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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • Published
    December 9, 2011

    Deer hunter article moving, inspiring

    I am writing in regards to a story that appeared in the Nov. 25 newspaper, “A Hunt Like No Other ….” Jeff Molloy of Palermo was the victim of a tragic accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down, and yet he refused to give up doing what he loved to do, hunt deer. […]

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    December 9, 2011

    Jobless Mainers should have a voice in solution

    I want to thank Rep. Andrew O’Brien, D-Lincolnville, and others who are keeping the face of unemployed Mainers in the forefront of our minds. Employers are looking for workers, and Maine people are looking for work. Easy enough said, so what’s the disconnect? Perhaps people are not prepared for jobs in this economy, perhaps it’s […]

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    December 9, 2011

    Mary Hoskins’ case tarnished judicial system

    Prosecutors have no one to blame but themselves when they asked for and received a prison sentence for a woman with terminal cancer who committed a non-violent crime. People usually commit arson to collect insurance money. Mary Hoskins’ was arrested, and no money was awarded for the loss of her home. Furthermore, no firefighters were […]

  • Published
    December 8, 2011

    Neither major party has ‘best candidate’ any more

    The Republicans’ mascot is the elephant, an animal that mainly eats, drinks, swims and rolls in the dust. They are favorites at zoos. The donkey or mule, the mascot of the Democrats, is a stubborn animal but if you get its attention it will do a good day’s work for you. This seems to be […]

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    December 8, 2011

    Didn’t Benton official swear to uphold Maine laws?

    I was shocked at the article concerning the nine people arrested at the Blaine House. A Benton selectwoman says that she knowingly and willfully broke the law and then says that the two other members of Benton’s selectboard are in full support of her willfully breaking the law. Also, one of Benton’s office employees states […]