April 26, 2013

Letters to the editor: Paper continues anti-LePage crusade

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Portland Press Herald coverage of concerns over Gov. LePage’s role in state unemployment appeals hearings is part of a pattern that shows the newspaper’s “palpable and unseemly” disdain for the governor, a reader says.

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From 1976 to 1986, inflation ran 100 to 125 percent a year. The government dictated the minimum wage. Forget bonuses for good work. Indexing to the rate of inflation was policy.

For 10 years, unions, government and employers negotiated minimum wages on a monthly basis. The paperwork became overwhelming. Good intentions but counterproductive, you might say.

Today, the minimum wage in Mexico is less than $5 a day. Of course, workers make more, but the economy determines what the market can bear. Might be worth a study by Maine lawmakers.

Robert Denbow

Saco

Mayor thanked for making Lewiston great place to live

Mayor Robert Macdonald of Lewiston deserves a great big thank-you for reviewing the rules and regulations of general assistance to be assured that all the people who are receiving general assistance are fully qualified to receive benefits ("Lewiston kicks 84 people off welfare rolls," March 26).

This is a fantastic exercise for the taxpayers in the city of Lewiston. This could free up tax dollars to assist other programs within the city, i.e.: the school system, children's sports programs, the police department, the fire department, EMTs, senior citizens, disabled veterans, etc.

It would be wonderful if every city mayor and town manager in the state of Maine proceeded to review the same program within their appropriate areas. It seems that by Mayor Macdonald's finding, this is a highly misused and abused program.

Again, Mayor Macdonald, great job. Keep up the good work. I am sure the residents of Lewiston also are very pleased with your efforts at making the city of Lewiston a great place to live.

Stephen Cox

Sanford

Armenians thankful for Legislature's resolution

On behalf of the Armenians of Maine and Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan, we would like to thank the Maine Legislature for the Joint Resolution on the Independence of Nagorno-Karabakh.  

The people of Nagorno-Karabakh are democratic and peace-loving people and deserve to raise their children in safety, freedom and security.  

This may not have meant a lot to most Mainers, but it means the world to Armenians of Maine and Armenians of the world.  

Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts.

Ruben Babayan

Scarborough

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