Letters

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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... 6

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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... 4

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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... 8

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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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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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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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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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A. Whitman: Residents cannot afford it

“Gentlemen, we have run out of money, now we have to think.” That quote has been attributed to Winston Churchill but is certainly an apt description of the condition here in Auburn. The City Council has not identified any significant new revenue stream for this year, or for any... 1

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R. Melendy: Money is not speech

The conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court have decided that very wealthy people can give millions of dollars to any political candidate running for office because they are guaranteed "freedom of speech" by the United States Constitution. Giving money is speech? My dictionar...

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M. Marcotte: Housing project a waste of money

It is interesting how the mistakes of the past 35 years keep repeating themselves. In the early 1980s, Lewiston officials thought they could create a panacea of low-income housing in the downtown area with state and federal funds. Look where that has gotten the city. After using tax... 7

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C. Ward: Shouldn't be a protected class

Article 7, about school administration positions, was discussed at a recent Lewiston School Committee budget meeting. The article contains information about principals, assistant principals and their support staff. The article includes a $105,000 increase for the upcoming year and a potent...

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B. Winslow: Raw milk legislation wasn't helpful

This is in response to Diana Tozier's letter (April 7) concerning recent raw milk legislation. She appears to believe the sale of raw milk is not legal in Maine. We are a licensed raw milk producer. We are milking three cows and sell from a store on our farm and at farmers' markets in the ...

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In rebuttal, G. D'Augustine: Headline misleading

The lead article in the Sun Journal April 10, "Some Maine doctors paid millions by Medicare in '12," represents an embarrassment to serious journalists. While technically true, the initial thrust of the article suggests a completely false premise: that some Maine doctors are taking home mi... 10

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P. Webber: Bring back 'victory gardens'

Have people noticed the prices of vegetables at the grocery store lately? Is it time to bring back the victory gardens of yesteryear? Four years ago, I turned half of my lawn and made a garden out of it. I grow enough vegetables to last all winter — a big savings for my family. 1

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