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  • Published
    April 7, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Editorial’s criticism of election ruling overlooked some points

    Regarding your criticism of the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (“Our View: Maine’s pragmatic tradition hurt by election ruling,” April 4): You make the point that “… this ruling is only concerned with the speech of a few people” and that it will require a constitutional amendment to “fix the damage […]

  • Published
    April 7, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Shot clock rule long overdue in Maine high school hoops

    During the excitement of March Madness, I was reminded that a rule change needs to be made in Maine high school basketball. The shot clock rule is long overdue. For decades we have watched as teams during the final minutes of a game have stalled the play. This has been very frustrating to the team […]

  • Published
    April 7, 2014

    Letter to the editor: From any angle, Medicaid expansion a good deal for Maine

    Republican legislators’ fears about Medicaid expansion, particularly the version now awaiting the governor’s likely veto, make no sense. I’m a numbers geek, and the numbers reported on the current proposal are: three years bringing in a million dollars a day – more than $1 billion – for a total cost to Maine taxpayers of less […]

  • Published
    April 6, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Tap Maine wildlife lands to make LePage logging-revenue plan work

    Gov. LePage’s plan to cut trees for firewood and wood pellet production is long overdue (“LePage: More logging of state forests will increase revenues,” March 19). However, instead of targeting state forests and public reserve lands (where everyone is in love with trees and doesn’t want any of them cut), I would urge him to […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]