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  • Published
    July 22, 2011

    Teacher success shouldn’t be tied to test scores

    I read with interest the article on July 15 about Augusta Superintendent Cornelia Brown, who had “performance-based financial incentives added to her contract.” Thus, she “will get bonus pay if Augusta students improve their performance on standardized tests used statewide….” This is a bad idea, and equally bad for teachers and students. As a former […]

  • Published
    July 22, 2011

    What’s ‘tough’ or ‘fair’ about Chevron settlement?

    Gov. Paul LePage visited Hampden recently to discuss Maine’s settlement with Chevron over a gas spill for $900,000. He called the settlement “tough but fair” and bragged, “If they violate our laws we’re going to come after them.” Such hypocrisy. This is the governor who tried to shorten the statute of limitations to a length […]

  • Published
    July 22, 2011

    Smell from in-town farm makes life tough for others

    As I sit by my open windows enjoying the cool evening breezes, the peacefulness of now-quiet roads and a cup of fresh coffee, I appreciate the simple and uncomplicated life of a small town. Oakland and its surrounding areas have so much to offer for both residents and visitors. We moved back to this area […]

  • Published
    July 22, 2011

    Remembering summer Sundays at Unity Pond

    On these hot summer days, the old road to Unity Pond always comes to my mind. Back in the 1940s, all of us King kids, and even Mum and Dad, waited in anticipation for the right-hand turn we had to take off the main road. Down a hill, over railroad tracks, more dirt road then […]

  • Published
    July 21, 2011

    As Violette shrinks from view, troubles mount

    Recently, I've witnessed the games played by the health care system. They aren't pretty.

  • Published
    July 21, 2011

    Maine making progress in reducing youths’ smoking

    The federal Food and Drug Administration visited Maine recently to award a $2.1 million, three-year tobacco compliance and enforcement contract to the state. It was the second enforcement grant awarded to Maine by the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, which was developed in 2009 to provide oversight and regulation to tobacco products manufactured and sold […]

  • Published
    July 21, 2011

    Health care games costly; we need honest system

    Recently, I’ve witnessed the games played by the health care system. They aren’t pretty. I filled a prescription for medicine with a co-pay of $485 for 90 pills, but, oops, they billed the wrong insurance. In the end, my co-pay was only $20. So did the insurance company really pay the other $465-plus for those […]

  • Published
    July 21, 2011

    Healthy environment crucial to all living things

    The House spending bill poses a potential threat to wildlife. I think it is important to protect our wildlife and keep our waters and air free of pollution. We must not sacrifice our wildlife refuges and other sanctuaries, because a healthy environment plays a crucial role in maintaining the natural order of all living things. […]

  • Published
    July 20, 2011

    Cut off foreign aid before giving seniors heart attacks

    Instead of trying to scare all Social Security recipients into having heart attacks, maybe they should try a different tack. How hard can it be to solve this problem? First of all, cut off all foreign aid and then focus on all aid to illegal immigrants for the next few years. (Don’t worry about losing […]

  • Published
    July 20, 2011

    Sounds like Smith wants to sell out our way of life

    I just finished reading George Smith’s take on the Millinocket area’s economy. He feels it would be a good idea for Roxanne Quimby to buy more land and control more of our state. Apparently he doesn’t feel we Mainers know how to be good stewards of our own land and waters. Smith feels charging $5,000 […]

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