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    January 20, 2010

    A fool for everyone

    Time to dispose of a few inconsequential gubernatorial candidates. With 25 people officially running, the field is filled with oddballs who should be doing something less demeaning. Reality TV, maybe. Democratic State Rep. Dawn Hill may have recognized this. Hill recently ended her nonexistent campaign (motto: Who? For What? You’re Kidding?). She’s now working on her strategy for losing a state Senate ...

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    January 19, 2010

    What to do with men without a country?

    There seems to be a dilemma about how to close the American military base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba - and what to do with the suspected terrorist detainees. They are not wanted within the United States, and neither their homelands nor any place else seems to want them. It's time to refresh our memory about a similar set of circumstances in the early days of our country. Back in 1807, Arron Burr was tried for ...

  • Published
    January 19, 2010

    Letters to the Editor

    A plea on behalf of Future MSAD 3 For the past five years I have been a member of the nonprofit Future MSAD3. We are proud to include 18 members on our board now, as we have reached out to all 11 towns in MSAD 3. We are a mix of parents, grandparents, retired teachers, professionals and community members with an amazing array of strengths and backgrounds. Our reason for being has been to enhance an already ...

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    January 13, 2010

    Mean everything to nothing

    My favorite movie advertising phrase is “based on a true story.” Translated into English, it means: “more or less, a big fat lie.” That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Literary classics such as Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey,” William Shakespeare’s “Henry V” and “Richard III” and Robert Penn Warren’s “All the King’s Men” were all based on true stories. On the other hand, so is O.J. Simpson’s search for the ...

  • Published
    January 13, 2010

    Forgetting socialism

    Let me state my fundamental view at once. Socialism is to politics as coprophilia is to sex, a weird intellectual perversion which I find incomprehensible and disgusting. All the same, I can't accept that it is enough to simply label a policy or project as "socialist" in order to reject or discredit it. The same applies to labeling something "liberal" or "ultra-conservative" as a refutation. This rhetorical ...

  • Published
    January 13, 2010

    See you guys around

    This week marked the end of a 30-plus-year career for Bangor Daily News reporter Walter Griffin, as he retired from the job that made him one of the more recognizable faces in Waldo County. We wish him the best of luck, and as fellow writers, we hope he might still pen a few stories while enjoying his well-earned retirement. We'd hate to think this is the last we'll read from Walter, as he was obviously in a ...

  • Published
    January 13, 2010

    And justice for all

    Last week, Amber Cummings left the Waldo County Superior Courthouse with a manslaughter conviction on her criminal record, an order to serve six years' probation and a fully suspended eight-year prison sentence in connection with the shooting death of her husband, James Cummings. In November, we published an editorial questioning the justice system in Waldo County, and we cited several cases from recent years ...

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    January 12, 2010

    Letters to the Editor — 1/13/2010

    Don't deprive our district [Editor's note: The following letter was addressed to the RSU 20 board of directors, and a copy was sent to VillageSoup.] We were disappointed to read of the decision by members of the RSU 20 board of directors to advertise for the position of superintendent, rather than renew the contract of the current superintendent, Bruce Mailloux, at your Dec. 15 Special Board Meeting. We do ...

  • Published
    January 6, 2010

    Unchartered territory

    Legislation to allow charter schools in Maine was first proposed in 1997. Nothing happened. In July 2003 the Charter School Study Committee of the Maine State Board of Education was established to study the matter. It concluded that there was room for "a limited pilot project to experiment with charter schools." Nothing happened. There are now 40 states with charter schools. I guess our Masters in Augusta ...

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    January 6, 2010

    In support of the censor

    In ancient Rome, the census registered citizens and their property, for the purposes of taxation. The person in charge of collecting this information -- and also monitoring public morality -- was called the "censor," which goes some way toward explaining why many people today cast a skeptical eye on the motives of the census takers. But participating in the census today has vastly more benefits than drawbacks. ...

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