Sunday, May 19, 2013
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Fifth-generation dairy farmer Libby Bleakney runs Highland Farms in Cornish with her family.
2013 File Photo/Gabe Souza
The governor's interest in and ability to provide the best possible support for the schools in our state ought to be an issue of paramount importance in the gubernatorial election of 2014.
William L. England
Coverage of laptop official makes big issue of small one
I am appalled by the front-page article in the March 10 Sunday Telegram in regard to Jeff Mao, laptop program director ("State official: Laptop official's handling of emails violated policy").
It actually turned my stomach that backing up information on home hard drives, which is a common practice among many professionals -- compounded by the fact the state has admitted it was lax in providing a way for the information to be backed up on state computers until recently -- should be front-page news and take up half of Page A6 in a fashion to denigrate and cast aspersions on a hardworking professional.
At the most, this should have been handled at the state level and quietly corrected, and it never should have been in the news at all.
What the article says to me is that the owner of The MacSmith computer company has friends at the state level who are willing to help make a scapegoat out of Mr. Mao in pursuit of his own financial gains and chagrin at not being awarded the contracts.
Why the newspaper spent any time on this will remain a mystery. Mr. Mao had nothing to be gained by not releasing information or in delaying it.
With the amount of real corruption here in the state, the fact that this article ever appeared will forever be a mystery to me. I think that Stan Smith, The MacSmith's owner, needs to step up and be transparent himself in his true motives behind all of this.
Julie Hurley Poole
Raising I-295 speed limit would hurt, not help drivers
Legislation proposed in Augusta will increase the speed limit on Interstate 295 to 75 mph ("Bill would raise I-295 speed limit to 75 mph," March 15). This is truly an irresponsible proposal.
Maine drivers already exceed the speed limit and do so under all conditions. With gas prices critically high, lowering consumption should be more than mandates on car manufacturers. Driving 55 mph saves lives and gas. It also lowers insurance rates for all drivers.
We should be more focused on responsible legislation and reject bills like this that worsen conditions, not help the public.
If commuters cannot get up and out in enough time to be at work driving responsibly, then it should remain their problem -- and that includes legislators from southern Maine!
Ernest Canelli III
Talk of 'cosmetics' misses point of gun control effort
In Sen. Angus King's current constituent response on the gun control discussion and legislative proposals dealing with gun control, he says he has serious reservations about limiting "assault weapons," as there is "too much emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of particular firearms rather than their actual functionality."
For those pro-gun control folks who use the "assault weapon" description, a carefully presented National Rifle Association tutorial is being circulated on the "assault weapon" misnomer. Its real intent, though, is to say that if you can't distinguish an "assault weapon" by definition, then your case for limiting anything is questionable.
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