September 12, 2013

Letters to the editor: Poland Spring good steward of resources

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Bottles of water line the conveyor belt at Poland Spring’s Hollis plant. Those who say the company is depleting southern Maine’s water supply are misinformed, a reader says.

2011 File Photo/John Patriquin

This is reminiscent of George W. Bush, who was so eager for war in Iraq that he couldn't wait for U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix to finish his work in that country. And now Bush sits at home alone in his Dallas exile, not invited to, or so much as mentioned at, Republican conventions.

This country seems to have at long last grown tired of endless war. Will our so-called leaders ever catch up?

Lawrence Reichard


Paper could serve readers by publishing Constitution

In a letter Sept. 9 ("Call to oust Obama misreads Constitution"), reader Julie Mueller strongly urges everyone to read the Constitution on Sept. 17, which is the anniversary of its adoption in 1787.

I have always wanted to see the Constitution published in a newspaper, since it's an immensely important document that touches much of the news that papers report. It is also too often misunderstood.

I hope that on Sept. 17 you decide to publish the Constitution. It's a relatively short document that shouldn't take more than a couple pages.

I'm also sure that you'll sell more than enough extra papers to cover the cost as word spreads of what that day's paper contains.

Mike Schowalter


GOP Senate candidate's loss defeat for state, not for her

Re: "Another View: Democrat won with hard work, not just campaign spending," Sept. 7:

The Republicans in the District 19 state Senate race also worked hard in the best candidate's efforts.

Paula Benoit was endorsed by the local newspaper as the most qualified to serve again in the District 19 Senate seat. She had served with distinction in that capacity.

I need not dwell on her behalf as to her work ethic or character. I will let her record speak.

State Senate candidates Paula Benoit, Nichi Farnham and Dana Dow all carried a millstone around their necks, a cross to bear, followed by the albatross. All three were beaten by unknowns.

During this campaign, one of many I have been in both as a worker and combatant, one thing I became aware of instantly: Gov. Paul LePage.  

Personally, I voted for him but like most, I like his programs but not his demeanor. Two longtime Republicans who never voted Democratic told me personally, "Don't know who Paula's opponent is but I'm voting for them." They could handle "kiss my butt," "go to hell" or the Vaseline comment, but the last blab, "Obama hates whites," broke Paula's back.

We now have a community organizer in office (like the one at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. How's that working for you?) who has never owned a business, never made a payroll, never had to inventory. The new state senator will be in lockstep with the "tax and spend" Democrats.

Yes, as the guest editorial said, there are many factions facing us as the oldest and poorest of all the 50 states. Adding 70,000 more people to the welfare rolls is not the way to effectively create a stable society. We are broke.

No, Paula Benoit, Nichi Farnham and Dana Dow did not lose. The state, Gov. LePage and, most of all, the citizens have lost.

David S. Kaler



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