November 17, 2012

Letters to the editor: Low profile for both mural, LePage

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This mural depicting Maine’s labor history was ordered removed from the Department of Labor building in 2011. Noting that Gov. LePage didn’t do much campaigning for fellow Republicans, a reader wonders if he was “hibernating in the same closet that stores” the contentious mural.

Imbrogno Photography photo courtesy of Judy Taylor Studio

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Years ago, I relocated to Boston for a waitress job at a restaurant that was slated to open soon. It was winter, 1980s, and there was a natural gas shortage. The business was barred from opening.

I was desperate to pay my new rent and got a job on the street vending hot pretzels. The pretzels sold for 75 cents, and I made a quarter for each one I sold.

I knew a lot of panhandlers when I was on the streets, and they made way more money than I did. I just couldn't bring myself to join them, as I had been raised with a good work ethic.

Years later, waiting tables and able to pay my rent, I was always solicited by panhandlers as I walked down the city street. Knowing that most of them take the money people give and squander it on booze and drugs, I'd ask what they needed it for. I have a right to know where my hard-earned money goes. I bought coffee or pizza for a few.

I have five well-trained dogs. The basic tenet of good training is that you never "pay" (treat) the dog for begging because the only behavior you are rewarding is the begging, thus perpetuating it.

These people are your employees. You pay them to ask for money when you drive by. They don't have to punch a clock, they just have to be there,with their hand out, and a nicely worded sign.

Lisa DeAngelis Lane

Waldoboro  

Democrats aren't takers -- they're taxpayers, givers 

As a political independent, I have Republican friends and Democratic friends. 

You often read in newspaper columns and letters to the editor that Democrats are Democrats because they want stuff from the government, i.e., from taxpayers.

But all my Democratic friends would be insulted if you insinuated this.

In fact, they seem to be just the opposite.

They, too, are taxpayers -- and they are Democrats because they want to give stuff.

Joseph R. McKenna

Portland 

It's high time that Obama hold himself accountable 

Just wondering:

Now that Baraccus Narcissus I is with us for four more years, will he still be riding the "blame George Bush for all my problems" trolley?

Mike Mulkern

Portland 

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