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  • Published
    April 4, 2011

    Sharp implements needed to get into our purchases

    Surely, I can’t be the only person who is completely dissatisfied with the packaging of the products I purchase? Who are these marketing gurus who design the package for our medicines, batteries, toys, food, hardware, electronic gear and nearly everything displayed in stores? The packages are always bright and informative. They also are completely sealed, […]

  • Published
    April 4, 2011

    Bury our history or celebrate our possibilities?

    Gov. Paul LePage somehow believes that his anti-organized labor and benefit-slashing tactics amount to pro-business enticements. Whatever gave him that idea? Maine has received humiliating national and even international press, such as in The New York Times editorial of March 27, “He Dreamed He Saw Kim Jong-il.” It said, “[A]s Republican governors vie to become […]

  • Published
    April 4, 2011

    Legislature should stand firm, not let LePage bully it

    As a Maine resident and voter, I urge the state Legislature to do all it can to block recent arrogant threats made by Gov. Paul LePage. According to news reports, “LePage is threatening to veto the two-year state budget unless it stays very close to the measure he proposed, saying he will not budge from […]

  • Published
    April 4, 2011

    Taxpayer money squandered on mural stunt

    Gov. Paul LePage needs to take his leadership cues from Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, and Turnpike Authority Interim Director Peter Mills. Both have focused the powers of their offices to clean up financial improprieties in the Turnpike Authority without antagonizing taxpayers or wasting our money to orchestrate stunts like the governor’s removal of art and […]

  • Published
    April 4, 2011

    Automated phone systems too time-consuming

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but my big turnoff is trying to call a company about a problem and getting that recorded message we all hate to hear: “Your call is important to us.” Then you get the runaround of press 1, press 2 and so on and so on, all this […]

  • Published
    April 3, 2011

    LePage’s polarization is counterproductive

    Why Gov. Paul LePage fails to realize that polarization is counterproductive baffles me.

  • Published
    April 3, 2011

    LePage’s polarization is counterproductive

    Why Gov. Paul LePage fails to realize that polarization is counterproductive baffles me. The mural brouhaha show a serious lack of understanding on his part. Rather than being depicted as some fearful little man running around the neighborhood with a spray can defacing anything he feels isn’t promoting his political agenda, wouldn’t it have been […]

  • Published
    April 3, 2011

    LePage is making long-dead Mainers turn over in graves

    Paul LePage certainly is a magician: He has been able to make our parents and grandparents and their parents turn over in their graves. We come from a long line of small business owners and farmers, as well as nurses, teachers, postal workers, and cotton, shoe and paper mill workers. We have always been proud […]

  • Published
    April 3, 2011

    LePage, Rotary advisers reminded of Four Way Test

    Rotary founder Paul Harris realized the importance of a prosperous business community. Over the course of a lifetime, he invited community business leaders to join in fellowship and service to their communities believing that “he profits most who serves best.” One of the hallmarks of Rotary is the Four Way Test. The Test consists of […]

  • Published
    April 3, 2011

    Precautionary approach to chemicals best for kids

    As a professor of environmental policy, I write in response to Jon Reisman’s March 26 column criticizing the policy basis of the Kid-Safe Products Act. Reisman takes issue with a precautionary approach to assessing a chemical’s impact on children. He would like to see the burden of proof fall on the public rather than the […]

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