April 21, 2013

Letters to the editor: Labor expenses hinder growth

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If the cost of production gets too high, there will be fewer jobs to to around, a reader says.

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Perhaps Nancy Heiser should only review the gourmet restaurants ("Byrnes' Irish Pub suffers from nondescript food, so-so service," March 31). She obviously doesn't have an appreciation for pub food.

Susan White

Brunswick

LePage's 'lack of character' obscures any achievements

In the March 17 Telegram, Michael Cuzzi wrote an incisive commentary headlined "Governor's character reflects on Maine's."

He goes on to critique Paul LePage's performance as governor to date, highlighting many of his thoughtless statements that were either not truthful or proved to be offensive to the majority of his constituents.

Cuzzi aptly describes the governor as a "good and decent man motivated by a sincere passion to move in a better direction. But somehow that passion too often devolves into public spectacle, undermining the governor's effectiveness and impugning Maine's character."

It has become increasingly clear that LePage intends to run for re-election. In recent days, he has softened his rigid position on a few key issues. The line he drew in the sand has shifted, driven by the prevailing political winds.

He has a solid core of followers who not only condone his penchant for distorting the truth and disparaging all who do not agree with him, but also encourage his style of leadership.

I have clipped Cuzzi's commentary from the newspaper and posted it in a prominent place on my refrigerator. If and when LePage campaigns on his record of great "achievements," it will serve to remind me of the lack of character that eclipses whatever he may actually accomplish.

If there are once again more than two candidates for the office of governor in 2014, his minority supporters may very well succeed in electing him to a second term.

It is my fervent hope he will change his mind and not seek another term. If he does run, it is crucial that the majority of the electorate does everything possible to avoid this undesirable prospect. As Cuzzi observed, "Maine's character hangs in the balance."

Phyllis Kamin

Cumberland

East-west highway backers looking to pave the planet

I grow weary from being labeled an environmental extremist/radical by the east-west corridor proponents, though the label diminishes daily as truth surfaces and reality prevails as to the actual intentions of CEO Peter Vigue of Cianbro Corp. and the potential global investors who understand nothing but rape and plunder of the planet.

Destroying even one part is akin to removing part of one's own body. The globalists want the entire body. Now, that's extreme.

I would not mind being labeled this way if such PR attacks were actual reality and not the false assumptions promoted from the fabricated reality of which the indoctrinated cannot comprehend escaping from. For I am not an environmentalist; I am the environment, and, ironically, so are they ... as are all humans, as is all life and matter.

Earth is primary, our only livable habitat. The agenda of Cianbro is, as is all global corporations and their paid political allies, to completely destroy that habitat in the insane guise of "progress." Ignorance gone mad. The true extreme few deciding the fate of this wondrous planet.

Every moment of our precious existences will never pass through our breathing hearts again. Every moment of denial that avoids this, our earthly environment with which we are one, is a fundamental confession that one's soul has been a waste of having been born on what I've long referred to as "The Most Beautiful Planet In the Universe."

Sadly, such lost souls are the major accomplices to Earth's suffocating demise.

Robert Schick

Garland

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