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    April 2, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Gov. LePage’s fight against drugs also requires more court staff

    This is a response to Gov. LePage calling for stronger laws, judges and police to combat drug abuse (“Gov. LePage’s drug fight puts focus on hunting down dealers,” March 11). It is a great thing to do that, but he overlooked one important part of the law: adding more court clerks and staff to all […]

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    April 2, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Revenue-sharing process deprives voters of agency

    When will voters have enough of the self-delusion involved in governmental revenue sharing? We pay our taxes to the federal government. Then we petition the “feds” to give some of it back. They do this after deducting their bloated costs of administering and monitoring the various grants and subsidies. There are usually strings attached to […]

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    April 2, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Portland delegation’s sister-city trip dismissive of Russian oppression

    I read the March 28 front-page article “Russia’s an outcast, but Portland group’s trip to sister city still on” in utter amazement. What part of “making a political statement” does the delegation to Archangel not understand? Had they watched “The Rape of Europa,” shown at the Portland Museum on March 29, and seen old videos […]

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    April 2, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Portland delegation doing needed outreach in Archangel, Russia

    I applaud the trip by Portland’s sister city delegation to Archangel, Russia (“Russia’s an outcast, but Portland group’s trip to sister city still on,” March 28). We need more people-to-people diplomacy in this world, unfettered by the posturing of politicians, whether from the United States or Russia. Pushing countries into a corner and isolating them […]

  • Published
    April 1, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Axing American and New England Studies would remove big player from cultural scene

    Elimination of the American and New England Studies program at the University of Southern Maine will have a huge negative impact on Maine cultural resources and institutions. This program has provided advanced training for many who now serve as key staff members and leaders of essential Maine cultural and heritage organizations, and as talented teachers […]

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  • Published
    April 1, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Repeal of Maine legislative term limits urged

    At the League of Women Voters of Maine, we were pleased to learn that Gov. LePage would like to repeal legislative term limits (“LePage calls for ending term limits for Maine legislators,” March 20). We have always been opposed to them because they are unnecessary. Legislators have never been entitled to retain their seats indefinitely. […]

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    April 1, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Ride broker’s inefficiency merits outrage, not reward

    Where is the outrage over the ride broker (“Maine pays extra $1.2 million to troubled broker of rides for poor,” March 19)? I have time to sit and type this, as I am part of the governor’s improving economy and was recently laid off. Thanks for the business-friendly atmosphere! If we were all as effective […]

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    April 1, 2014

    Letter to the editor: Welding program at SMCC key to preparing skilled workers

    It has recently come to my attention that the welding program at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland will be almost completely eliminated. The reason given is that there are not enough students getting welding certificates or actually graduating from the welding program. Many of those students are not completing their welding degrees, because […]

  • Published
    March 31, 2014

    Letter to the editor: USM needs a financial and intellectual bridge to the future

    Greg Kesich’s column about USM (“If it’s going to have a shot, USM has to be integral to community,” March 26) was a balanced and reasonable view of the current and long-term troubles at the University of Southern Maine. As a faculty member there, I’ve been deeply saddened by events, such as layoffs of excellent […]

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    March 31, 2014

    Letter to the editor: USM does contribute to the community

    With all due respect to Greg Kesich’s comments (“If it’s going to have a shot, USM has to be integral to community,” March 26) regarding USM’s need to interact more with nonprofits, small businesses, etc., in the Portland area in order to become “integral to the community”: He doesn’t have a clue. He and University […]