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    December 6, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Dec. 6, 2010Do we need business input to laws?

    Back in the early ’90s, then-Speaker of the House John Martin reportedly told a delegation of business leaders that they could leave the state if they did not like the business climate he and his fellow Democrats had created in Maine. Maine’s present dismal business climate indicates that many took Martin’s suggestion. What a refreshing […]

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    December 5, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Dec. 5, 2010Gas tax hike would really hurt

    I assume that state Rep. Ann Peoples, D-Westbrook, does not know anyone who is upset with the price of gasoline in her district (“On the roads again: Find new ways to pay for maintenance, group urges,” Nov. 28). She states that Maine drivers absorbed the latest round of gasoline price increases without anybody yelling or […]

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    December 4, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Dec. 4, 2010Council has no clue on guns

    The Portland City Council ought to have more serious items to deliberate rather than seeking a solution to a nonproblem. The time wasted to debate the idea of a resolution to be forwarded to the Legislature to ban firearms in various public buildings is a perfect example of government waste and absurdity. It is this […]

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    December 4, 2010
    Hands Free demonstration by South Portland Police

    More letters to the editor, Dec. 4, 2010Crumpled cruiser is too distracting

    I don’t understand why the South Portland Police Department is trying to prove a point by placing a “smashed-up” cruiser and blinking sign on Broadway at the entrance to the Casco Bay Bridge, one of the city’s busiest intersections. On my way to work one morning my car almost ended up looking like the display. […]

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    December 3, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Dec. 3, 2010Medicare shortfall very serious

    Thank you for the recent article highlighting resources available to help seniors make good decisions about their health insurance. Unfortunately, unless Congress acts quickly, seniors may also need help finding doctors. Due to a flawed Medicare payment formula that Congress created a decade ago, seniors may soon find it hard to get the health care […]

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  • Published
    December 2, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Dec. 2, 2010Fee in lieu of parking good move

    The Maine Alliance for Sustainable Transportation would like to thank the Portland City Council for recently voting to adopt a “fee-in-lieu-of-parking” ordinance that will allow developers in Portland to choose to contribute to a “sustainable transportation fund” instead of building parking lots or garages on their site. The proposal came out of the Peninsula Transit […]

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    December 2, 2010

    More letters to the editor, Dec. 2, 2010Readers still needled by tree

    I have enjoyed reading columns by Bill Nemitz for many years. I find him to be well-informed, clever and entertaining. I learn something or I’m amused by reading his work. I read his article about the Christmas tree in Monument Square and found it amusing; a tongue-in-check discussion of people who can’t say the word […]

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    December 1, 2010

    Letters to the edtor, Dec. 1, 2010Ways to solve our fiscal problems

    Ron Bancroft described a series of debt reduction proposals in his Nov. 23 column (“Cutting deficit will mean hard decisions that can’t be put off”), and suggested that we all needed to stop whining and find a solution. Here’s a suggestion that’s much simpler, and in the end cheaper for all of us, than implementing […]

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    November 30, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Nov. 30, 2010Searching for answers in security

    I was dismayed by Ruth Marcus’ column “TSA’s airport screenings done for our own good” (Nov. 24). The choice between an irradiated strip search or a genital grope is not much of a choice. It is most certainly a violation of our Fourth Amendment right “to be secure in (our) persons, houses, papers, and effects, […]

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    November 26, 2010

    Letters to the editor, Nov. 26, 2010On sacrifice and being left in the cold

    An old Maine adage advises “Don’t tax you. Don’t tax me. Tax that man behind the tree.” It appears that no one wants to be found behind the tree. We have all enjoyed the benefit of lower taxes for the past 10 years, creating deficits that have now become the cause c?bre of every politician […]