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  • Published
    March 10, 2013

    Letters to the editor: Public-sector retirees scapegoated

    On Page 1 of the Maine Sunday Telegram (“As double-dipping grows, so does scrutiny of state pensions,” March 3) was a story about retirees from the state and school districts receiving both state retirement and a tax-supported paycheck. This story seemed somewhat biased in its subtle implication that once retired — for example, as a […]

  • Published
    March 9, 2013
    Neil Heslin

    Letters to the editor: Lawmakers must stand up for gun control

    We were shocked when Congress allowed the 1994 ban on assault weapons to expire 10 years later. It seemed that our representatives were immune to the killings and mass killings that we saw in the news. The killing continued, and finally the Newtown, Conn., massacre has brought many people to their senses — even many […]

  • Published
    March 8, 2013
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    Letters to the editor: Catholic schools strive to welcome all

    Cheverus and Catherine McAuley high schools seem to be a thorn in the side of some of our good Irish folks (Elizabeth Flaherty and Coleman P. Gorham) as they write to the editor of the Portland Press Herald. Mr. Gorham, in his letter of Feb. 25 (“Catholic high schools focus on gifted at others’ expense“), […]

  • Published
    March 7, 2013

    Letters to the editor, March 7, 2013Pentagon budget needs judicious cuts

    I am writing to protest the bloated Pentagon budget. Congress has a simple choice. It can continue to waste money on unnecessary Pentagon goodies, or it can invest in what really matters: education, the environment, jobs and the economy. Currently, the Pentagon spends $718 billion a year, not including veterans’ benefits. This exceeds the peak […]

  • Published
    March 6, 2013
    Antonin Scalia

    Letters to the editorLess visible now, racism still hurts many

    A Feb. 27 Associated Press piece quotes a lawsuit against the Voting Rights Act brought by Shelby County, Ala., which says that the ” ‘dire local conditions’ that once justified strict federal oversight of elections no longer exist.” This is representative of a widely held belief that we live in a “post-racial society.” Justice Antonin […]

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  • Published
    March 5, 2013
    Paul LePage

    Letters to the Editor: LePage taking right steps to repay debt

    Due to the easing of enrollment, MaineCare grew from 180,000 to 339,000 enrollees since 2001. As a result, Gov. Baldacci left a $500 million hospital debt that dates back to 2009, a debt the state of Maine agreed to pay but has not. LePage and the 125th Legislature changed this to a pay-as-you-go system, so, […]

  • Published
    March 4, 2013

    Letters to the editor: Zumba case usurps prosecutors’ resources

    A reader says the time and money being spent prosecuting the Kennebunk prostitution case is excessive.

  • Published
    March 3, 2013
    Marijuana

    Letters to the editor: Don’t rush to make pot legal

    Maine doesn't have the information needed to decide on legalizing recreational pot use, a reader says.

  • Published
    March 2, 2013

    Letters to the editor: Tar sands oil poses serious risks

    As a citizen and partner in a small business, I care very much about our exposures to risk of all kinds. Some risks, I’m finding, are unknown by intent, and tar sands oil is an example. Did you know that the 2010 Kalamazoo River spill is the most expensive on-shore spill in U.S. history? If […]

  • Published
    March 1, 2013

    Letters to the editor: Working people deserve living wage

    In the front-page article of Feb. 15, “Maine critics say minimum wage plan has risks,” Colleen Callahan, manager of Kamasouptra in Portland, disagrees: “I think (the minimum wage) should be $12 an hour. You can’t do anything on minimum wage.” Bravo, Colleen. You’ve got it right. The idea that an adult working full time in Maine — […]