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    August 25, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Aug. 25, 2010Turnpike has long list of errors

    Regarding the latest venture by the Maine Turnpike Authority, we only need to look back at its track record over the last 30 years to decide if it has the best interests of the state at heart. We were told that once the turnpike was paid for, the tollbooths would be removed. That never happened. […]

  • Published
    August 24, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Aug. 24, 2010

    Readers dogged on pit bull issue Fritz Spencer’s opinion in his Aug. 17 column about dog regulations (“Maine should take the lead on the prohibition of vicious dogs”) is uneducated and irresponsible. He continues to spread the sensationalized story that has already been written thousands of times. Time and time again this rudimentary and simplistic […]

  • Published
    August 23, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Aug. 23, 2010Peaks taxi decision draws jeers

    Well, a big thank you to the Portland City Council and the Peaks Island Transportation System. They singlehandedly wiped out a teenage entrepreneur and budding capitalist with his golf cart taxi on Peaks Island (“Council: Peaks golf cart ‘taxi’ must be licensed and insured,” Aug. 17). We absolutely need more rules and regulations to stem […]

  • Published
    August 22, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Aug. 22, 2010:Rails with trails efficient, save lives

    This is written in response to your Aug. 10 editorial (“Footpaths should not replace rail development”) that suggested converting rails to trails may not always be in the best interests of the state. But there is an option you allude to that needs more consideration: Rails with Trails. The Kennebec River Rail Trail, Augusta to […]

  • Published
    August 21, 2010

    More letters to the editor:Mosque shows U.S. superiority

    The 9/11 attacks on our country were due, in part, to our open social system which allows each citizen the freedom to practice the religion of his or her choice, or no religion. Building a mosque and community center at the site of that attack shows that we won. Joan SteinbergScarborough   Visit Harraseeket Lunch […]

  • Published
    August 21, 2010

    Letters to the editor:Medicare, Medicaid pose a challenge

    On the surface, Maine’s Medicare and Medicaid achievements outlined in a Maine Voices column as keeping seniors healthy and making sure children and families have access to health care are nearly impossible to criticize (“Votes for Medicare, Medicaid funding will aid many Mainers,” Aug. 7). It is only when the mounting costs of these programs, […]

  • Published
    August 20, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Aug. 20, 2010Votes pro and con on non-citizen voting

    Maine’s League of Young Voters is to be praised for taking an important and public step in the right direction of fully integrating legal immigrants into the Portland community. We are a nation of immigrants, and this is as true in Maine as it is in the rest of the country. Legal immigrants pay the […]

  • Published
    August 19, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Aug. 19, 2010Senate’s a joke, get rid of it

    With all this talk about repealing constitutional amendments, perhaps it’s time to consider doing away with the U.S. Senate. It’s certainly far from being the deliberative body envisioned by the Founding Fathers, particularly when the mantra of one side of the aisle is Groucho Marx’s song, “Whatever It Is I’m Against It.” The institution has […]

  • Published
    August 19, 2010

    More letters to the editor, Aug. 19, 2010Waterfront issues bungled by city

    The issue with Pierce Atwood versus the plight of One Monument Square’s owners has nothing to do with what the city did or didn’t do. Rather, if viewed in the framework of how Portland operates, the City Council — that unfortunate arm of government that has stifled and bungled any smart growth in the city […]

  • Published
    August 18, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Aug. 18, 2010Oil spill and other Gulf disasters

    Reports from the Gulf of Mexico tell us that the oil-spouting BP well has finally been sealed, and that the devastating impacts of the massive oil spill on beaches, wildlife habitats, and marine ecosystem are gradually abating. However, there is a more clear and present danger lurking in the Gulf, yet there are no immediate […]

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