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Letters to the Editor
  • Published
    July 23, 2011

    Special rights vs. equal rights

    Soon the airways and media will be busy with people discussing the decision of some families who want equal rights and other families with their special rights. I am hoping that this round in the battle will be more honest, more truthful and handled as adults without name-calling. Special rights are rights that allow part […]

  • Published
    July 23, 2011

    What if Casey and Caylee had been black?

    If Casey Anthony and her little girl Caylee had been black, would that case have ever reached the proportions that it did? And if Casey Anthony was black, would she have walked free? Phyllis H. Berry, North Anson

  • Published
    July 23, 2011

    America, Maine need bikeways, walkways

    One of the items that is coming close to the congressional budget knife is funding for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Some Republican leaders have described such funding as “not in the federal interest” and “frivolous.” Consider these facts, however. Biking and walking make up 12 percent of all trips in the United States, even though […]

  • Published
    July 22, 2011

    What’s ‘tough’ or ‘fair’ about Chevron settlement?

    Gov. Paul LePage visited Hampden recently to discuss Maine’s settlement with Chevron over a gas spill for $900,000. He called the settlement “tough but fair” and bragged, “If they violate our laws we’re going to come after them.” Such hypocrisy. This is the governor who tried to shorten the statute of limitations to a length […]

  • Published
    July 22, 2011

    Smell from in-town farm makes life tough for others

    As I sit by my open windows enjoying the cool evening breezes, the peacefulness of now-quiet roads and a cup of fresh coffee, I appreciate the simple and uncomplicated life of a small town. Oakland and its surrounding areas have so much to offer for both residents and visitors. We moved back to this area […]

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  • Published
    July 22, 2011

    Remembering summer Sundays at Unity Pond

    On these hot summer days, the old road to Unity Pond always comes to my mind. Back in the 1940s, all of us King kids, and even Mum and Dad, waited in anticipation for the right-hand turn we had to take off the main road. Down a hill, over railroad tracks, more dirt road then […]

  • Published
    July 22, 2011

    Money shouldn’t be force behind educators doing job

    Here we go again: Paying people to increase their job performance when they should be doing their job anyway.

  • Published
    July 22, 2011

    Seniors shouldn’t be penalized for budget woes

    I’m a senior citizen, and I receive a very small Social Security check. It barely covers my Medicare and medical insurance supplement. My SS check is automatically deposited to my checking account, and my Medicare and medical insurance supplement costs are automatically withdrawn from my checking account. If Congress doesn’t raise the debt limit or […]

  • Published
    July 22, 2011

    Teacher success shouldn’t be tied to test scores

    I read with interest the article on July 15 about Augusta Superintendent Cornelia Brown, who had “performance-based financial incentives added to her contract.” Thus, she “will get bonus pay if Augusta students improve their performance on standardized tests used statewide….” This is a bad idea, and equally bad for teachers and students. As a former […]

  • Published
    July 21, 2011

    As Violette shrinks from view, troubles mount

    Recently, I've witnessed the games played by the health care system. They aren't pretty.