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    December 4, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Dec. 4, 2011Backlash over Black Friday

    When I picked up my Thanksgiving Day edition of The Portland Press Herald, fat with advertising circulars, I gave thanks — because ad revenue keeps daily papers going. I never want the day to come when the only way to find out what’s going on in the world or in my community is by squinting […]

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    December 3, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Dec. 3, 2011Maine pays double for I-95 upgrades

    Re: Another View, “Nobody at turnpike agency immune to cost-cutting efforts,” by Peter Mills, Nov. 27: Why does Maine pay double for turnpike improvements? Improvements are funded by bonds issued by the Maine Turnpike Authority, which collects the principal amounts, then pays the bonds back with interest. Over time, interest payments add up to about […]

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    December 2, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Dec. 2, 2011Occupiers should play political role

    Occupy Wall Street has made some significant impacts and has enjoyed the support of many people in the communities that they have occupied. However, I wonder why they don’t unify all of the groups of occupiers across the country, identify some leadership from those groups, and then march on Washington, D.C., and our congressional leadership […]

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    December 1, 2011
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    Letters to the editor, Dec. 1, 2011Concierge medicine impractical, unjust

    In view of the problems we’re having with the cost and availability of health care in this country, ideas about the provision of that care are always welcome. However, the “concierge medicine” model presented on the front page of the Nov. 27 Maine Sunday Telegram has little to recommend it. First of all, for primary […]

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    November 30, 2011

    Letters to the editorA rotten deal for animals and Mainers

    Some Maine residents were happy to hear that Austin “Jack” DeCoster, infamous for numerous animal abuse scandals and environmental violations, is leasing one of his egg factory farms to Moark, LLC, a subsidiary of Land O’ Lakes. Unfortunately, Moark has its own terrible track record of corruption and cruelty. In 2005, Moark agreed to pay […]

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    November 29, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Nov. 29, 2011Principals lost sight of principles

    I’ve been following with interest the plight of the three Deering High School boys’ hockey players who have been denied the ability to play at Portland High School by the Maine Principals’ Association. Last season the MPA also denied four girls the chance to play at Portland after the Deering girls’ program was eliminated. My […]

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    November 28, 2011
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    Letters to the editor:Freeport arena plan undercuts zoning

    Freeport’s plans for a soccer arena on town land, reported Nov. 22 in The Portland Press Herald, are most disturbing (“Plan gives new soccer arena to Freeport”). The Freeport Town Council apparently intends to subvert the zoning ordinance by leasing the property to the Seacoast United soccer club “for a long term at a nominal […]

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    November 27, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Nov. 27, 2011Lawmaker holding up heating aid

    Despite Gov. Paul LePage’s efforts at avoiding cuts to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, President Obama slashed Maine’s allotment by $32.6 million. This is devastating to our truly needy. According to Dale McCormick, director of MaineHousing, the average beneficiary of LIHEAP has an income of $16,500, and 54 percent of the people are […]

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    November 26, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Nov. 26, 2011User winces at cost of gas line upgrade

    I am a retired lifelong resident of Portland on a fixed income, and to my dismay I find out that the Public Utilities Commission has shot us in the foot again. They have approved a $9 million rate increase to upgrade Unitil’s natural gas supply system. A total $60 million upgrade. They tell us it […]

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    November 25, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Nov. 25, 2011Making wind power opposition clear

    On Nov. 16, representatives from Lexington and Concord Townships and Highland Plantation delivered signed petitions to Gov. LePage’s office as evidence that a majority of the residents in these three communities are opposed to the building of grid-scale wind facilities on the mountains surrounding our homes. We respectfully request that Iberdrola Renewables live up to […]