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    July 27, 2010

    Letters to the editor:Critics from away? How dare they?

    While I do not speak for Maine’s diverse population, I would like to address my comments today toward the authors of the letters in the July 21 Portland Press Herald criticizing Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe for their votes on the financial overhaul bill. First of all, I would like to say to them, […]

  • Published
    July 26, 2010

    Letters to the editor, July 26, 2010Waterfront part of the public trust

    Waterfront pier owners are pressuring the City Council to throw open Portland’s working waterfront zoning to more shops, offices and restaurants, and to consider allowing more condos on the piers. The pier owners say their present mix of upscale and marine businesses isn’t profitable enough to pay for pier maintenance. These piers belong to these […]

  • Published
    July 25, 2010

    Letters to the editor, July 25, 2010:Make North Woods tourist magnet

    There are several scenarios that can be played out on the best, or should we say most profitable, use of the North Woods and Moosehead Lake region of Maine: 1. The proposed development of the southern portion of Moosehead Lake into a mix of condominiums and resort units by Plum Creek Timber Corp. is a […]

  • Published
    July 24, 2010

    Letters to the editor, July 24, 2010Gubernatorial poll raises questions

    In Tuesday’s front-page article about a recent Rasmussen poll, the newspaper states that Paul LePage “leads the race” with support from 39 percent of respondents compared to 31 percent for Elizabeth Mitchell. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 4.5 percent. Because of the intricacies of statistical modeling, the margin of error means […]

  • Published
    July 24, 2010

    More letters to the editor, July 24, 2010Medical pot dispensaries need to crop up somewhere

    I was both saddened and angered when I read the opinion of the Rev. Stephen Reynolds in a July 15 article about the proposed medical marijuana dispensary in Portland. Reynolds says he is against medical marijuana based on his experience working in the substance abuse field. He states that medical marijuana may be well-intended, but […]

  • Published
    July 23, 2010

    Letters to the editor, July 23, 2010End delay on high-speed toll lanes

    The way life should be? Come on! If you’re a summer visitor with a family, trying to make your way home after a long holiday weekend, the last, and for many the most memorable, Maine experience is the 10-mile traffic backup at the York toll plaza. A nightmare! Now, keep in mind that every other […]

  • Published
    July 22, 2010

    More Letters to the editor, July 22, 2010Dechaine series continues to elicit strong reactions

    Since it is not against the law to attempt to commit suicide, Dennis Dechaine is to be persecuted, er, prosecuted for having traces of prescription drugs in his blood. “Trafficking” makes great headlines, even though legally the charge is a real stretch, and morally it is indefensible — talk about kicking a guy when he […]

  • Published
    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 […]

  • Published
    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 […]

  • Published
    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 […]

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