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Letters to the Editor
  • Published
    July 8, 2011

    Republican offended by ‘Eight myths’ editorial

    As a registered Republican, I was offended by the misleading generalizations that were presented in the “Eight myths” editorial (July 2). It basically described Republicans as unintelligent and duplicitous, stating that the party is dominated by “anti-intellectual social Darwinists.” It presented eight pieces of “evidence” that purportedly support this unfair claim. These “facts,” however, are […]

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    July 8, 2011

    Justice should not have voted on Wal-Mart case

    I was sad to learn that the Supreme Court threw out a large employment discrimination class-action suit against Wal-Mart that had sought billions of dollars on behalf of as many as 1.5 million female workers. The lawsuit claimed that Wal-Mart’s policies and practices led to countless discriminatory decisions over pay and promotions. The court vote […]

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    July 8, 2011

    Invasive plants at 33 locations; not North Pond

    A Lake Wesserunsett boat inspector is passing on misinformation. A group was putting in their boat recently and the inspector stopped them and asked if they were coming from North Pond in Smithfield. They replied that they were. She then told the boaters that they were not welcome on Lake Wesserunsett because North Pond is […]

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    July 8, 2011

    Cruel, evil to steal flowers from a new grave

    My husband died March 27, and our son and I went to put more flowers on his grave for Father’s Day. I went again June 28 to water them and discovered the tallest iron stake was empty. The hanging plant with beautiful small blue flowers was gone. Its disappearance made me cry immediately. How could […]

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    July 8, 2011

    Save money; hire local painters to paint bridge

    I hate increasing any type of government employment, but the $12M painting job on the bridge in Augusta may create an employment opportunity while saving the local government money. If the $12M was bonded out over 10 years, the interest payable (at 3.5 percent) would be roughly $2.26 million. Why not hire four local painters […]

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  • Published
    July 7, 2011

    Katz clearly explained budget ramifications

    Finally, someone clearly explains the ramifications of the newly passed budget. I’m sending a hearty thank you to Sen. Roger Katz for his June 26 Maine Compass about the budget that pleases almost everyone. The Goldilocks explanation was clear and precise. Katz represents his constituents like all other legislators should; the law works best when […]

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    July 7, 2011

    ‘Freedom to’ and ‘freedom from’ religious beliefs

    Religious freedom has two dimensions. The first is “freedom to…,” as in being free to worship in our own way the God of our own choosing. The other dimension is “freedom from…,” as in being free from having someone else’s religious beliefs imposed on us against our will. Religious conservatives love that first dimension, but […]

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    July 7, 2011

    What would Jesus say about how some Christians live?

    I read the letters and just shake my head in amazement; but now I must respond to Carolyn Farrington’s letter of June 29. OMG! (used simply as an exclamation — not a belief). Where does she get her information? Certainly not from history. This appears to be another case of someone using religion to distort […]

  • Published
    July 6, 2011

    Time to take another look at industrial wind power

    Thank you for your coverage of the Kibby Mountain protesters trial. I think it is important for people to know what happened to these courageous folks, and it is a shame that they received such a harsh penalty for their efforts. It was a case of civil disobedience, where no one was hurt, and a […]

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    July 6, 2011

    State’s repeal of same-sex marriage merits praise

    Recently, on MPBN’s Jim Lehrer hour, Daniel O’Donnell was exulting about the new same-sex marriage law in New York state. It brought to mind the 2009 repeal of gay marriage in Maine. I shall never forget facing head-on this tall gay guy who had moved to Maine specifically to get his marriage in California legally […]