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  • Published
    January 1, 2012

    MaineCare a brilliant idea abused by outsiders

    Maine must be congratulated for being the most compassionate state in the union. When it initiated it’s MaineCare system, it was the envy of others for taking care of its needy, young and old and anyone in financial need. That was then, but when the rolls doubled in 10 short years, a red flag should […]

  • Published
    January 1, 2012

    Firefighters helped out on a cold, windy night

    We would like to thank the West Gardiner Fire Department for the help the firefighters gave us recently when we had the misfortune of having a chimney fire at our house. They were very professional and had the fire out in no time. I have belonged to area fire departments, and I know what it […]

  • Published
    December 31, 2011

    Was it a circus or just democracy in action?

    I was appalled recently to hear a representative of the governor on the PBS program Mainewatch refer to the citizens who came to testify about his proposed budget as “a circus.” It made me wonder if Gov. Paul LePage and the other clowns in his administration really know what democracy is all about. Joan Moes, […]

  • Published
    December 31, 2011

    Enter 2012 with confidence, faith

    The end of the year has come; time to mourn what was lost and celebrate what remains. This has been a difficult year for many whose faith and beliefs promised insulation from troubles and hardships, longevity for loved ones and safe passage through the transitional points of life. Our national identity is evolving, and for […]

  • Published
    December 31, 2011

    Identify waste and fraud, don’t just slash and burn

    I have lived in Maine all my life. I realize Gov. Paul LePage was elected for his savvy fiscal management and that he inherited a massive debt from former Gov. John Baldacci’s policies. But it seems that he is proposing a sort of slash and burn policy toward the problems at the Department of Health […]

  • Published
    December 30, 2011

    LePage gives no gifts to elderly, handicapped

    Gov. Paul LePage did not giving any presents this year, especially to the elderly and handicapped of our state. These people are in nursing homes or boarding homes. These people raised good citizens, and now they can’t do anything for themselves. They have been put out to pasture. Many of them have no living family […]

  • Published
    December 30, 2011

    Some qualified for plans before the rules changed

    People were required to set up Medicare and drug plans by Dec. 7, or face penalties. Many of us complied with the rules and regulations of the Department of Health and Human Services. Now state government wants to force us out of the plans we qualified for, by changing the income limits by up to […]

  • Published
    December 30, 2011

    How many jobs did $145M CEO create in health care?

    The article, “Head honchos netted a median 27 percent increase in compensation in fiscal year 2010,” said top executives from the S&P 500 scored a median of 36.5 percent bump in realized compensation after two years of pay declines in 2008 and 2009.” Among the top 10, three came from health care companies; of the […]

  • Published
    December 30, 2011

    Maybe ‘mugwump’ should be a political party

    I was reading the November 1889 “Winthrop Budget” newspaper and came across a Hannaford drug store ad for a national puzzle for Republicans, Democrats, and mugwumps. Now, I don’t know what a mugwump is, but it sounds like a party we might consider in the next election. Can anyone enlighten me as to what a […]

  • Published
    December 30, 2011

    LePage gives no gifts to elderly, handicapped

    Gov. Paul LePage did not giving any presents this year, especially to the elderly and handicapped of our state.

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