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Letters to the Editor
  • Published
    July 11, 2011

    Fireworks attendees should have picked up own trash

    The Winslow 4th of July fireworks were outstanding. But I was very disappointed and embarrassed with the people who attended the fireworks. On my way to drop off my children at Camp Tracey the next day, I drove through Winslow, and the streets and sidewalks were littered with trash. It is completely disgusting and sad […]

  • Published
    July 11, 2011

    Frightening when government plays God

    All 30-plus states that passed sterilization laws should compensate their victims. The forced sterilization article (AP, June 20) states that North Carolina is the only state willing to do so. Francis Galton, cousin of Charles Darwin, coined the term “eugenics” and is known as the father of eugenics. He descended from a wealthy family that […]

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    July 11, 2011

    Streets neglected, but state parking lot paved

    Now if you want to be impressed about some of our decisionmakers here in Augusta, consider this. Our paved roads, such as Mount Vernon Avenue, are being neglected. But what are they paving? The state employees’ parking lot to the rear of the State House. They must feel it very important that our state employees […]

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    July 11, 2011

    We should think about voting before Election Day

    Kay Rand’s column (July 3) criticized the Legislature’s repeal of Election Day voter registration; labeling it “shameful.” Rand, formerly chief of staff to Gov. Angus King, arguably supported voter procrastination in the article. Rand contended Mainers should be allowed to delay voter registration, to the last minute, because sometimes auto registrations and inspection stickers expire […]

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    July 11, 2011

    All should share burden of government deficits

    As another local area pastor, I wish to express my support for the Rev. James Gill’s views, which he expressed in a letter to the editor on July 2. All Christians should be concerned, as other people of good will are, that the growing gap between the very wealthy and the “the rest of us, […]

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  • Published
    July 11, 2011

    Tourists should dispose of their trash properly

    As Gov. Paul LePage and his ilk not only look forward to our now-arriving tourists as do all the businesses that will enjoy their buying all the items for sale along with the restaurants, stores and gas stations and this is all good. A minority of tourists who come to visit our pristine state, however, […]

  • Published
    July 10, 2011

    No process for resolving air pollution problems

    No one likes to get the bureaucratic run-around when they call on their government at the state or local level about a problem. So when the American Lung Association in Maine began getting calls from frustrated families who could not get a straight answer to their complaint about a potential lung health hazard we took […]

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    July 10, 2011

    Neither major party seems to be serving nation

    What do the following have in common? At the end of the Clinton administration, a Republican Congress and the Democratic president had a tax structure that generated a national budget surplus. At the end of the George W. Bush administration, with two tax cuts (promising jobs and growth), a GOP Congress and a GOP president, […]

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    July 10, 2011

    Editorial on anti-bullying legislation ‘hypocritical’

    I’m responding to the diatribe published in the “Our Opinion” editorial on July 1 and all the chest-thumping, righteous indignation therein spewed at the Republican-controlled Legislature. If the Republicans at the State House are guilty of “spinelessness” for delaying anti-bullying legislation for further consideration, I simply have to ask where, oh, where is the anti-bullying […]

  • Published
    July 9, 2011

    Road repairs will help get economy going again

    Keep up the good work on road repairs, workers for the state Department of Transportation. It is no doubt a challenge with all that needs to be done. It can be inconvenient for drivers, but they eventually will appreciate it. Also thanks for all the information in the media to let everyone know what is […]