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    September 28, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 28, 2011Lower taxes equal ‘lost’ revenue? No

    Reading Susan Cover’s article about legislative talks on lowering the state income tax (Sept. 8, “Legislators plot a path to slashing income tax”), it isn’t long before we see the all-too-familiar Augusta whine about lost revenue. Note to Legislature: This in not lost revenue. It isn’t yours in the first place, so it isn’t yours […]

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    September 27, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Sept. 27, 2011Don’t blame dogs, blame owners

    Although I’m not a huge fan of pit bulls, I am a dog lover who would regret the banning of any breed of dog (“More bite for some dog rules?” Sept. 26). The sad fact is that if we ban one breed, other less dangerous breeds will soon be banned because of personal prejudices toward […]

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    September 26, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 26, 2011Portlanders back picks for mayor

    David Marshall? Michael Brennan? Oh, wait, I can vote for both — and more! I heard from all 15 candidates for mayor at the Portland Club on Sept. 6, and took notes, knowing I can rank choices on my ballot. I looked for three things: 1) a combination of experience and accomplishments in public service, […]

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    September 24, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Sept. 25, 2011Crossfire on voting rules

    Correction: A letter from Ron Bilancia on Sept. 25 was corrected to reflect the fact that Gov. Ken Curtis, a Democrat, was in office at the time same-day voter registration was adopted.   Proponents of keeping the ban on Election Day registration continue to insist that people can register before. This is possible for many […]

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    September 24, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Sept., 24, 2011More racinos? Place your bets

    Why is it that Maine seems to be the only state that’s “too good” to accept jobs when they are right in front of our eyes? I’m talking about the proposed racinos for Biddeford and Washington County. The residents of both areas overwhelmingly support the projects, yet they must now put their hopes in the […]

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  • Published
    September 23, 2011
    Jeb Hensarling, Patty Murray, Jon Kyl

    Letters to the Editor, Sept. 23, 2011Taxes, budgets important at all levels

    Regarding “GOP accuses Obama of class warfare,” published on Sept. 19: Before my husband and I had children and we were both working full time, I remember complaining to my Republican father-in-law about what a lot of income tax we owed that year. He very quietly pointed out to me that instead of complaining, I […]

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    September 22, 2011

    More letters to the editor, Sept. 22, 2011Pre-K spending worthwhile

    In response to the Sept. 12 letter by Ralph Dean, who says public preschool is “far too expensive,” I would encourage your readers to consider the impressive return on investment that communities receive from high-quality early care and education. A recent cost-benefit analysis of the Chicago Child-Parent Centers by researchers at the University of Minnesota […]

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    September 22, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 22, 2011Palestinians will never accept Israel

    Your Sept. 15 “Maine Voices” author Henry Precht, who says he has experience in Middle Eastern affairs, blames Israel and its U.S. supporters for the failed resolution of the two-state solution of separate Palestinian and Israeli states. He blames the failure entirely on Israel (and Obama) and ignores the fact that all Israel wants is […]

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    September 21, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Sept. 21, 2011Health care is why Canadians can spend

    The Press Herald’s Sept. 5 piece describing an increase in Canadian spending in Maine was good and timely economic news. Attributing this to advertising and good bilingual skills deserves the credit received, but there is a more important factor here that needs to be emphasized because it is fundamental to our economy. It is the […]

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    September 20, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Sept. 20, 2011Use outsiders to rein in Congress

    When it comes to accountability, the U.S. Congress is totally exempt. The fox is guarding the henhouse. Congressional vacations were traditionally long to accommodate travel by horseback and overland stage to one’s home state and to facilitate communication with constituents. In these times of jetliners, email, Twitter, cellphones and voicemail, television, large staff, not to […]