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    July 22, 2010

    Letters to the editor, July 22, 2010Strong energy and climate bill needed

    Your editorial “Energy security a vital national interest” on July 11 speaks directly to our era’s energy challenge. Right now this issue is in immediate need of political leadership. Energy presents major national problems and opportunities that Maine’s two senators could do much to resolve and realize. As the admiral you quoted makes plain, our […]

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    July 21, 2010

    Letters to the Editor:Critics target Maine senators

    May a pox fall upon the whole state of Maine! Your two “Republican” senators, Olympia Snow and Susan Collins, again have sided with the liberals in Congress to vote in the financial “overhaul” bill. This 2,300-page bill will continue to concentrate power in Washington and grow the government, at a huge cost to the private […]

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    July 20, 2010

    Letters to the editor:Collectors appreciate rare documents

    The new Maine law to “preserve” historical documents may accomplish the opposite. I am a book collector. If I pay $300 for a book, I will take care of it. When it leaves me it will go to a dealer or collector who understands its market value. He or she will take care to preserve […]

  • Published
    July 19, 2010
    Elena Kagan

    Letters to the editor, July 19, 2010Hearings proved Kagan’s competence

    Soon the U.S. Senate will decide whether to confirm current U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court. This is a lifetime appointment. Kagan’s decision will echo over the next few decades since she’s relatvely young. I hope Maine’s two senators were listening her recent confirmation hearings before the […]

  • Published
    July 18, 2010

    Letters to the editor, July 18, 2010Dechaine case, coverage disturbing

    What madness is this, that state officials, including prosecutors and judges, bound by some of the oldest and most revered oaths in U.S. history, would willfully ignore evidence that may not only prove that an innocent man has been imprisoned for a horrible crime, but also serve to lead investigators to the person who is […]

  • Published
    July 17, 2010

    Letters to the editor, July 17, 2010Precedent for ‘reasonable suspicion’

    Much is being bandied about as to the collision course of Arizona, the federal government and the Constitution. Lofty expressions such as “fundamental rights” and “the supreme law of the land” are popping up like springtime dandelions. Let’s grant that the Constitution trumps whenever a conflict appears; that a state’s statute is void when conflicting […]

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    July 17, 2010

    More letters to the editor, July 17, 2010Let’s debate issue of wind turbines

    I have followed, with considerable interest, the recent discourse between two former political rivals in our state concerning proposed industrial wind turbines for the mountains and ridge-lines of central and western Maine. Former Gov. Angus King and political opponent Jonathan Carter are embroiled in a passionate debate on this subject, and I am curious about […]

  • Published
    July 16, 2010

    Letters to the editor, July 16, 2010A good START on weapons control

    Earlier this year, Presidents Obama and Medvedev signed a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) between the United States and Russia. This agreement limits both countries to 74 percent fewer nuclear weapons than allowed by the previous START agreement of 1991. The leadership demonstrated by the two nations — which have the great majority of […]

  • Published
    July 15, 2010

    Letters to the editor:No emergency at Portland’s ERs

    I am writing in response to Kathy Card’s letter published July 1. As medical director of the emergency department at one of the city’s two major hospitals, I can appreciate her concern that, with Portland’s growing population. emergency rooms can become overwhelmed. However, I would like her, and the community at large, to know that […]

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    July 14, 2010

    Letters to the editor:Let’s make rose circle accessible to all

    In December 1879, William A. Goodwin and the Olmsted brothers drew up plans for Deering Oaks park, and by the early 1900s it was known as the “people’s garden.” State Street bisected the park and separated the rose circle from the rest of the park. In 1904, State Street was widened to accommodate increasing horse-drawn […]

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