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Letters to the Editor
  • Published
    December 5, 2011

    Our senators urged to support new mercury rule

    Families in Maine have more than one reason to celebrate this holiday season. The Environmental Protection Agency is slated to finalize this month a rule limiting mercury pollution from power plants, the largest industrial source, for the first time in history. Mercury from power plants gets into the fish we eat and poses serious health […]

  • Published
    December 4, 2011

    Domestic manufacturing not easy, but is rewarding

    As an owner of a domestic manufacturing company, I would like to applaud George Smith (Nov. 9 column) for searching for locally made products, and assure him that textile manufacturing in Maine is re-inventing itself and is definitely worth a closer look. At Sea Bags, we take Made in Maine seriously and have made it […]

  • Published
    December 4, 2011

    Don’t ask lung cancer patients if they smoked

    I have a request for Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which was November: Please don’t ask us if we smoked. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer, and it is the second leading cause of death for women, heart disease being No. 1. More than 65 percent of all people newly diagnosed with […]

  • Published
    December 4, 2011

    What are residential benefits of gas line?

    I have been following, with great interest, articles about Kennebec Valley Gas Co.’s proposed natural gas pipeline from Richmond to Madison. In my opinion, such a pipeline has the potential for great benefits to the residents of the communities through which the line would be built. The price of fuel oil for heating has continually […]

  • Published
    December 3, 2011

    Both political ‘teams’ playing by their own rules

    I wish this forum, and media in general, spent more time and energy focused on thoughtful dialog concentrating on solutions to problems, and less time focused on blind party loyalty and sophomoric fighting between the two teams. They are just teams, right? Democrats vs. Republicans? Well, they play games, and they have cartoon animal mascots, […]

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  • Published
    December 3, 2011

    Compromise is needed for problems to be solved

    It seems like just yesterday when citizens were fearing a $6 trillion debt, so it is no surprise to me that with the now $15 trillion debt, Congress faces the lowest-ever approval rating at only 8 percent.

  • Published
    December 3, 2011

    As a society, we are out of control

    This year’s Black Friday is a confirmation of how other countries view the United States of America. Our capitalistic “me first” attitudes have made us the laughing stock of the entire world. We have become a society of spoiled citizens who idolize merchandise over family values, money over morality, and indulgence over dignity. We take […]

  • Published
    December 3, 2011

    Compromise is needed for problems to be solved

    It seems like just yesterday when citizens were fearing a $6 trillion debt, so it is no surprise to me that with the now $15 trillion debt, Congress faces the lowest-ever approval rating at only 8 percent. Ordinary citizens are alarmed when they hear that the federal government is borrowing nearly 35 cents for every […]

  • Published
    December 2, 2011

    Come January, it’ll be time to worry

    Super Committee. What a joke. Then again, this Congress is the most dysfunctional group of people ever gathered in one place. What happens now? We’ve been told nothing takes effect until after the next election, so don’t worry. Worry. Here’s what happens Jan. 1: Two million people lose unemployment. While I don’t fully disagree with […]

  • Published
    December 2, 2011

    Cape Elizabeth’s Dill knows what best?

    It is time once again for the residents north of Augusta to thank our sharp neighbors to the south. Esteemed state Sen. Cynthia Dill, D-Cape Elizabeth, has pointed out what a “no brainer” it is to have a national park on the free land that Roxanne Quimby would like us to have. This would imply […]