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    November 14, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Nov. 14, 2011Ferry, not fireboat, can serve workers

    Apparently, the Portland Fire Department and city councilors are not going far enough in making new rules and regulations involving use of the Portland fireboat. I don’t see the need for city officials — whether they be councilors, inspectors, mechanics or others — to use the fireboat for transportation. Casco Bay Lines (subsidized by the […]

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    November 13, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Nov. 13, 2011Small Maine nonprofits feel squeeze

    How many small nonprofits like American Legion Post 10 are in trouble in Maine? Maine started selling lottery tickets in 1974 with the 50-cent Play ME game. Maine State Lottery now has more than 50 instant tickets and more than 30 weekly draw tickets, sold in more than 1,300 businesses in Maine. While Maine State […]

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    November 12, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Nov. 12, 2011Time for Medicare solution is now

    I have worked in central Maine for more than a decade and have treated thousands of Medicare patients, initially as a family doctor, and now as an emergency physician. Since transitioning to emergency medicine, I have been continually dismayed to see that, unfortunately, emergency care is often the only option for so many of our […]

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    November 11, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Nov. 11, 2011Remembering sacrifices for freedom

    On this Veterans Day may we all be reminded of the sacrifices our young men and women have endured to keep this country free over the years. Being old, its hard not to include everyone from all the past wars up to our present conflicts. But to this veteran, the past is World War II, […]

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    November 10, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Nov. 10, 2011Drug-test idea denounced, endorsed

    It’s about time. Thanks to the governor for his straight-talking way of making it clear. Regarding welfare recipients and drug testing, he recently said, “If they take our limited resources, we ought to be able to test ’em on occasion.” I like it. Let’s extend that illogic. All public employees (including Gov. LePage) should be […]

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    November 9, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Nov. 9, 2011Occupation group has clear goals

    Reading your letters to the editor on Oct. 19 regarding the Occupy protests left me deeply disturbed. There seems to be some fundamental misunderstanding on the part of many Mainers as to what the purpose of “occupying” rather than “protesting” really is. It is important to note that this movement is not new — we’ve […]

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    November 8, 2011

    Letters to the editor, Nov. 8, 2011Does Navy need more ships from BIW?

    I think Charles Brown (“Find something else for BIW to build,” Oct. 18) needs to study up on our history. He states that through World War II, we weren’t prepared for any of the wars we fought but were still successful. Mr. Brown, how many airmen, Marines, sailors and soldiers do you think would have […]

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    November 7, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Nov. 7, 2011Earth can’t handle perpetual growth

    We hit 7 billion humans this Halloween, 9 billion by 2041, and even 15 billion by 2100, if we don’t slow down. Until recently, we produced enough food worldwide to feed our populations. Unequal distribution and social disruption caused world hunger. But with the uncertain climate of our future already threatening harvests, we cannot expect […]

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    November 6, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Nov. 6, 2011Help pick up 100 pieces of litter

    I want to encourage your readers to pick up trash. Litter is a big problem for everyone — animals and people. We need to watch out for our wildlife because it counts on us to make good decisions. Wildlife may eat litter, which is not good for health or safety. Turtles, deer, foxes and bears […]

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    November 5, 2011

    Letters to the Editor, Nov. 5, 2011Sides clash on racino’s benefit

    I supported the Biddeford Downs proposal earlier this year in the Legislature, and I’ll support Question 2 on Nov. 8. The project will provide good-paying jobs with benefits, at a time when private investment is sorely needed in our state. A new hotel, conference center, harness racetrack and slots facility in Biddeford will require hundreds […]