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    January 8, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Jan. 8, 2011Good Samaritans abound in Portland

    One recent evening around 5 p.m., I was walking down Preble Street to my parking garage on Cumberland Avenue to head home for the holiday weekend. It’s a walk I have done thousands of times since moving our offices to Monument Square in 1999. As I approached the corner of Preble and Cumberland, I stepped […]

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    January 7, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Jan. 7, 2011Right decision in Verrill Dana case

    I was so pleased to read of Justice Donald Alexander’s decision that six Verrill Dana lawyers had not breached any ethical rules in the Duncan matter. Over the years, I have come to know and greatly admire the firm and its members, and I was heartened that the judge’s decision confirmed my view of them. […]

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    January 7, 2011

    More letters to the editor, Jan. 7, 2011There are no ‘death panels’ in Obamacare

    A column by Cal Thomas in the Dec. 30 Portland Press Herald must be answered, as his facts are wrong, his language inflammatory, and he gives evidence of having absolutely no idea of what the recent rule announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) represents (“Death counseling back in Obamacare”). He also […]

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    January 6, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Jan. 6, 2011Dirigo insurance shouldn’t be ended

    As the Christmas season ends and the new year begins, I am deeply grateful for many things, not least the early diagnosis and excellent treatment I received for breast cancer in 2010. I’m thankful for my employer-provided insurance — Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, through DirigoChoice. Dirigo’s excellent preventative care and prescription coverage, plus hospital and […]

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    January 5, 2011
    Benjamin Olivarez

    Letters to the editor, Jan. 5, 2011Too much wasted on military

    The front pages of The Portland Press Herald properly feature local news items that are of central interest to us all. But we must turn to the inner pages of the newspaper to be aware that our nation is still at war. We are in the ninth year of fighting in two countries at a […]

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    January 4, 2011
    Paul LePage, Sawin Millett

    Letters to the editor, Jan. 4, 2011Some advice for a new governor

    Having served as co-director of Gov. Angus King’s transition team with primary responsibility for making recommendations to Gov.-elect Paul LePage for hiring senior staff members and the Cabinet, there are a few principles you may wish to consider: 1. Once you take office, be careful what you say. It has a way of becoming state […]

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    January 3, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Jan. 3, 2011People with jobs will also have food

    The 5-year-old looked up at his mother and said, “Mommy, I’m hungry.” “No, dear,” she replied, “you are obviously unable to read the newspaper or you would understand that you are suffering from ‘food insecurity.’ “ “What’s that?” he asked. “Well,” she began, “that is when you think you want food but you are not sure […]

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    January 2, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Jan. 2, 2011’Cost shifting’ hurts the insured

    Who pays for health care? A federal district court judge in Virginia has ruled the new federal health care law’s individual insurance mandate unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court will eventually decide that issue. However, nonprofit hospitals (all Maine hospitals) are still required to provide care, regardless of ability to pay. So who pays? Who pays […]

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    January 1, 2011

    Letters to the editor: When electricity fails, seniors need help

    A suggestion for seniors: Having “weathered” 40 hours without heat and light last January, and 80 hours without it in December 2008, it is a good idea to advise people, seniors especially. who live in all-electric buildings that should power be out for an extended period of time, they should call local police to find […]

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    December 31, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Dec. 31, 2010Tales of season’s first snow

    It wasn’t supposed to happen. At least it hadn’t been forecast. But suddenly, there it was. About 3:30 in the afternoon of Dec. 20, it started. Large flakes blanketing the sky, rapidly covering everything. By rush hour, it was a disaster, with 200 cars off the road in Scarborough alone. Three police cars and a […]

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