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    July 2, 2010

    Letters to the editor, July 2, 2010Joblessness, climate needed senators to act

    Passing almost unnoticed, the Democrats in the Senate “failed to pass” a bill which, among other things, would have continued assistance to hundreds of thousands of long-term unemployed people. In the undemocratic Senate, 54 out of 100 is a majority, yet it is not enough to pass legislation when Republicans signal that they will filibuster […]

  • Published
    July 1, 2010

    Letters to the editor, July 1, 2010MMC’s ER too crowded for comfort

    On a recent Saturday, I had occasion to visit the Maine Medical Center Emergency Room at 11 p.m. It had been a couple of years since I had been there — and never on a Saturday night. I was unprepared for a standing-room-only waiting room, bursting at the seams with folks from many cultures and […]

  • Published
    June 30, 2010

    Letters to the editor, June 39, 2010RSU 21 Board acted irresponsibly

    I have been appalled at the irresponsible nature of the Regional School Unit 21 Board for months now, but they have taken it to new heights in their actions at the meeting on June 21 (“Board: End Thornton contract,” June 23). The board voted to circumvent the legally binding Thornton Academy Middle School contract and […]

  • Published
    June 29, 2010

    Letters to the editor, June 29, 2010:District merger works for RSU 23

    I would like to thank all those people who voted to pass the 2010-2011 school budget for RSU 23. Your support and vision for a better-informed community are truly appreciated. And to the folks who don’t think the RSU law is working, I would like to set the record straight: The new school district will […]

  • Published
    June 28, 2010

    Letters to the editor, June 28, 2010Day-surgery centers not hotbeds of infection

    We read with disappointment “Infections run rampant at same-day surgery centers” published in The Portland Press Herald on June 9. While the sensationalized title implies that infection rates are “rampant” in outpatient centers, the article contains no infection rate data to support that claim. Instead, the article is a description of the U.S. Department of […]

  • Published
    June 27, 2010

    Letters to the editor, June 27, 2010Time to help teens quit smoking

    It was frustrating to read in the June 20 Maine Sunday Telegram that Maine’s teen smoking rate is on the rise after years of decline. Joe Richards, who started smoking when he was 16, was quoted as telling his 10-year-old sister to “never start smoking.” Joe says he is never going to quit because he […]

  • Published
    June 26, 2010
    Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins

    Letters to the editor, June 26, 2010Stimulus funds would boost Maine jobs

    Our two senators ignored both The Press Herald’s well-considered plea for a continuation of federal stimulus spending and the importance to Mainers of the services that must be cut in the absence of the state’s $84 million share of the bill they opposed. In doing so, they once again chose to hew to the Republican […]

  • Published
    June 26, 2010

    Letters to the editor, June 26, 2010 Columnist’s attack on GOP only lacked one thing: Accuracy

    Leigh Donaldson’s recent column, “Republicans now the party of ‘no’ on any kind of social progress,” is in roughly equal parts careless, blatantly false and insulting. Donaldson boosts his complaints about Republicans by quoting liberally from Arun Gupta, the left’s latest trendy guru, whose sweeping assertions on social and economic issues are often little more […]

  • Published
    June 24, 2010
    David Morales

    More Letters to the Editor, June 24

    Toy soldier hat hardly threatening The Tioque School administration (in Coventry, R.I.) strives to keep kids safe and avert potential terrorism. Students cannot bring weapons to school. Violators face swift discipline. Recently, David Morales’ second-grade class was assigned a project making hats. David glued some of his small, plastic toy soldiers onto a camouflage baseball […]

  • Published
    June 24, 2010

    Letters to the Editor, June 24, 2010

    Comments on Gulf oil spill continue to flow strongly President Obama gave the first Oval Office speech of his presidency on the Gulf oil crisis, echoing growing sentiment around the country that oil companies like BP must pay for the mess they create. He also reaffirmed the need for a new national climate and clean […]

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