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Letters to the Editor
  • Published
    April 15, 2011

    Cable subscribers need digital box to see EWTN

    Augusta, Gardiner and Winthrop area Knights of Columbus, through their petition efforts, encouraged Time Warner Cable TV to add Catholic Global TV station EWTN to the basic subscribers package in the Augusta area. Basic subscribers will need a digital box to view EWTN. Time Warner will provide this box free for two years. To obtain […]

  • Published
    April 15, 2011

    State has gone from infancy to senility

    Before the election, I wrote a letter stating that if Paul LePage was elected governor, our state would go from infancy to senility, without achieving maturity. Well, he’s done a lot of infantile raving, now he’s reached senility wanting to remove art that represents the majority of Mainers. I guess he doesn’t know that a […]

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    April 15, 2011

    Most governors elected with much less than 50%

    I offer this to all the LePage-haters who are trying to make a big stand on the fact that Paul LePage was elected on a plurality vote: There has been only one time in the past 25 years when a Maine governor was elected with more than 50 percent of the votes. One time — […]

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    April 15, 2011

    Glad to see micro-brewery day was revived in Maine

    On June 13, 1995, we at the Quik-stops of Maine held a micro-brewery day at the Muddy Rudder in Wiscasset to raise money for a young man with cancer. We featured new micros at that time and had nine micros that were just getting started. They grew to become national companies that are very successful […]

  • Published
    April 15, 2011

    ‘Income redistribution’ going from bottom to top

    In all the media coverage of the budget talks these many weeks, why is so little being made of the corollary to spending cuts, namely, increased revenues? To speak of the very wealthy bearing more of the burden usually brings a cry of “income redistribution.” Has it escaped everyone’s attention that we are already seeing […]

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  • Published
    April 14, 2011

    ‘Time value of money’ crucial in pension payout

    The letter from Neal Patterson (April 6) describes the state retirement system as “too generous” and “not sustainable.” Patterson presented the pensions of two “random acquaintances,” examining what they had paid into the system, and what they had been paid out of it. His figures were, indeed, unsettling. Then I noticed the flaw in Patterson’s […]

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    April 14, 2011

    DNA bill would exacerbate state’s backlog problem

    Rep. Maeghan Maloney (Maine Compass, April 9) describes proposed legislation that would require all persons charged with a serious crime to submit a DNA sample for analysis. While there is no disputing the power of DNA evidence, this bill is misguided and unnecessary. Maine law already requires all convicted felons to submit a DNA sample, […]

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    April 14, 2011

    Everything is done with some kind of labor

    The now removed mural (in Augusta) showing labor’s history was removed by labor, scurried away by labor and hidden by labor. How can one person have so much power that he can dictate what can be shown in state buildings, buildings that were and are paid for by taxpayers. The sign in Kittery states that […]

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    April 14, 2011

    State backing out of its pension obligation

    Whatever happened to the notion of shared sacrifice? It seems that the governor’s notion of shared sacrifice is forcing $524 million in cuts to the health and retirement benefits of Maine’s public workers, teachers and retirees, all the while reducing the top income tax rate for Maine’s wealthiest residents. As a customer service representative at […]

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    April 14, 2011

    War’s ‘profits are reckoned in dollars and losses in lives’

    It seems altruistic for America to go to the aid of the so-called rebels in Libya and wreak havoc on everybody including the despot and his army. Remember, though, that just a few years ago America gave Libya a favorable status and even took it off the list of terrorist states. Think about it. As […]