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    May 18, 2011

    Letters to the editor, May 18, 2011Government needs more restraint

    I’m tired of listening to President Obama tell us we need to pay more taxes. Many people here in Maine already pay 50 percent of their income in federal, state, local, sales taxes and fees. Is 50 percent not enough? I’m tired of finding out ways our government is using our tax money in other […]

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    May 17, 2011

    Letters to the editor, May 17, 2011Crack down hard on texting drivers

    I have been following with growing interest and alarm the news about drivers either talking on their cellphones while behind the wheel or, even worse, texting. If someone had told me even a decade ago what a serious problem this behavior would become, I would have been doubtful, thinking that people have too much common […]

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    May 16, 2011

    Letters to the editor, May 16, 2011Voting bills roadblock to democracy

    I’m proud to live in a state where the current voting laws encourage voter turnout. That’s why I’m dismayed when bills such as L.D. 1376 and L.D. 199, which will restrict Mainers’ voting rights, are introduced in Augusta. Citizens should be alarmed when we see threats to our democracy. With last week’s special elections in […]

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    May 15, 2011

    Letters to the editor, May 15, 2011: Wind power vs. wilderness

    I recently received a letter from Lester Kenway, the president of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, urging me to donate to MATC to help cover the legal fees that it is incurring in its opposition to the Highland Wind Project in Roxbury. I am a member of MATC because I worked for the Maine Conservation […]

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    May 14, 2011
    Paul LePage

    Letters to the editor. May 14, 2011: Gov. LePage and the way life should be

    We read the poll results without surprise, but with regret. It appears that in Gov. LePage we are presented with a nature, seemingly grounded in impatience and willfulness, that leads to crude judgments devoid of forethought and careful mindfulness. We are saddened by the flawed measures taken thus far that have served to dishonor many […]

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    May 14, 2011

    More letters to the editor, May 14, 2011: Justice, proof and the demise of bin Laden

    Listening to the comments made in the aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden, I find it utterly disturbing how the term “justice” is confused with vengeance. It is deplorable that President Obama equated the shoot-to-kill mission he authorized with “justice being done.” Calling this act of brute retaliation justice is tantamount to abandoning […]

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    May 13, 2011

    Letters to the editor, May 13, 2011The cost and merits of L.D. 1333

    By all accounts, L.D. 1333, a bill revamping the health insurance laws in Maine — with the ink still wet and text barely read — was rushed to a floor vote without the impact of the legislation adequately verified by independent parties or the usual and customary open forum for public input that Maine citizens […]

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    May 12, 2011

    More letters to the editor, May 12, 2011Small businesses need help with regulations

    At a time when small businesses are struggling, I applaud Sen. Olympia Snowe for her efforts to provide more transparency and openness in the regulatory process for small business by demanding the Senate simply have a vote on common-sense reforms. Regulations can have a crushing effect on my business, and it’s time someone in Washington […]

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    May 12, 2011

    Letters to the editor, May 12, 2011Self-esteem comes from achievement

    Apparently Hyde School founder Joseph E. Gauld (“Schools should instill dignity and confidence in students,” April 30) wants to continue the “dumbing down” of America’s students by giving two grades to evaluate students’ performance. One grade would be the traditional one for academic achievement, while the other would be for a student’s “effort.” Just what […]

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    May 11, 2011

    Letters to the editor, May 11, 2011Many missteps in bin Laden operation

    Geronimo was a great leader of his tribe. He does not need to be connected to Osama bin Laden by becoming a code word for him. Geronimo fought back because his land was stolen and the Apache villages wiped out. I have to stand up when I hear things like that and Native American names […]

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