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    September 9, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Sept. 9, 2011We need better anti-poverty policies

    We need better anti-poverty policies Thanks to columnist Greg Keisch, who uttered the unutterable word in politics today, poverty (“Poverty in Portland should be top issue in mayorality campaign,” Aug. 31). Unfortunately, Kesich, much like most American politicians, tends to become very vague when he and they speak about poverty. However, we do know some […]

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    September 8, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 8, 2011: In defense of the bullied potato

    A Sept. 6 Maine Voices column, “Snowe, Collins standing in the way of better nutrition in schools,” made a number of specious arguments in favor of a U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal to limit or eliminate some vegetables, like the white potato, from the public school lunch and breakfast programs. We oppose this proposal because […]

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    September 7, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Sept, 7, 2011Presidential speech timing negotiable

    Your editorial of Sept. 2 on the timing of a presidential address was misguided (“Obama’s jobs speech may involve politics, but its timing shouldn’t”). The president is not an emperor; he cannot decide on his own when the Congress must meet to hear him any more than he can tell the Supreme Court when to […]

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    September 6, 2011

    Letters to the editorWashington, can you hear us now?

    Our politicians are politically incorrect. Do they believe gridlock is a game? Do they enact laws that they are not governed by? Are our representatives only concerned about the next sound bite for their upcoming elections? Do they live their lives knowing that their retirement and medical care will always be safe and secure? Are […]

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    September 5, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 5, 2011The science behind Smart Meters

    Am I missing something in all this Smart Meter brouhaha? When I got my notice from Central Maine Power, I did some research to see whether to opt out, having recalled stories in the news about possible health dangers. I found studies requested by public utilities commissions here, in California and other places where the […]

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    September 3, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 3, 2011Cruel to let deer be shot with arrows

    The recent approval of extending bow-hunting to Marsh Island in Old Town and Orono for the upcoming archery season beginning Sept. 10 is disturbing. It is particularly egregious that a previously designated wildlife sanctuary could be undermined in this way. I do not live in the Marsh Island area, which contains University of Maine land […]

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    September 2, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 2, 2011Pay attention to kids’ well-being

    I was pleased to see your article discussing McDonald’s recent health-conscious changes to its beloved Happy Meals. However, I fear that many are giving too much credit to the corporation for what is in truth a weak move in the face of a bigger problem — the aggressive marketing of junk food to children. Certainly, […]

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    September 1, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 1, 2011Both parties to blame for problems

    I’m astonished that we believe in this artificial, cynical left-right political paradigm. Common sense evades us. People say it’s either the Republicans’ or the Democrats’ fault, but not the other one’s. This is awesome naivete. First, there are no excuses. In the span of a mere decade we have seen majority political rule by each […]

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    August 31, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Aug. 31, 2011Admiral: Coast Guard spends sensibly

    The Portland Press Herald published an article, “Coast Guard strains to update aging fleet,” on Aug. 22 that asserted that after $7 billion-plus spent, the Coast Guard only bought two ships. That’s inaccurate. What did the public’s $7 billion investment buy over the past 10 years? In addition to two highly capable 418-foot National Security […]

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    August 30, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Aug. 30, 2011Easy access to guns a public safety issue

    Let’s be clear and factual. No one has the absolute right to own or carry a gun. While NRA extremists would lead us to believe that the Second Amendment gives us that right, gun ownership and use is regulated, as it should be. The real debate is how strictly guns should be regulated to protect […]