short memories

    I have been upset by the unkind letters concerning our president. We Americans have such short memories. George Bush came to office inheriting a large surplus, which he squandered by an unprovoked attack on Iraq, claiming that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, despite evidence that he had not. Hussein was a tyrant, but […]

  • Published
    July 31, 2011

    Latest political crisis is orchestration of fear

    The rhetoric leading up to the current national debt “crisis” has been a careful orchestration of fear. Chaos is a huge money-maker. For years, we have been told to fear “terrorism,” certain religions, the list goes on and on. Now it is our neighbors. Every time, it is a threat to our survival, our “way […]

  • Published
    July 31, 2011

    We all must do more to combat diabetes

    The morning news that Maine is No. 1 in New England, with 26.5 percent of our population having diabetes, is just plain horrible, considering that my wonderful wife of seven years lost her battle with diabetes Nov. 23. In Jane’s case, she was the third member of her family to lose her life at or […]

  • Published
    July 31, 2011

    Farmington condo plan not right for district

    I served on my own town’s Planning Board and I am studying a proposal for a condominium development in the Village Business Historic District of Farmington. Farmington is a community with historic architecture, enormous charm and a long-standing commitment to preserve the character of this neighborhood. This commitment is backed by town ordinances designed to […]

  • Published
    July 30, 2011

    Domestic violence victims need our support

    In light of the recent domestic violence tragedies that have occurred in central Maine, it is important that the family and friends of the victims know that they can express their grief in a supportive and safe environment. Those closest to the victim may suffer from feelings of guilt, anxiety, nightmares and poor concentration. Family […]

  • Published
    July 30, 2011

    Lowest earners forgotten in ‘seasons such as these’

    Maine’s current minimum wage rate is $7.50 per hour. The rate has not been raised since 2009, so minimum wage earners have had a de facto wage freeze. Between 2008 and 2011, the very top of the pay scale has continued to receive large bonuses and benefited from the “tax relief package,” of the past […]

  • Published
    July 30, 2011

    We should be happy there are farms to smell

    As my husband and I sat, had our coffee and read the paper this morning, I read the letters to the editor. One letter piqued my interest, from a reader in Oakland. She states that she moved back to this part of the state after living away for many years. Like the reader, my husband […]

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