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    April 18, 2010

    Letters to the editor, April 18, 2010Blowing hot and cold on wind

    Although erecting wind turbines in pristine areas may not be ideal, it is better than the alternative. To those opposing the wind power projects, I challenge them to consider where the energy used in the United States comes from currently. Coal, one of the top three energy sources in the United States, mined by blowing […]

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    April 17, 2010

    Letters to the editor, April 17, 2010Library made hard choice, respect it

    There seem to be so many misconceptions about the Portland Public Library in this dire economic time. Do the city councilors have such short memories that they have forgotten that two years ago the main library staff was cut by 10 percent instead of the system’s closing down one branch due to flat funding? The […]

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    April 17, 2010

    More letters to the editor, April 17, 2010Real change hoped for, but all that’s new are the names

    After the first year of the administration of the candidate who ran on a platform of change, the biggest change is the name on the door. Under President Obama, the United States still has military in the Middle East, is still bailing out businesses that went bankrupt due to uncontrolled greed, is still disrespecting fundamental […]

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    April 16, 2010

    Letters to the editor, April 16, 2010Bonds for highways miss human needs

    I recently received e-mails from my state senator and from Senate President Libby Mitchell asking for support of the bond package that the Legislature has approved. In the past I have voted for almost every bond package on the ballot. With so much money being cut from the educational programs across the state, should it […]

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    April 15, 2010

    Letters to the editor, April 15, 2010Lacrosse player’s plight: Fair or foul?

    Regarding the parents of a Yarmouth High School lacrosse player suing to overturn her three-week team suspension for apparently drinking beer: As a parent of one former and one current high school athlete, I am familiar with the honor code signed by student athletes. It is a pledge on the part of the student athlete […]

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    April 14, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Aprl 14, 2010Maine’s water too precious to sell

    It looks like The Portland Press Herald is unaware of the facts and problems that drove large numbers of Wells voters to reject water extraction last year. The paper’s editorial of April 6 (“Water use battles play out in rate hike talk”) shows a deep ignorance of the well-established facts and problems that resonated with […]

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    April 13, 2010

    Letters to the editor, April 13, 2010:Learning not a mechanical process

    Thanks to Chris Queally for a wonderful April 7 Maine Voices column outlining the pitfalls that abound when attempting to pin teacher evaluations to students’ performance. There have been a host of calls to enact this form of teacher assessment from a business-minded population that imagines education to be like running a factory or a […]

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    April 12, 2010
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    Letters to the editor, April 12, 2010Diocese falls short of Jesus’ example

    Regarding the Catholic Diocese’s choice to revoke funds to Preble Street: I grew up Catholic, and I am now very happy to say I attend a much more open, affirming church! Punishing the homeless shelter as a way to enforce church beliefs really shows the separation between “letter of the law” and “spirit of the […]

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    April 12, 2010

    More letters to the editor, April 15, 2010Topless marchers should know men are going to look

    As a proud feminist who respects Ms. Ty McDowell’s right to demonstrate topless, I don’t understand her shock that men would ogle these women. Unfortunately, we live in a society of “girls gone wild,” where young women in particular are suffering from an epidemic of eating disorders, teen pregnancy and sexual assault. Mothers who breast-feed […]

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    April 11, 2010

    Letters to the editor, April 11, 2010Paid sick days bill made ‘cents’

    I am writing to express my disappointment in the failure  of the Legislature to pass L.D. 1665, An Act to Prevent the Spread of H1N1, a bill sponsored by Senate President Libby Mitchell. It is my understanding that three attempts have been made to pass legislation to ensure paid sick days for Maine’s hard-working citizens. […]

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