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Letters to the Editor
  • Published
    January 9, 2012

    Governor’s proposals don’t follow societal values

    I oppose the proposal by Gov. Paul LePage to cut funding for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services by more than $200 million. Most people around the world, regardless of their religion, agree on five universal societal values: honesty, responsibility, fairness, respect and compassion. I don’t believe that this proposal is consistent with […]

  • Published
    January 9, 2012

    Errie Hasty has made great contributions to Maine

    I was surprised to see Errie Hasty with her walker on the front page of the Jan. 3 newspaper. Errie, 89 years old, is one of those remarkable Maine natives residing at the Heritage Rehabilitation and Living Center in Winthrop. Errie was a very dedicated human services career employee. While raising her four children and […]

  • Published
    January 9, 2012

    Paper shouldn’t honor kids having year’s first baby

    The newspaper should be ashamed of itself for the publication of a New Year’s birth that took place in Waterville to parents who are only 15 and 16 years of age. This publicity does not set a good tone and certainly takes away from the efforts of parents who properly teach their children what they […]

  • Published
    January 8, 2012

    Marijuana in raw form not needed for medicine

    My initial response to the Dec. 28 editorial, “Pot dispensary a pharmacy, not a social lounge,” was to slap my forehead and gasp, “I could have had a (popular vegetable-based beverage).” Actually, that’s the polite version. The lounge atmosphere of the California marijuana scam was clearly known long before Maine advocates decided to emulate it. […]

  • Published
    January 8, 2012

    Pipeline tax break will add to developers’ profit

    If I get this right, the developers who want to put in a natural gas pipeline from Richmond to Madison want a tax break from all the towns along the way. Then they’ll sell the pipeline to the gas company and walk away with a profit. How much profit? 10 percent? 20 percent? Then, of […]

  • Published
    January 8, 2012

    Constitution’s best chance rests with Ron Paul

    Does anybody know why the Republican party is so anti-Ron Paul? Especially since many people think he is the best one to help our country get back on its feet and protect our Constitution. He is unlike the war supporters and big government spenders and if our kids are dying with bad equipment is that […]

  • Published
    January 8, 2012

    Government leaders must reduce benefits, payroll

    After listening to many news reports, I am miffed that we cannot make this country a place to live that is good for all. I called information on my phone and received a phone number for a local business. I asked the woman where she was geographically located; she said the Philippines. No wonder we […]

  • Published
    January 7, 2012

    Wages were deferred; they’re not ‘entitlements’

    The nation’s labor force, more than 100 million workers, has endured a decline in wages and income since the mid-1970s. On top of that, they may be robbed of their past wages as well. American workers agreed to forgo a portion of their wages by paying into Social Security and Medicare, with the assurance they […]

  • Published
    January 7, 2012

    Our for-profit health care system is broken

    Last year, people woke up to the fact that corporate greed and injustice are hurting Americans. We have a broken for-profit health care system. More than 50 million Americans are uninsured. Medicare and hospitals, along with other public programs like Medicaid, are under constant threat of new cuts by lawmakers. Meanwhile, last year, the nation’s […]

  • Published
    January 7, 2012

    Privacy in American has all-but disappeared

    If I go to the shopping center or go downtown to have a coffee, I know my picture has been taken many times. Is privacy in America gone? Let’s take a look. I can go online to see what my house looks like from above and on street level. It doesn’t make me feel good […]

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