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Letters to the Editor
  • Published
    April 9, 2011

    Mural showed how hard Maine people have worked

    I couldn’t believe what I saw on the local TV news on March 23 about the latest thing our Gov. Paul LePage has done. He seems to have plenty of new sayings about Marden’s staying open in bad weather and for certain people to “kiss my bu–.” That was a really professional saying, to say […]

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    April 9, 2011

    Young people who can’t find work can join military

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    April 9, 2011

    Budget does not improve pension system solvency

    In Joseph Reisert’s column of March 25, he writes, “The governor and our Republican state treasurer are working actively to improve the long-term solvency of the state pension system.” I disagree. The Gov. Paul LePage’s budget proposal would increase the public employee’s contribution to the pension fund by an additional 2 percent of salary, but […]

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    April 9, 2011

    Artist promises never to ‘paint a large mural’

    As an artist, I am a little apprehensive to start any new works of art. I just don’t know. Do I tell the state of my ideas and concepts and wait for its approval, or produce the work of art and then take it to the state and hope it is deemed acceptable? I would […]

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    April 9, 2011

    LePage’s ‘type of governing is a cancer’

    To get personal for a moment, let me say that I’m a three-time cancer survivor: Skin-removed, prostate-removed, a foot of my colon removed. I recall a statement that went something like this: “If thine eye offendeth thee, pluck it out.” Our state has a very visible black eye, and it is called “the governor.” During […]

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    April 9, 2011

    LePage is ‘arrogant, divisive, small-minded’

    When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, they destroyed the centuries-old Buddha statues because they despised and wanted to eliminate any point of view other than their own. Gov. Paul LePage’s ordering the removal of the mural depicting the history of labor in Maine from the Department of Labor lobby comes from the same authoritarian mentality and […]

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    April 9, 2011

    All state’s walls should be available for advertising

    Your editorial opinion on March 25 knocking Gov. Paul LePage’s removing the mural from the walls of the Department of Labor is really off base. These murals are supported by a special interest group — unions. Why should the unions have control of messages on walls that were paid for by state taxpayers? If the […]

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    April 9, 2011

    LePage threatens veto of solar program that works

    Last year, the Solar and Wind Rebate Program was extended until 2015 with bipartisan support. Because of an oversight, a later bill accidentally rescinded this extension. The program is funded by a surcharge on electricity bills that amounts to less than $1 per household annually. L.D. 761 was introduced to continue this successful program. For […]

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    April 9, 2011

    What other freedoms will LePage take away from us?

    OK! That’s it! I’ve had it! Gov. Paul LePage has finally pushed me over the edge! I am usually a fairly temperate individual but one who strongly and passionately believes in the freedoms that our country is privileged to experience on a daily basis. I am also against censorship when it is forced on people […]

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    April 9, 2011

    Others removed artwork ‘that didn’t fit their beliefs’

    Just one anonymous fax and Gov. Paul LePage deems a piece of artwork not fitting for the Department of Labor. LePage then had the mural removed, covertly, over a weekend. What about majority rule? What about due process? You know, I recall other people and groups who removed certain artwork that didn’t fit their beliefs. […]