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Letters to the Editor
  • Published
    April 5, 2011

    More important news than stories about mural

    There are definitely more important things to report on, or at least put on the front page, than to run several days about a mural.

  • Published
    April 5, 2011

    Comment about accident victim could have been cut

    I read in the Kennebec Journal about the young man who died in a rollover in Winthrop. Isn’t it bad enough for the family to grieve for their loved one, let alone you having to put at the end of report that he happened to be one of the three Gardiner Area High School seniors […]

  • Published
    April 4, 2011

    Sharp implements needed to get into our purchases

    Surely, I can’t be the only person who is completely dissatisfied with the packaging of the products I purchase? Who are these marketing gurus who design the package for our medicines, batteries, toys, food, hardware, electronic gear and nearly everything displayed in stores? The packages are always bright and informative. They also are completely sealed, […]

  • Published
    April 4, 2011

    Bury our history or celebrate our possibilities?

    Gov. Paul LePage somehow believes that his anti-organized labor and benefit-slashing tactics amount to pro-business enticements. Whatever gave him that idea? Maine has received humiliating national and even international press, such as in The New York Times editorial of March 27, “He Dreamed He Saw Kim Jong-il.” It said, “[A]s Republican governors vie to become […]

  • Published
    April 4, 2011

    Legislature should stand firm, not let LePage bully it

    As a Maine resident and voter, I urge the state Legislature to do all it can to block recent arrogant threats made by Gov. Paul LePage. According to news reports, “LePage is threatening to veto the two-year state budget unless it stays very close to the measure he proposed, saying he will not budge from […]

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  • Published
    April 4, 2011

    Taxpayer money squandered on mural stunt

    Gov. Paul LePage needs to take his leadership cues from Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, and Turnpike Authority Interim Director Peter Mills. Both have focused the powers of their offices to clean up financial improprieties in the Turnpike Authority without antagonizing taxpayers or wasting our money to orchestrate stunts like the governor’s removal of art and […]

  • Published
    April 4, 2011

    Automated phone systems too time-consuming

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but my big turnoff is trying to call a company about a problem and getting that recorded message we all hate to hear: “Your call is important to us.” Then you get the runaround of press 1, press 2 and so on and so on, all this […]

  • Published
    April 4, 2011

    LePage ‘transparency’ means muzzling the media

    Democracy has always been the most difficult of all forms of government since it requires the widest spread of intelligence, and we forgot to make ourselves intelligent when we made ourselves sovereign. It may be true that you can’t “fool all the people all the time” but you can fool enough of them to govern […]

  • Published
    April 3, 2011

    LePage’s raid of benefits package will hurt Maine

    Tony Payne’s column on March 21 discusses public and private sector retirement. One of his points is that raising the retirement age is reasonable, given that people live longer now. Let’s think some about some issues this could raise. The work force will retain more older people who ordinarily would have been replaced by younger […]

  • Published
    April 3, 2011

    Some business owners don’t care about workers

    On March 25, 1911 (100 years ago), a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City resulted in the deaths of 146 workers. Most were young girls, aged 16-23, who worked 47 hours per week. The building had four possible escapes from the flames. The fire escape was possibly broken before the fire […]