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    March 11, 2012

    Letters to the editor, March 11, 2012Pellet group praises Collins

    On March 1, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, led the pellet heating industry to an important milestone. In a hearing with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shawn Donovan, Collins pointed up the extraordinary technological advances in pellet central heating and bulk pellet transportation, and the importance of the fuel source to the oil-dependent Northeast. She implored […]

  • Published
    March 10, 2012

    More letters, March 10, 2012: Cuts would take bite out of state oral health services

    Tux Turkel does a good job at describing the reasons for our dental crisis in Maine, but he did not mention one important source of oral disease prevention that is under threat at the State House (“Preventive care slows a costly dental trend,” Feb. 28). The Fund for a Healthy Maine, the tobacco settlement that […]

  • Published
    March 10, 2012

    Letters to the editor, March 10, 2012Mainers need more education options

    The Maine State Charter School Commission has begun its work. The commission has invited public participation at meetings and has come up with ideas to fill “educational gaps” in the public school system or offer specific programming ideas like business education or science, technology, engineering and math education. The charter school movement is based on […]

  • Published
    March 9, 2012
    Rush Limbaugh

    Letters to the editor, March 9, 2012Readers outraged by Rush Limbaugh

    You’d like to think that a guy who presides over nine radio stations could hold his own on a TV show like “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” but I’m not sure Cary Pahigian would fare so well against the 10-year-olds. In trying to think his way through a reason not to kick Rush […]

  • Published
    March 8, 2012

    Letters to the editor, March 8, 2012Resources must be used for public needs

    Brian Hirst’s letter in the paper (“Attacking MEA gets personal,” Feb. 19) has stirred me to write, as I heartily agree that there is “immense benefit to our communities and students to have a mix of skills, interest and abilities represented in the local public school.” Having listened to an interview with Stephen Bowen, Maine’s […]

  • Published
    March 7, 2012

    Letters to the editor, March 7, 2012Sen. Collins’ actions disappoint

    Shame on Sen. Susan Collins! On Thursday morning, I watched in horror as she stood before the U.S. Senate and spoke in favor of an obscene attempt to strip employee health care benefits of any value. Did she even read the Blunt amendment? It never mentions the word “contraception.” The language was so absurdly broad […]

  • Published
    March 6, 2012

    Letters to the editor, March 6, 2012Portland Water District is not City Hall

    In his Feb. 28 letter (“Shipyard sewer dispute brewing a bad impression”), Shipyard supporter Chris Shaw overlooks an important distinction when he confuses the regional water supplier with City Hall. The Portland Water District is an independent entity, separate from the city of Portland, which provides water services to more than 50,000 customers in the […]

  • Published
    March 5, 2012

    Letters to the editor, March 5, 2012Praising Snowe, looking toward future

    On behalf of American Association of University Women Maine, I would like to thank Sen. Olympia Snowe for her years of tireless service to Maine people and to Americans everywhere. Sen. Snowe’s dedication to women’s issues over the years has helped to advance matters important to women and their families. Issues such as women’s health […]

  • Published
    March 4, 2012

    Letters to the editor, March 4, 2012GOP caucuses hit several nerves

    After the Republican straw vote fiasco, why isn’t the Maine GOP or the press reporting who won the delegate votes? The name and number of those elected to the state convention is not published on the GOP website and has yet to be released to the press. The delegate vote was far more important than […]

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    March 3, 2012

    Letters to the editor, March 3, 2012Who deserves Falmouth lake access?

    In response to the article “Falmouth fights more lake access by public,” Feb. 28: I applaud the citizens of Falmouth for standing up to the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife’s strong-arm tactics aimed at appeasing the growing “motorhead” lobby, which wants to access every body of water in our state regardless of the impact […]

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