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    September 24, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 24, 2010Will elected mayor make city better?

    That there’s a possibility of an elected mayor ruling the roost in the hallowed halls of Portland city government seems like an adventure worth voting for. Councilors receive $5,500 per year in salary and Portlanders have received exactly what they’ve paid for. It’s a lousy system for a city with some degree of complexity to […]

  • Published
    September 23, 2010
    Kaden Found

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 23, 2010: Cumberland cat worth big woo-hoo

    I’ll bet there were many “woo-hoos” shouted in lots of homes when the story of Kaden the Cumberland cat became a happy ending (Sept. 16). As someone who works in animal welfare, I found this story powerful in the way it underscores the intensity of the human-animal bond. Kaden’s family quickly got the word out […]

  • Published
    September 23, 2010

    More letters to the editor, Sept. 23, 2010: Who’s next in the Blaine House?

    In recent elections, the candidates for governor have been members of the political establishment with minimal differences in philosophy, and no fresh ideas for changing the economic woes that have plagued Maine for decades. The gubernatorial election in 2010 offers a stark contrast in the leading candidates. The Maine government that Paul LePage envisions will […]

  • Published
    September 22, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 22, 2010Tax wealthy more? It’s only fair

    Republicans claim that allowing tax cuts for the wealthy to expire will hurt small businesses. It will only hurt small businesses that have employees or owners who net more than $250,000 a year. Many thoughtful Americans would agree that it is fair to pay an additional 8 percent in taxes on earnings in excess of […]

  • Published
    September 20, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 20, 2010Treat Fort Gorges like Fort Knox

    I recently visited Fort Knox just outside of Bucksport. This was the first time in 15 years. At the original visit, the fort was decaying, leaking and a barely safe structure that was slowly falling apart due to neglect. On this recent visit, there was a gate guard, a nice parking area, a visitor center, […]

  • Published
    September 19, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 19, 2010:Casino will bring jobs

    How did an Oxford casino make it on the ballot again — hasn’t it been voted down enough? Well, no. I’m writing today to ask folks that have had doubts in the past to listen to the facts, I truly think this proposal is fairer to the people of Maine than previous. A report by […]

  • Published
    September 18, 2010

    Letters to the editor:Peaks resident: No ‘village’ status

    My thanks to The Portland Press Herald’s editorial writers who, on Sept. 10, in “Peaks should not get village status,” reminded readers that just some, not all, members of the Peaks Island community are so dissatisfied with being a Portland neighborhood that they want the city to help them form a village. I would like […]

  • Published
    September 18, 2010

    More letters to the editor:Readers pick their favorites for governor

    As a father of three school-aged children, a Maine homeowner, a taxpayer and an involved community member, I write this letter to encourage all Maine voters to take a close look at Eliot Cutler as a smart, strategic and experienced leader and executive who is the only intelligent choice for governor this year. While Paul […]

  • Published
    September 17, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 17, 2010Maine senators’ votes scrutinized

    Anthony Emerson of Portland wrote a letter (a response to another letter) saying that Maine’s senators are casting their votes the way most people want. Neither he nor I have any statistical evidence to support or refute that statement. Mr. Emerson, a Democrat, goes on to say that he voted for Sens. Olympia Snowe and […]

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    September 16, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 16, 2010: Fly the flag, don’t wear it

    The Freeport Flag Ladies’ consistent display of our flag is commendable and should be appreciated by all. I am a retired U.S. Air Force officer from the 1950s. I do not believe that flag etiquette allows people to use our flag as clothing, beach towels or other than an accurate representation of our flag. The […]

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