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Letters to the Editor
  • 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 […]

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    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 […]

  • 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. […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

  • Published
    December 10, 2011

    Illness called PETA seems to affect the brain

    I’ve been very concerned about my health since I read the letter (Dec. 5, Moore) about pigs and swine flu. I was most fortunate to have been born on a small farm in Wayne and pigs, along with sheep, hens, cows, etc. were all a large part of our diet. Now at 88 years old […]

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    December 10, 2011

    Time to plan what kind of jobs we really need

    As the next election approaches, I hear everyone, on both sides, talking about jobs. Lately, however, I find myself asking “Jobs doing what”? Shouldn’t we begin to have some plans about where the economy is moving? Shouldn’t we begin to decide which activities are beneficial to our Earth and help us create a safe world […]

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    December 10, 2011

    Doubling fuel efficiency standard is feasible

    Last month, President Barack Obama announced a proposal that would double the U.S. fuel efficiency standard. Considering that my family’s hybrid gets about 50 mpg, the administration’s proposed target of 54.5 mpg by 2025 (signed onto by 13 major auto makers) seems entirely feasible. This is a taste of the kind of leadership on energy […]