Letters

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J.K. Dellavalle: I'll make my own choices

Now I am reading how others would dictate my diet (Sun Journal, letter, Sanders VanZandt, April 9). VanZandt advised people against eating meat. The Humane Society already wants to ban bear baiting. The liberals want to ban gun ownership. The yuppies want to ban competitive sports in schools.... 17

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I. Bittues: Needed in Washington

It is time for a change in Washington. Shenna Bellows, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, promises to bring the breath of fresh air that Maine wants and deserves. Bellows has a proven record of strong leadership. As director of the ACLU of Maine, she fought to reinstate same-day vot... 6

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S. Perkins: Honest response to voter concerns

Discussion continues about the petition that was circulated in Buckfield to stop the process of withdrawal from RSU 10. The idea of the petition came about because the towns of Sumner and Hartford chose not to be involved in the reformation of the old SAD 39. When Buckfield residents learn...

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G. Colby: LePage 'gets real life'

I find it strange that the party of class warfare here in Maine has a Democratic Senate president, who grew up in a privileged environment, criticizing a Republican governor, who has been supporting himself since he was 12 years old. Many people slam Paul LePage for being “rough arou... 28

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D. Soule: Consumers being short-changed

Has anyone noticed that we, as consumers, are not getting what we used to in our food packages or cans? We pay more, or the same, but get less product. Soup cans are smaller; my usual cracker boxes are smaller, narrower and with less food; canned vegetables and fruits are also smaller in s... 13

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B. Mennealy: LePage is out of touch

Gov. Paul LePage's ill-advised veto of a 100 percent federally funded program that would provide health care coverage to 70,000 Mainers who desperately need it made no sense at all. Such coverage would help Maine citizens and hospitals, plus provide a boost to Maine's economy. As a disable... 14

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J. Sytsma: Governor's lack of foresight

It is truly shameful that Gov. Paul LePage vetoed legislation that could have extended health care insurance to thousands of Mainers. It is even more disappointing that Maine's Republican lawmakers did not have the courage to override the veto. By failing to extend MaineCare benefits at fe... 13

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N. Willard: The way I see it

I give thumbs up to: — My hairdresser has health insurance for the first time. She has an appointment to see a doctor for a physical. — Earth Day is April 22. I share a native American chant: The Earth is our mother. We must take care of her. The Earth is our mother. She... 10

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L. Hoy: Judeo-Christian ethic at risk

I searched for information about the brutal attack on Steve Utash by a mob of black men in Detroit, following his attempt to help the young boy he had accidentally hit with his truck. I ended up on a website whose angry white writers treated the attackers as exhibiting the black race’s natu... 6

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P. Rubin: Competition builds character

Having participated in Lewiston sports at both a recreational and competitive level, the philosophy was to teach the fundamentals of team sports — how to compete and to win or lose graciously. The primary goal: Have fun and compete to win. That philosophy has changed dramatically. To... 10

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M. St. Amour: City officials can do more

Accumulated trash is a threat to the safety of Lewiston residents. I wonder if city officials would consider reinstating a city-wide cleanup effort during early spring? What would it take for the city to take one week out of the year to make neighbors feel better about themselves and rid t... 6

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T. Hart: A very important issue

I congratulate Gregory Ellis for his true statement in his letter (April 14). Welfare fraud must be stopped. Of course, the Democrats in office want to vote against Gov. LePage's position because all they want are the votes. They don't seem to care about the state of Maine. They wou... 28

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A. Hall: It's someone else's fault

Lewiston burns. The police and fire chiefs solemnly proclaim accumulated trash around downtown tenements plays a significant role in these fires. The Sun Journal editorial board apparently agrees (April 11). The solution to the issue is “pass the buck” — blame someone els...

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R. Lacombe: Nightmare for Lewiston

The citizens of Lewiston are facing a serious and problematic situation — arson. The fires that have struck Lewiston during the past two years have become a nightmare for residents and some are contemplating moving to a safer environment. Let us not forget the tremendous effor...

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R. Fochtmann: Health care is never free

How is it possible that so many ignorant people have gravitated to the Republican Party? On April 11, the Maine Senate failed to override the governor’s veto of a bipartisan bill to expand Medicaid coverage for 70,000 low-income Mainers. Only Republicans lined up to give ill-informed... 28

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S. Minkowsky: Dedicated to equality, fairness

I come from a generation where politics became farcical. Where Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress became more important than foreign policy. Where there was forever a war on something ... drugs, terror, poverty — even Christmas — but never any solutions. Where Will Ferrell represented...

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D. Lovejoy: Government sold to highest bidder

The Citizens United and the McCutcheon U.S. Supreme Court decisions will destroy our democratic republic unless we, the people, act to demand a constitutional amendment repealing both Supreme Court decisions. "We, The People, demand that all members of Congress immediately sign on as spons... 3

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M.J. Newell: Voting system needs scrutiny

I fail to understand why having a photo ID in order to vote would be discrimination, as Democrats claim. The advantage of having a photo ID would be that the votes would be fair. No more voting multiple times by people who have no regard for fairness or the law. No more dead people voting. And no... 41

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R. Lagueux: Court ruling a great disservice

I would like to laud Don Prince of Turner for his letter (April 7) on the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding campaign financing. However, that decision came as no surprise to me. It is yet another in a recent trend of rulings where average Americans find themselves with the cards... 1

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G. Ellis: Welfare fraud is No. 1 concern

This is in response to the letter from Jim Tierney (March 31). I am one of the 38 percent who voted for Gov. Paul LePage. I believe that welfare fraud is well within the top 10 concerns for people in the state of Maine. Every week, when I pick up my paycheck, I look at the amounts that hav... 15

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