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  • Published
    June 25, 2011

    Letters to the editor, June 25, 2011Consolidation hurts Maine fishermen

    According to a recent report by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, our New England fishing fleet is consolidating in one direction: away from the small-scale fishery and toward the large-scale industrialized fishery. Consolidation does not reduce the amount of fish caught, but will change the face of who does the fishing. At present, little to […]

  • Published
    June 25, 2011

    More letters to the editor, June 25, 2011Could recent slayings have been prevented?

    In “Are we asking the right questions?” (June 19), reporter David Hench examined the various preventive measures that might have averted the tragic pair of recent murder-suicides. He convincingly pointed to the advantages of improved lethality assessments, bail enforcement, protection order enforcement, victim support organizations and controlled access to guns. These are essential in curtailing […]

  • Published
    June 24, 2011
    GLORIA HOFFMAN

    Letters to the editor, June 24, 2011What’s the future of Social Security?

    Congress thinks we need to cut Social Security benefits to drop the national debt, and plans on doing so. This was on CNN news June 17. How about we cut aid to foreign countries, and the president’s travel expenses, and all the other wasted spending before we put 50 million seniors in their kids’ homes, […]

  • Published
    June 23, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, June 23, 2011Climate varies on natural cycles

    I am rather appalled when I read nonsense such as that written on June 18 by Beth Nagusky, Maine office director of Environment Northeast. Her position should provide her the opportunity to understand that climate change and weather occurs in “natural cycles.” Her remarks suggesting recent floods across the Mississippi River Basin were being caused […]

  • Published
    June 22, 2011
    Barack Obama

    Letters to the editor, June 22, 2011GOP has little hope of beating Obama

    If I were a Republican, I would be looking towards 2016 for my candidate to get elected president, as 2012 is clearly out of the picture. Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and the rest of the GOP continually slam President Obama for his “socialist agenda” oblivious to the fact that the majority of Americans […]

  • Published
    June 21, 2011
    MERKEL

    Letters to the editor, June 21, 2011Alternate energy solution for Maine

    In 1999, Germany committed to the largest renewable energy investment in the world, creating what is today the juggernaut of European Union economies. Hundreds of thousands of manufacturing and installation jobs have resulted from the government’s bold sustainability measures, and more than 25 percent of the country’s total energy supply comes from renewable energy. A […]

  • Published
    June 20, 2011

    Letters to the editor, June 20, 2011Fiscal policies still stir dissent

    I am deeply troubled by the rhetoric about the national, state and local governmental deficits. There is a lot of sentiment that points to the problem being caused by the rich, whoever they are, and being the responsibility of the rich, whoever they are, to solve. First, we could take all the income of the […]

  • Published
    June 19, 2011

    Letters to the editor, June 19, 2011Executions mar Perry’s record

    I was interested to read Publisher Richard L. Connor’s June 5 column regarding Gov. Rick Perry of Texas (“Texas’ Perry might surprise Obama in 2012”). In Mr. Connor’s anecdotal and innocent reminiscences throughout his light character sketch of Gov. Perry, he left out 229 important facts. During Perry’s administration, 229 people have been executed under […]

  • Published
    June 18, 2011

    More letters to the editor, June 18, 2011Find ways to save seniors’ programs

    As a retiree and a member of AARP, I am writing in defense of Maine’s seniors who are now threatened by Congress in its attempt to resolve the debt ceiling crisis. There are proposals being considered by Congress that would make harmful cuts to Medicare and Social Security as part of a deal to raise […]

  • Published
    June 18, 2011

    Letters to the editor, June 18, 2011Wise to ban Election Day registration?

    Maine has a great legacy of voter turnout, including having the highest turnout rates in the 2010 election. Maine voters have enjoyed the opportunity to register to vote on Election Day for 38 years. Turnout rates are 10-12 percentage points higher than the national average in states with same day registration. The fact is that […]

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