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letter to the editor

  • Published
    September 29, 2019

    Letter to the editor: Congress must continue to fund the Special Diabetes Program

    Imagine your teenager stressing over blood sugar levels instead of homework, or your young child trying to understand why she can’t eat her friend’s birthday cake. A person affected by diabetes, whether patient or caregiver, thinks about the disease morning, noon and night – when they eat, work, exercise, shop for groceries or make any […]

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    September 29, 2019

    Letter to the editor: What about ‘first, do no harm’?

    Maine Med and other area hospitals are abdicating their responsibilities to people in need of substance use disorder or mental health placements.

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    September 29, 2019

    Letter to the editor: Humans are an invasive species on our own home planet

    Global warming is not the only environmental problem facing us today. The canaries in the coal mine speak loudly. The first canary is the destruction of coral reefs. Much of the blame is attributed to the warming of the oceans, but there is a newly discovered culprit killing the coral – nitrogen runoff from fertilizers, […]

  • Published
    September 28, 2019

    Letter to the editor: State workers should set good example, follow Maine’s new ‘hands-free’ law

    Yesterday, as I was driving in Belmont, I saw a blue Maine Department of Transportation car emblazoned with the state seal. The driver was turning from Route 3 onto Route 131 and was talking on a cellphone. If we, the citizens of Maine, are required to avoid hand-held devices while driving (with which I firmly […]

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    September 28, 2019

    Letter to the editor: Snyder backs progressive policies, will build coalitions

    I have come to the conclusion that our city needs Kate Snyder as our next mayor. I consider myself politically progressive and have considered my options carefully. While much of what our mayor says gives him high marks on progressive scorecards, Ethan Strimling has not done the work to build coalitions to effectively advance this […]

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  • Published
    September 28, 2019

    Letter to the editor: Don’t punish drug users – treat them

    Landmark events are happening in our nation. The state of Oklahoma has found medication producer Johnson & Johnson responsible for producing and promoting opioids as having reduced danger and increased benefits; they will pay $572 million to the state to establish services for those suffering from opiate addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug […]

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    September 28, 2019

    Letter to the editor: Snyder will help Portland regain its former strengths

    I guess I was spoiled. As a Portland city councilor, I had great leaders to learn from: people like Cheryl Leeman, Jack Dawson and the late Bob Ganley. Portland then spoke with a unified voice and was a strong leader both regionally and statewide in Augusta. Now I find myself living in a city whose […]

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    September 28, 2019

    Letter to the editor: Portland residents have a right to vote on municipal Clean Elections

    The City Council should have listened to the thousands of voters who signed a petition to put the issue on the ballot. Instead, they heeded the cynical advice of the city attorney,

  • Published
    September 27, 2019

    Letter to the editor: Re-elect Mayor Strimling – he’s an effective advocate for Portland

    Portland is one of Maine’s greatest all-around spots, and it’s important to elect a mayor who works for everyone to keep it that way. This last legislative session I watched Mayor Ethan Strimling work with the Legislature, advocating to lower property taxes and protect our most vulnerable populations. He worked with everyone. Democrats, independents and […]

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    September 27, 2019

    Letter to the editor: Teenage climate activist deserves cheers, not mockery

    It takes strength of conviction to stand on an international stage and plead for action. Greta Thunberg went to the U.N. to address climate change as a critical issue for her, for our country and for the world. Instead of being applauded for her courage and dedication to her cause, she was ridiculed as a […]