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    November 2, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Nov. 2, 2011Occupy protest has friends, detractors

    My compliments to M.D. Harmon for the restraint he displayed in his double-barrel assault on the Occupy Wall Street movement. His Oct. 28 column fails to label the Occupy movement as “Hippies,” “Commies,” “Drum Beaters,” “Anarchists” or “Marxists.” I imagine he’s saving those for future screeds. Wouldn’t be prudent to blow all your cliches in […]

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    November 1, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Nov. 1, 2011Slots won’t pay off for Maine

    One of the most catastrophic recent economic events was Bernie Madoff’s dastardly scheme, which deceived and destroyed so many people. And what did the media label Mr. Madoff’s scam? “Casino Capitalism!” Capitalism (like democracy) can be corrupted by greed and immorality. Can you think of a more damning or appropriate moniker for capitalism gone wrong […]

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    October 31, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Oct. 31, 2011New rules to hurt recovery community

    As our endless adjustment to a new “reality” continues, the pending loss of beds at Serenity House due to Medicaid regulation is particularly disturbing. Organizations such as Serenity House, Milestone and the St. Francis Recovery Center provide a doorway back to society for those who have wandered. With prescription drug abuse growing and opportunity shrinking, […]

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    October 30, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Oct. 30, 2011Federal toxic product law needed

    As a young woman and student of public health, I chose to concentrate in maternal and child health because of my desire to improve the health and well-being of women, families and communities. I was shocked to learn about the health risks that women my age are exposed to by toxic chemicals in consumer products. […]

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    October 29, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Oct. 29, 2011Goings-on bother former city resident

    I grew up in Portland on Munjoy Hill and have great memories — of Deering Oaks, Lincoln Park and the Eastern Prom. I work in Portland and continue to feel a connection with the city. I am baffled by some of the things the City Council is doing. A docking berth for mega ships that […]

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    October 29, 2011

    More letters to the editor, Oct. 29, 2011Readers express choices for elected mayor of Portland

    Let’s start with the fact that Portland is a successful city, with a trophy case full of national awards and one of the lowest unemployment rates in America. After taking the oath of office in January, our new mayor will inherit the job of keeping this momentum going. But he or she can’t do it […]

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    October 28, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Oct. 28, 2011Fireboat accident on their minds

    Portland’s fire chief and the city have acted bizarrely regarding this latest accident involving the fire boat. Everything is vague or secret. It seems like the chief covers for his men, then a city spokeswoman covers for him. The dangers of the current training and evaluation process revealed by these accidents must be addressed immediately. […]

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    October 27, 2011

    More Letters to the Editor, Oct. 27, 2011Slots would save harness racing industry

    On Election Day, the people of Maine have a unique opportunity to support the creation of a world- class resort, racetrack and slots facility in the city of Biddeford by voting yes on Question 2. In this desperate economy, two companies with long histories in Maine, Ocean Properties and Scarborough Downs, have committed to investing […]

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    October 26, 2011
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    Letters to the Editor, Oct. 26, 2011Obama foes hope for change

    “Change is coming to America.” Mr. Obama, your words, your inspiration, but not your legacy! Were those just scripted notes to get elected? Mr. Obama, you took an oath to lead. Instead, you followed. It is not too late to challenge America to pay attention to the people of this great country. Forget the re-election […]

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    October 25, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Oct. 25, 2011Religions differ on same-sex marriage

    I officiated at a wedding in our church recently. The couple was beaming and the guests were excited as the two exchanged vows of fidelity “for as long as you both shall live.” I offered the blessing of Christ’s church as I’ve done for hundreds of couples over 40 years of ministry — 22 as […]