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    June 5, 2011

    Letters to the editor, June 5, 2011Wider voice for North Woods

    I fully agree with your call on May 26 for the Legislature to consider making changes to the Land Use Regulation Commission rather than focusing on the governor’s campaign pledge to abolish LURC (“Legislature should take more time on LURC’). I wish, however, that you had included some basic facts and figures about the vast […]

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    June 4, 2011

    Letters to the editor, June 4, 2011Augusta’s actions irk readers

    Since 1972 Maine has allowed people to register to vote on Election Day and cast a ballot if they have proof of residency and some form of identification. A bill making its way through the Maine Legislature, L.D. 1376, would prohibit same-day voter registration and eliminate voting rights we have had for almost 40 years! […]

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    June 4, 2011

    More letters to the editor, June 4, 2011Falmouth Town Center draws support from residents

    There is no pool in Question 1 on the June 14 ballot in Falmouth. Question 1 authorizes the town to create a community center, an expanded library, revenue-generating leasable space and a town green on the campus of our soon-to-be-vacated elementary school buildings. All this will be done without raising taxes. The referendum question is […]

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    June 3, 2011

    Letters to the editor, June 3, 2011The new manager from ‘away’

    Once again it has happened. I am wondering why, with the job market as it is, the city of Portland had to look outside of this state for a new manager. Is it because those in charge of hiring think Maine people are too dumb to do the job? If the person doing it now […]

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    June 2, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, June 2, 2011Too much negativity about D.C.

    There was another letter in The Press Herald recently calling the federal government “the enemy.” I hear this almost daily. I am concerned about the negativity that this represents. Negativity is a toxic energy. Keep it out of your family. The people who hate the federal government aren’t investigative reporters. So they haven’t formed their […]

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  • Published
    June 1, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, June 1, 2011How is LePage doing? Views differ

    I have read many attacks on the good hard work that our new governor and Legislature are doing in Augusta from readers and the opinion columns of this newspaper. We should not forget that our leaders were elected by the people of the great state of Maine to represent our views and promote an agenda […]

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    May 31, 2011

    Letters to the editor, May 31, 2011Trade pacts reverse Obama promise

    President Obama’s recent decision to move forward with three proposed free trade agreements negotiated by President Bush represents a disappointing reversal of promises he made during the 2008 presidential campaign. NAFTA-style free trade agreements with Korea, Panama and Colombia threaten to continue the devastation of our manufacturing sector here in Maine and throughout the United […]

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    May 30, 2011

    Letters to the editor, May 30, 2011Still questions about charter schools

    I read with interest the charter schools story, “Backers see options, foes predict problems” (May 13). Backers and foes can both be right. When you look at the performance of charter schools, you don’t see any significant improvements in student learning. And let’s always keep “student learning” in sight. If charter schools have anything other […]

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    May 29, 2011

    Letters to the editor, May 29, 2011Speed vs. mileage: Take your pick

    So Augusta is debating to allow folk from The County to drive 75 mph to Old Town instead of 65. Some are complaining that we will be eating up more gas and crippling the world economy. So I thought I would take my lunch break to look at those numbers. I used the two most […]

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    May 28, 2011

    More letters to the editor, May 28, 2011Hike texting fines to make them hurt

    I applaud the state for acting on the texting-while-driving issue. Unfortunately, we need laws to address common-sense issues. If people did use their common sense, we would have less legislation and thus less intrusion in our daily lives. I think the fines should be more stringent than they are written, which was $100 for a […]