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Letters to the Editor
  • 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.

  • Published
    July 21, 2011

    Maine making progress in reducing youths’ smoking

    The federal Food and Drug Administration visited Maine recently to award a $2.1 million, three-year tobacco compliance and enforcement contract to the state. It was the second enforcement grant awarded to Maine by the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, which was developed in 2009 to provide oversight and regulation to tobacco products manufactured and sold […]

  • Published
    July 21, 2011

    Health care games costly; we need honest system

    Recently, I’ve witnessed the games played by the health care system. They aren’t pretty. I filled a prescription for medicine with a co-pay of $485 for 90 pills, but, oops, they billed the wrong insurance. In the end, my co-pay was only $20. So did the insurance company really pay the other $465-plus for those […]

  • Published
    July 21, 2011

    Healthy environment crucial to all living things

    The House spending bill poses a potential threat to wildlife. I think it is important to protect our wildlife and keep our waters and air free of pollution. We must not sacrifice our wildlife refuges and other sanctuaries, because a healthy environment plays a crucial role in maintaining the natural order of all living things. […]

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  • Published
    July 20, 2011

    SAD 13 superintendent has worked diligently

    Virginia Rebar, who took over as superintendent of SAD 13 a year ago, has repeatedly exhibited the qualities of integrity, honesty, truthfulness and transparency. More than once, she has brought to the forefront matters, which, in my opinion, should have been exposed long before. Rebar has worked diligently to maintain a respectable level of educational […]

  • Published
    July 20, 2011

    Cut off foreign aid before giving seniors heart attacks

    Instead of trying to scare all Social Security recipients into having heart attacks, maybe they should try a different tack. How hard can it be to solve this problem? First of all, cut off all foreign aid and then focus on all aid to illegal immigrants for the next few years. (Don’t worry about losing […]

  • Published
    July 20, 2011

    Sounds like Smith wants to sell out our way of life

    I just finished reading George Smith’s take on the Millinocket area’s economy. He feels it would be a good idea for Roxanne Quimby to buy more land and control more of our state. Apparently he doesn’t feel we Mainers know how to be good stewards of our own land and waters. Smith feels charging $5,000 […]

  • Published
    July 20, 2011

    July 4th means more than fireworks, parades

    I want to express my appreciation to the people who put together the fireworks in Winslow. What a good job! Thing is, fireworks are not all what the July 4th is all about. It’s about freedom and all who have paid the price for our independence and the freedom we can enjoy every day. Parades, […]

  • Published
    July 20, 2011

    Disappointed in Flood’s lack of environmental support

    As a voter who supported Rep. Pat Flood in the past election, I want to both thank him and hold him accountable for his poor environmental voting record. I supported him because he convinced me he would support Maine’s environmental safeguards. As House Appropriations Committee Chairman, Flood deserves credit for his work on the budget. […]