Letters to the Editor (66)

Letter to the editor

The Trump administration infrastructure package should tackle the $12B National Park repair backlog. During his confirmation, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said one of his main goals as Secretary is to tackle one of our national parks’ biggest challenges: more than $12 billion in necessary infrastructure repairs. Zinke said he wants national parks to be part of the Trump Administration’s larger infrastructure package. Including our parks in this package is a natural fit, as parks repair needs include crumbling buildings,…

Letters: If Senator Collins is against government waste, she should vote against the natural gas repeal

Senator Susan Collins could be a deciding vote when the Senate soon takes up a measure to repeal a rule to curb natural gas waste and get taxpayers a fair return. Hopefully, Sen. Collins will see past the politics and vote against repealing the rule.   The Bureau of Land Management manages millions of acres of federal land located mostly in the American West. It is charged by Congress to ensure a fair return to…

Letter to the Editor

Today, as I watch the Women’s Marches, I realize in a very powerful way, I am not alone!   Thank you all who marched! I never imagined people all over the world would respond in such a way for what was happening in the USA. Demonstrating so forcefully for the preservation of peace, human rights, equal opportunity and democracy. I am a proud liberal and now I know there are many others who feel the…

Letters to the Editor

Dear Sir or Madam, Megan Grumbling’s excellent December 22nd article looking back on a year of theatrical high points was a pleasing antidote to so much and so many of the things to remember or forget about the year past. Maine is now so rich in the performing arts, at all age levels, with democratic institutions such as “Pay What You Want” and many free shows. In Maine, anyone can act or write a great play!…

The struggles of teaching children in a "post-truth" America

There's a McSweeney's article by Dr. Daveena Tauber making the rounds on the internet. Tauber, a writing educator, proposes a new grading rubric that's appropriate for the President Trump era. Gone are top marks for evidenced-based claims and organized arguments — those get "Loser" grades. Instead, the "Winners" get "Yuge!" marks for inconsistent reasoning, frequent use of sentence fragments and repetition of simplified points without evidence or logic. It's a funny piece, but the humor…

A game plan for the liberal revolution

Editor, Both sides of the political spectrum are fighting what they sometimes call a revolution, trying to change the system to reflect their beliefs. As a Bernie Sanders supporter in the Maine caucuses, I too believe we need a change. However, it’s becoming clear that too many of us on the left end of the political spectrum have been using the wrong approach. While the chaos in the Republican Party may appear to be a…

Voters want weed legalized, says prison inmate jailed on pot charges

Editor, On Maine's 2016 ballot, there is Question 1. This brings recreational marijuana to a citizen's vote. To those who have had their heads buried, are deaf to reality or have been in a coma, this is to legalize marijuana for adults over 21. As a Maine citizen, and currently in federal prison for selling some weed, this vote is extremely important to me. This is written as a statement of gratitude that I can…

Louts, lowlifes and losers: What’s a girl to do?

Editor,   Thank you for covering the problem of male harassment of women in Portland this week ("Street harassment: Why do men do it, and what can stop it?", by Katelyn Malloy, Sept. 29) — it is a well documented social scourge across the country, and unfortunately Maine is no exception. I’d just like to say, though, that as well written and researched as K. Malloy’s article on street harassment was, I think the approach…

Article offers fresh perspective on farmers' economic choices

Editor, Much praise for The Portland Phoenix for its mid-September article on the relative merits and disadvantages of organic foods ("Organic farming: A luxury fad? Or a future of food?," by Francis Flisiuk, Sept. 15). It was well-balanced and readers could taste a fresh perspective on the economic choices Maine farmers make whether or not to pursue organic certification, costly in both time and money, or follow their own local brand of enlightened conventional. The…

Reiki practitioners 'love to help people relax and feel better'

Editor: I very much enjoyed Francis Flisiuk’s story on hippies this week ("The modern hippie: Has counterculture gone full-blown pop culture?", Sept. 22). On the younger end of the Baby Boom, I had hippie sympathies but my preference for a regular paycheck kept me from fully joining the movement. The article mentions Reiki as if it were a widespread hippie practice of the '60s. Although yoga and Zen were well known in the West during…
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