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    September 15, 2011

    More letters to the editor, Sept. 15, 2011Have states appoint senators? Why go backward?

    The 17th Amendment to the Constitution says, “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two senators from each state, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each senator shall have one vote. “ Ted Sirois of Saco, who in a letter to this newspaper on Sept. 6 advocates this amendment’s […]

  • Published
    September 14, 2011
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    Letters to the Editor, Sept. 14, 2011What policies create prosperity?

    On Sept. 6, the Press Herald carried a front-page article, “Looking out for the working class: Maine unions rally to preserve rights,” in which a labor leader was quoted as saying, “The interests of business are about profits, and they are clearly in opposition to the interests of working people.” There seems to be an […]

  • Published
    September 12, 2011

    Letters to the editor:Preschool far too expensive

    If our public schools can't prepare students for military service or employment in 13 years of education, why would we think that another year in the system would make a significant difference?

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    September 12, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Sept. 13, 2011Portland’s founder belongs downtown

    OK, so it’s time now to recall George Cleeve, one of the founders of Portland, from his banishment and restore him to his rightful place in the historic district of Portland. As you all remember, the gift of his statue was turned down by the City Council and the Art Committee a few years back […]

  • Published
    September 10, 2011

    Letters to the Editor Sept. 10, 2011Budgets, spending and entitlements

    Portland seniors on a fixed income need to prepare. While retired seniors without cost-of-living-allowance (COLA) increases for two years have been cutting to the bone to survive, a new balloon is being raised in Washington to say that we must take a hit on entitlements to save our very young. Was it our decision to […]

  • Published
    September 9, 2011

    Letters to the Editor Sept. 11, 2011Honor firefighters today

    On Sept. 11, 2001 many men and women risked and lost their lives to help those trapped by the attacks on the World Trade Center. This year, police officers, firefighters and EMTs are not invited to the opening of the new 9/11 memorial because “there is no more room.” Ten years ago, they were not […]

  • Published
    September 9, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Sept. 9, 2011We need better anti-poverty policies

    We need better anti-poverty policies Thanks to columnist Greg Keisch, who uttered the unutterable word in politics today, poverty (“Poverty in Portland should be top issue in mayorality campaign,” Aug. 31). Unfortunately, Kesich, much like most American politicians, tends to become very vague when he and they speak about poverty. However, we do know some […]

  • Published
    September 8, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 8, 2011: In defense of the bullied potato

    A Sept. 6 Maine Voices column, “Snowe, Collins standing in the way of better nutrition in schools,” made a number of specious arguments in favor of a U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal to limit or eliminate some vegetables, like the white potato, from the public school lunch and breakfast programs. We oppose this proposal because […]

  • Published
    September 7, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Sept, 7, 2011Presidential speech timing negotiable

    Your editorial of Sept. 2 on the timing of a presidential address was misguided (“Obama’s jobs speech may involve politics, but its timing shouldn’t”). The president is not an emperor; he cannot decide on his own when the Congress must meet to hear him any more than he can tell the Supreme Court when to […]

  • Published
    September 6, 2011

    Letters to the editorWashington, can you hear us now?

    Our politicians are politically incorrect. Do they believe gridlock is a game? Do they enact laws that they are not governed by? Are our representatives only concerned about the next sound bite for their upcoming elections? Do they live their lives knowing that their retirement and medical care will always be safe and secure? Are […]

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