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    June 2, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, June 2, 2011Too much negativity about D.C.

    There was another letter in The Press Herald recently calling the federal government “the enemy.” I hear this almost daily. I am concerned about the negativity that this represents. Negativity is a toxic energy. Keep it out of your family. The people who hate the federal government aren’t investigative reporters. So they haven’t formed their […]

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    June 1, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, June 1, 2011How is LePage doing? Views differ

    I have read many attacks on the good hard work that our new governor and Legislature are doing in Augusta from readers and the opinion columns of this newspaper. We should not forget that our leaders were elected by the people of the great state of Maine to represent our views and promote an agenda […]

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    May 31, 2011

    Letters to the editor, May 31, 2011Trade pacts reverse Obama promise

    President Obama’s recent decision to move forward with three proposed free trade agreements negotiated by President Bush represents a disappointing reversal of promises he made during the 2008 presidential campaign. NAFTA-style free trade agreements with Korea, Panama and Colombia threaten to continue the devastation of our manufacturing sector here in Maine and throughout the United […]

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    May 30, 2011

    Letters to the editor, May 30, 2011Still questions about charter schools

    I read with interest the charter schools story, “Backers see options, foes predict problems” (May 13). Backers and foes can both be right. When you look at the performance of charter schools, you don’t see any significant improvements in student learning. And let’s always keep “student learning” in sight. If charter schools have anything other […]

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    May 29, 2011

    Letters to the editor, May 29, 2011Speed vs. mileage: Take your pick

    So Augusta is debating to allow folk from The County to drive 75 mph to Old Town instead of 65. Some are complaining that we will be eating up more gas and crippling the world economy. So I thought I would take my lunch break to look at those numbers. I used the two most […]

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    May 28, 2011

    More letters to the editor, May 28, 2011Hike texting fines to make them hurt

    I applaud the state for acting on the texting-while-driving issue. Unfortunately, we need laws to address common-sense issues. If people did use their common sense, we would have less legislation and thus less intrusion in our daily lives. I think the fines should be more stringent than they are written, which was $100 for a […]

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    May 28, 2011

    Letters to the editor, May 28, 2011Maine-N.H. difference? Massachusetts

    An Associated Press story on Page 1 May 23, titled “New Hampshire envy wins a seat in Augusta,” demonstrates that Maine officials need to look a little deeper when they compare household incomes in the two states. The story said: “New Hampshire residents earn about $7,000 more on average than their neighbors in Maine, which […]

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    May 27, 2011

    Letters to the editor, May 27, 2011Photo makes a reader’s day

    What a joy it was to see the front-page picture in Saturday’s Press Herald of Cassie Guy and Katelyn Roberts reacting to a horseshoe crab’s unexpected movement. Their inquisitive nature, a delightful childhood trait, was obviously interrupted by the simple motion of the crab’s tail, as revealed by their incredulous expressions. The innocence of childhood […]

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    May 26, 2011

    Letters to the editor, May 26, 2011:High prices hammer on Mainers

    Reading the headlines and editorials in The Portland Press Herald brings to mind issues which have remained unresolved for decades. The one which I wish to contend with presently is fuel prices. I’ve listen to all the excuses that I could possible stand for the gouging which is presently being done to the American people. […]

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    May 26, 2011

    More letters to the editor, May 26, 2011: Health insurance changes debated

    L.D. 1333 is a disaster. The new health insurance law will cause premiums to go up, divide public and private workers and allow health insurance companies to bypass Maine law. Section B-6 of the law exempts state employees from the $4 monthly tax. The Legislature and its members have passed a law exempting it from […]

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