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Letters to the Editor
  • Published
    July 2, 2011

    Judicial system failed by not forcing Lake’s trial

    Jim Loomis (letter, June 25) asked how Steven Lake got to pull the trigger. It comes down to irresponsibility and selfishness on his part. He can’t put the blame on others. He did it. Lake was mentally ill and did not get the help he needed. Even though he sought counseling, if he wasn’t totally […]

  • Published
    April 19, 2011

    Japanese officials chose to ‘save face’ instead of lives

    The leaders of the government in Japan and the executives of Tokyo Power should be prosecuted for depraved indifference, since they put their own needs to “save face” ahead of the safety of the citizens of Japan. To maintain an appearance of being in control of the situation, they withheld critical information, told half-truths, dissembled, […]

  • Published
    April 19, 2011

    Coyotes take advantage as people encroach on them

    As a lover of the outdoors and Maine landscapes, George Smith, a highly vocal and influential spokesman, presents readers with an extremely limited viewpoint of coyotes (April 13). In comparison to deaths by car accidents, homicidal gun wielders and drug overdoses, to list just a few of life’s dangers, deaths by coyote do not qualify […]

  • Published
    April 19, 2011

    What hard work makes LePage need vacation?

    Let me see if I have this right: Gov. Paul LePage has a problem with state workers, teachers and labor in general. This same hard-working man has been in office just three months and is so tired from his work that he had to escape to Jamaica for vacation? Was it his “hard work” insulting […]

  • Published
    April 19, 2011

    Acts by Republicans turn ‘people against the party’

    The Republicans complain about the debt that the president has run up. But the U.S. debt was increased by hundreds of billions of dollars by the Bush-Cheney invasion of Iraq, which was a total waste as there was no need to invade. The small Arab countries nearby were afraid of being invaded by Iraq so […]

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  • Published
    April 19, 2011

    ‘Maine has needed someone like LePage’

    It’s time Gov. Paul LePage was applauded. He understands Maine’s problems and has the backbone to do something positive. He’s not the smooth-talking, double-dealing, self-serving politician Maine’s grown accustomed to. He wasn’t bought and paid for by special interest groups. He doesn’t worry about personal popularity or the opinions of the vocal few. His concern […]

  • Published
    April 18, 2011

    Teacher must live to 95 to accrue $1M in pension

    In his letter of April 6, Neal Patterson might have pointed out that under the Maine Public Employee Retirement System, the average benefit for all retired teachers is $19,300. Only 13 percent of teachers make it through 25 years or more to receive an average pension of $26,000. Since teachers are not covered by Social […]

  • Published
    April 18, 2011

    Support of dangerous products over safety

    I was happy to read in the newspaper of Friday, April 8 that the Maine House of Representatives had voted to ban bisphenol-A from children’s products sold in Maine. The dangers of this product have been well-established and widely published, our governor’s cavalier comments notwithstanding. Then I read a statement from one of the three […]

  • Published
    April 18, 2011

    Bottle bill provides jobs, and, for some, survival

    On the bottle bill, April 10’s Maine Compass states: “Absurdly, other people pick through those recycling bins on trash days looking for beverage containers.” The word “absurdly” disrespectfully denies some people’s reality of desperately eking out their meager survival. They also pick up recyclables that are tossed out by us who are not likely to […]

  • Published
    April 18, 2011

    Where can restitution money come from?

    Time after time, stories about criminal sentencing tell us that the people who are convicted must pay restitution as part of their sentence. In many cases, we’re talking about people who either weren’t making an honest living to begin with, or were making so little they couldn’t make ends meet. Where are they expected to […]