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Letters to the Editor
  • Published
    August 10, 2011

    What is best for Winthrop, students and taxpayers?

    Just a few years ago, in response to an appeal by the members of the Winthrop School Board, residents voted to raise their taxes to pay for an expansion of the Winthrop Middle School.

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    August 10, 2011

    St. Albans’ playground building project successful

    I want to express my appreciation to the people of Poland Spring for donating bottled water to the town of St. Albans for the community playground build weekend. The weekend of July 29-31 was very successful, and the new playground is a wonderful addition to the town. The playground was built entirely with volunteer help. […]

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    August 10, 2011

    Are money problems fault of president or Congress?

    President George Bush is the reason for all these money problems, when members of Congress are the ones who control the purse strings in this country. The president just proposes a budget, Congress adds or subtracts to it and approves or disapproves it. Now Barack Obama is president, and it is the Republicans in Congress […]

  • Published
    August 10, 2011

    Contract stalemate not working as a team

    As an employee of the State of Maine, I am part of a team. Our team, which determines if a citizen of Maine qualifies for Social Security disability benefits, consists of four components: clerical support, examiners and adjudicators, supervisors and contractual professionals (medical doctors and psychologists). As a team, we request, summarize and analyze medical […]

  • Published
    August 9, 2011

    Stone wall in Solon shouldn’t be removed

    In later years I have tried to stay away from “worthy causes” that involve the “principle of the thing,” because they always get me in trouble. But after attending the Solon budget committee meeting for the special town meeting on Thursday, I must speak out. Article 2 is about the removal of a stone wall […]

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  • Published
    August 9, 2011

    Tea party lets ordinary citizens get involved

    I have never before seen the leaders of this country call other citizens names such as racist, stupid and terrorist.

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    August 9, 2011

    Any act of intimidation for political reasons is terrorism

    There recently were two nearly identical incidents involving buildings being blown up and mass killings. In one case, some media described it as “terrorism.” In the other, it was called the actions of a crazy person, a lone wolf. Why the difference? In the first case, the attacker was assumed to be Islamic. In the […]

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    August 9, 2011

    Preventing voter fraud makes good sense

    The newspaper’s opinion in the July 19 paper (“This time, it’s good we can veto a bad new law”) seemed to lack common sense. From the time our children begin walking, we teach them as parents and teachers to be cautious or teach them the skills of prevention to protect themselves from harm. “An ounce […]

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    August 9, 2011

    What did session do for wage-earning taxpayers?

    As we move to the new insurance copay as agreed to by the state and its representatives I was not surprised that the working class in Maine again gets it put to them so the insurance companies can reap the benefits. Apparently this is how the promise of affordable insurance is being kept. This “affordable […]

  • Published
    August 8, 2011

    Praise to judge for keeping Dechaine case open

    Deputy Attorney General Bill Stokes has again resorted to his tiresome mantra about the “mountain of evidence” against Dennis Dechaine, but repetition does not make it so. The only significant evidence that remains in the state’s case is that someone removed incriminating objects from Dechaine’s truck. Not only has the supposedly damning testimony of two […]