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Letters to the Editor
  • Published
    December 13, 2011

    More important topics than grubby shoppers

    Gee, after reading Liz Soares’ noxious diatribe about the woman who wore her grubbies to the store, I think I’ll have to buy a tux for the next time I go to the grocery store. Soares might be standing behind me in line, waiting to out me. And no, I don’t look in the mirror […]

  • Published
    December 12, 2011

    Support Occupy movement; it is genuine democracy

    Those of us who claim to value democracy and the democratic process should speak out in support of the Occupy movement. We are privileged, in these difficult times, to be witness to citizens who are acting in the spirit of American democracy at its best, and giving birth to a social movement that is truly […]

  • Published
    December 12, 2011

    We 99 percenters have power against the 1 percent

    Let’s boycott the 1 percent. I’m sure that’s a simplistic answer, but still it contains a lot of power. What if we, the 99 percent, all tried to get our basics — food, clothing and shelter — as locally as possible? Skip the big stores. Ignore the ads. Why do we think we need what […]

  • Published
    December 12, 2011

    Why are working poor being punished again?

    The working poor get stiffed again. “LePage: State can’t afford MaineCare for childless adults.” The adults that the governor and society allow to work for an inadequate income often have no disability or health insurance through their employers. They inevitably get hurt, disabled or just grow old, and have nowhere to turn but to the […]

  • Published
    December 12, 2011

    Tourists expect working high-speed Internet access

    Each year, thousands of tourists come to Maine, in part to get away from it all. We also have learned that many of these visitors don’t want to be entirely cut off from their online lives. They still want access to the Internet, email and the many applications that run on smartphones and tablets. In […]

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  • Published
    December 11, 2011

    Gross inequity of salary increases over 20 years

    William J. McDonough, a former chief executive officer of one of Chicago’s largest banks, recently gave some astounding figures about executive compensation. In 1980, he says, the average large company’s CEO made 40 times more than the average worker in his or her firm. By 2000, the multiple had risen to at least 400 times. […]

  • Published
    December 11, 2011

    Sorry, M.D. Harmon, climate change is real

    Last week, the Natural Science Department at the University of Maine at Farmington and the Western Maine chapter of the Audubon Society co-sponsored a talk about climate change.

  • Published
    December 11, 2011

    Medical coverage costs misstated in letter

    A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter to the editor regarding rising medical coverage costs in Skowhegan, SAD 54 and Somerset County. I am sorry to say that some of the information I reported was in error. While I correctly stated the Skowhegan municipal workers are granted 100 percent medical coverage for themselves and […]

  • Published
    December 11, 2011

    Why is insider trading OK for members of Congress?

    I recently learned that the members of U.S. Congress have exempted themselves from insider trading laws (a jailable offense for non-Congress citizens). Congress holds hearings, learns about pending stock changes and then buys stock, thereby enriching themselves while walking all over the average non-Congress citizen. That means 535 persons (both sexes) who make the rules […]

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    December 11, 2011

    Courts, police protect and serve the 1 percent

    It’s no surprise the courts have ruled that Occupy Augusta may not conduct a First Amendment free speech assembly in Capitol Park in Augusta. Nor is it surprising that Capitol Police in Augusta have banned the Blaine House Nine from Capitol Park, a move of doubtful constitutionality. As is true in most societies around the […]