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    October 8, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Oct. 8, 2011Build more casinos? Readers differ

    I’m writing in response to the Sept. 24 letter by Bruce Sanford, “More racinos? Place your bets.” I’m one of the people he refers to as “stupid” who voted for legalized gambling. I think if Mr. Sanford had done his homework, he would be aware that the casino in Oxford is owned by Maine people, […]

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    October 7, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Oct. 8, 2011Occupy effort falls short, say readers

    The Occupy Wall Street movement reminds me of the tea party movement. Both factions are angry at some faceless “other.” The tea party was angry at “big government.” This presumably does not include the Defense or Homeland Security departments. The Occupy Wall Street faction is angry at “the rich” and “corporations.” This presumably does not […]

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    October 6, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Oct. 6, 2011Discuss Scarborough school Oct. 17

    As chairperson of the Wentworth Intermediate School Building Committee, I feel compelled to write this letter in response to two recent opinion pieces authored by former Town Councilor Jeffrey Messer. The School Board formed the 41-member Building Committee last fall and since its formation, the committee has spent thousands of hours working on this project. […]

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    October 5, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Oct. 5, 2011Same-day registration debate continues

    On Nov. 8, Mainers will have the opportunity, and the privilege, to cast their vote in the 2011 elections. This year, a very important question is on the ballot which will require a “yes” or “no” answer. I urge anyone reading this to please vote “yes.” The issue at hand is Election Day voter registration, […]

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    October 4, 2011

    Letters to the Editor Oct. 4, 2011Protect the Clean Air Act

    I’m writing to ask Maine citizens to please contact our members of Congress and give them the message that Mainers want to keep the Clean Air Act strong. My sister is asthmatic and has severe allergies. For most of us, we wake up and start our day without much thought to the air we are […]

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    October 3, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Oct. 3, 2011Hymn-sing shows organ’s value

    Kudos to Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO) and the Portland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) for demonstrating the ongoing current popularity of a genre of music that is fading in my own church: the traditional hymn sing! Merrill Auditorium appeared to be filled to overflowing as I tried to find handicapped […]

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    October 1, 2011
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    Letters to the Editor, Oct. 1, 2011Focus on effective job creation

    As the production manager at Haven’s Candies, I know all too well how the slow economy has affected jobs. It’s discouraging that in August our nation produced no new net jobs and the national unemployment rate remains at over 9 percent. Businesses are reluctant to hire new employees in this economy because of the many […]

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    October 1, 2011

    More Letters to the Editor, Oct. 1, 2011Mayoral race favorites noted

    The best man for the job may be a woman. In Portland, the best candidate is Jill Duson. Jill knows Portland, loves Portland and has worked tirelessly for Portland in a myriad of ways. Elected four times to represent residents from all parts of the city, and twice as honorary mayor, she has also served […]

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    September 30, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 30, 2011How to vote on voting?

    With limits and restrictions on voter rights comes the demise of true democracy. Our state has already seen the inauguration of a governor who captured vastly less than a majority vote and has systematically pushed an agenda which exclusively benefits corporate interests rather than the good of the many. While Maine’s majority is under-, un- […]

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    September 29, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 29, 2011Shooting bear unnecessary, cruel

    In the recent event of the shooting of a black bear in Portland (“Bear killed in city,” Sept. 24), I am upset at how the situation was handled. Isn’t the job of the Maine Warden Service to protect wildlife and not destroy it? Why does the warden service not carry a non-lethal means of capturing […]