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    December 22, 2010

    Letters to the Editor, Dec. 22: A big step forward for child nutrition

    Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud deserve a public thank-you for supporting recent legislation to renew and strengthen child nutrition programs. The law upgrades federal school nutrition standards for the first time in 16 years and provides assistance to schools to teach children and their families about better […]

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    December 21, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Dec. 21: McKinney a boon to law enforcement

    Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith claims that MDEA Director Roy McKinney runs a rogue agency. I have been a Portland police officer for nearly 24 years. Nearly half of my police career I was assigned to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, either as an investigative agent or as a task force supervisor. The MDEA is […]

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    December 20, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Dec. 20, 2010Don’t join anti-ObamaCare lawsuit

    I have been reading with dismay the newspaper articles reporting that the incoming attorney general of Maine and the governor-elect are planning to join a lawsuit in Florida challenging the federal Affordable Care Act. It should be noted that these two men, who have (or will have) jobs that provide for comprehensive employer-provided health insurance […]

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    December 19, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Dec. 19, 2010Fiscal folly harms workers

    When the debate is over Social Security, tax cuts, etc., can anyone truly answer why the words for labor unions and entitlement programs have become one, as in “union entitlements”? The failure to separate the words by some politicians and lately even in the media is disturbing. When did labor unions’ benefits become synonymous with […]

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    December 18, 2010
    John Boehner, Mitch McConnell

    Letters to the editor, Dec. 18, 2010Federal, state taxes too high

    To those who think that the “wealthy” are getting unfair breaks or, as one of your letter writers put it, a “free ride,” consider this: At the current “Bush tax cuts for the rich” rate, a person earning $250,000 a year through his or her own hard work, years of education, long hours, self-sacrifice and […]

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    December 18, 2010

    More letters to the editor, Dec. 18, 2010Arguments for bear baiting miss target

    The Dec. 3 Maine Voices column by Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokesman Travis Barrett, excusing Maine bear hunting, is as full of holes as the 300th bear he imagines goes unrecovered (“Bear hunting in Maine remains a sport in all its forms”). Barrett offers a new spin of cherry-picked language from “hands on” bear […]

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    December 17, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Dec. 17, 2010WikiLeaks revealed things we need to know

    The WikiLeaks disclosures literally speak volumes about “official” government positions and policies, versus actual government practices. Whether the United States says one thing and then does another, or simply admits to nothing that it does, the lofty and noble-sounding propaganda gloss that the government covers itself in is at complete odds with reality. Worse, the […]

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    December 16, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Dec. 16, 2010: Benefits of rules can outweigh costs

    It was recently reported that Gov.-elect Paul Le Page had called on industry and business leaders to help his transition team identify regulations that hinder economic development in Maine. On the surface it would appear that reducing the burden of regulation on industry is a worthwhile goal. But is important to recognize that regulations that […]

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    December 16, 2010
    Bill Clinton

    More letters to the editor, Dec. 16, 2010: Era of big government is unaffordable

    The number of people writing letters to the editor wanting to see tax rates on their fellow citizens rise is stunning. It appears to me that most of these people think that the money belongs to the government, not the people that earned it. There are several lessons these people need to learn. First, the […]

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    December 15, 2010
    Mitch McConnell, Rohit Kumar

    Letters to the Editor: Taxes, jobless benefits hot topics

    Once again the voters have screwed up. We keep putting politicians in office instead of people who will represent us. The politicos know this, so they sit back and continue to play bully in the sandbox while we the non-millionaires continue to get buried. Anyone who believes that millionaires need a tax break or that […]

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