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Letters to the Editor
  • Published
    April 7, 2011

    Pittston, West Gardiner continue library support

    As we all grapple with shrinking budgets and more demands for service, I want to express my gratitude that the residents of Pittston and West Gardiner voted to continue to be partner communities using the Gardiner Public Library. So many municipalities are looking for cuts in their budgets, yet these two towns overwhelmingly supported the […]

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    April 7, 2011

    Last bit about crash victim not necessary to story

    I was so disappointed in your article about the crash that killed the man. As I read this, I thought about a person who was just beginning life and who lost it in such a tragedy, and how the family must be hurting. When I reached the end, I was shocked that the newspaper put […]

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    April 7, 2011

    ‘Mortified’ by Wiscasset decision about nickname

    I read the report of the Wiscasset school system keeping the name “Redskins,” and I was absolutely aghast. This action is beyond inappropriate, to the point of being reprehensible. Keeping the name “Redskins” is a prejudicial and racially inflammatory action. If the team name had been the Wiscasset “N*****ers,” you can bet that the name […]

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    April 7, 2011

    We can all celebrate when murals are restored

    I am looking forward to the loud and joyful party we are all going to have when our beautiful murals, so lovingly created by Judy Taylor, are restored to their rightful place in the world — on the walls of the Maine State Department of Labor. Cheryl Harrington Winthrop

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    April 7, 2011

    Stokes is right choice for Augusta mayor

    I was honored when Bill Stokes asked me to be treasurer for his campaign for mayor of Augusta. I had the pleasure of serving with Stokes on Augusta’s Board of Education for a number of years. During that time, I found him to be one of the most thoughtful, honest and dedicated elected officials with […]

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    April 7, 2011

    Embrace single-payer, universal health care

    Michael Hudson’s March 23 letter to the editor states that “unions are fighting everyone’s battle to maintain our standard of living.” I am sympathetic to unions and joined the Maine State Employees Association out of solidarity rather than requirement during my decade of state service as a classified “confidential” state employee. I now work for […]

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    April 7, 2011

    Item about young man’s death ‘in poor taste’

    The item in your paper about the death of Greg Bradley was in very poor taste. The last paragraph was uncalled for. His family and friends must be heartbroken, and for your newspaper to include that paragraph was unforgivable. I believe this newspaper owes the family a private apology, as well as a very public […]

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    April 7, 2011

    Even LePage has ‘some good inside’ somewhere

    Gov. Paul LePage is such a sweetie. While he is destroying historic murals, and erasing labor history, he is also helping out at Meals on Wheels in his spare time. See there is some good inside there somewhere. Del Cain Gardiner native retired in Orlando, Fla.

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    April 6, 2011

    Governor makes decrees like a dictator

    I can’t help but think that Moammar Gadhafi also would have removed a labor mural from one of his buildings. I’m not implying our governor is a dictator, but he seems to be conducting himself as one. He makes a decrees and it will be done, no further discussion. What’s next? Attacking the citizens? Oh […]

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    April 6, 2011

    As to the location and witnesses of my birth …

    Our State Department is now proposing that we fill out a biographical questionnaire (DS-5513) before we are awarded a passport. Question 11 inquires about the location and witnesses to our birth. Below is my reply: In regards to the history on the location and witnesses to my birth, I’d like to say that my mother, […]