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  • Published
    April 6, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Maine should back efforts
 to cut carbon emissions

    It cannot be denied that climate change is quickly affecting the features that comprise our beautiful state. Of particular interest to my fellow Bowdoin students is the fact that the past decade has been the warmest ever recorded in Maine, a direct result of greenhouse gas emissions. This extra heat is being absorbed by the […]

  • Published
    April 6, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Wells High School must dump its offensive team mascot

    In reference to Ed Rice’s March 30, Maine Voices column, “Wells High School Indian mascot a sign of disrespect”: I remember Sanford’s change of mascot choice for their school as a result of the symposium of May 2010. I remember it because my daughter, then a junior at WHS, discussed it with me. Sadly, as […]

  • Published
    April 6, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Mascot is a silly reason to criticize Wells High

    A column in the March 30 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram, “Wells High School Indian mascot a sign of disrespect,” has proven to be highly offensive. This school should not be penalized and publicly called out on a simple caricature. It is outrageous that the character of the school is being based upon that […]

  • Published
    April 6, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Town councilors not obligated
 to recite the Pledge of Allegiance

    Re: “Bill Nemitz: Patriots who sit out the Pledge of Allegiance know where they stand” (March 30): Tom Brann and William Shakespeare of Hampden are to be commended for choosing not to join their fellow town councilors in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. It is surprising the way the pledge and its object of reverence, […]

  • Published
    April 6, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Kudos to paper’s coverage of Maine high school jazz festival

    Thank you for the wonderful article in the Sunday Telegram on the Maine State High School Instrumental Jazz Festival (“Maine high school jazz bands feel the beat and the competitive heat,” March 16). So often the fine and performing arts students are not given the recognition they deserve. The hard work and long hours of […]

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  • Published
    April 5, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Skilled workforce starts with schools

    While it is encouraging that the majority of our elementary school students are proficient in reading and math, we still have more work to do to ensure all our students are ready for college and career. We need to improve our education system in order to provide Maine’s businesses with a highly skilled workforce for […]

  • Published
    April 5, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Gov. LePage’s ‘tough love’ proposal is degrading

    Re: “LePage rolls out proposals for ‘tough love’ on welfare” (March 24): “Tough love”? Really?! How insulting, degrading, self-righteous and pompous can Gov. LePage get? Take the example of a woman who has just lost her MaineCare benefits – thanks to Gov. LePage – but still has her rent or mortgage payment; lights; maybe college […]

  • Published
    April 5, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Don’t cut American and New England Studies at USM

    As one who has worked with the faculty, students and alumni of the University of Southern Maine’s American and New England Studies program for more than 25 years, I want to add my voice to those who are calling for its retention. During my lifetime, I have witnessed the renaissance of Portland as a major […]

  • Published
    April 5, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Mixed messages on welfare spending, charter schools

    Lately, all we’ve heard in the news from the LePage administration is the need for welfare reform because recipients are spending money out of state. Has anyone noticed that this same administration is promoting virtual charter schools that will be taking public tax dollars for tuition and sending this money to a for-profit corporation out […]

  • Published
    April 4, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Snow-shoveling volunteers deserve a hearty ‘thank you’

    I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely and heartily thank each and every person who shoveled snow for all the elderly folks, ages 65 and over, all over the city of Portland in the winter of 2013-2014. This was a particularly bad winter for storms of all sorts. And all the shovelers deserve […]