November 10, 2012

Letters to the editor
Re-electing Obama shows bad judgment

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Barack Obama
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President Obama and his daughter Malia wave toward the crowd at his election night party in Chicago on Wednesday. “A complicit, completely biased liberal media machine” ignored the many examples of the president’s incompetence and pressed for his re-election, a reader says.

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A simple way to start that reform is to let tax cuts expire at the end of this year for the top 2 percent of American households – those making more than a quarter million dollars a year. (Middle-income cuts should be extended.) This would raise hundreds of billions of dollars to reduce debt and shore up human needs programs.

Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Olympia Snowe should support this move toward more equitable taxation. We should all support a more humane society that provides for those in need.

Patricia Pora


More landing restrictions will not revive cod fishery 

More absurd than a 10-year timeline for rebuilding fish stocks is the misapprehension that further cutbacks in landings will have any impact on the pace of cod's recovery ("Critics: Scale back fisheries rules," Oct. 8).

The fact is, if fishing as we know it in 2012 had much to do with the size of the cod biomass, the ocean would be close to full of them. Today's groundfish fleet is piddling by historic standards, and its nets vent harmlessly much if not most of the cod they pass through.

Advocates for continued reductions in fishing pressure do cod a disservice.

To the extent that cod is rebuilding more slowly than we believe it should, we need to determine what is going on in the ecosystem that is causing this to be the case.

Our focus on groundfishing is taking our eyes off the ball.

Jerry Fraser


Kids can be role models for standing up to bullies

Bullying is wrong and mean, and it keeps getting worse and worse. The reason is kids have gotten headstrong. This means they believe they can get away with everything. What they need is to learn to respect different people.

I've met someone that stutters when she talks. She gets bullied, and I'm her only friend. This upsets me. Just because a person is different doesn't mean they should be treated badly.

Kids that bully think they're cool, but they're not!

Hundreds of kids get picked on every day. Ask yourself this: Is your friend next?

Stand up, stand out, don't be afraid! Think positive and start standing up against bullying. It needs to end!

Cati Gaffen, age 10



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