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!
In her modesty, she did not mention her own experimental “Persephone in the Late Anthropocene” seen at the SPACE Gallery and elsewhere, my highlight of 2016, with the regretted composer Denis Nye. The twin plays by the French Pierre Corneille at The Theater Project in Brunswick and The Theater at Monmouth, and the series of five dramatic readings of plays by famous 20th-century Americans in the cozy auditorium at the Maine College of Art come to mind (even the Mayor read a part).
Let our curiously twisted world entering 2017 be the inspiration for many more Maine-origin dramatic works! Some of the best from 2016 can be seen at the Maine Playwrights Festival April 27 to May 6, 2017 at the Portland Ballet Studio Theater on Forest Avenue.
Best wishes for a dramatic New Year — but only on the stage!
Daniel Duff Plunkett, from Portland.
Dear Sir or Madam,
As a 21-year-old victim of identity theft and a current student at the University of Southern Maine, hearing about the recent phishing attempt at the Orono Campus scares me. I’ve had first-hand experience about how prevalent scams are and want to share some of the steps I have taken to keep my information, and my money, safe from scammers.
Being aware of where you make purchases and reporting any suspicious activity to your bank and/or the Attorney General’s Office is a good start. This fall, my debit card information was stolen. Because I review my statements each month, I noticed charges that were unfamiliar to me including several purchases at an out-of-state Dunkin’ Donuts. I canceled my card and worked with my bank to readjust the charges. Had I not been checking my statements, I might not have been able to get my money back.
Most importantly, I placed a freeze on my credit report. Turning on the freeze is free in Maine and prevents identity thieves from accessing all the sensitive information in your credit report. When the freeze is turned on, scammers cannot obtain credit (loans, credit cards, etc.) in your name. Any Maine resident (regardless of age!) can easily freeze and unfreeze their credit report for FREE at any time. Just make sure your place a freeze on your credit report with all three major credit bureaus.
The AARP Fraud Watch Network has great resources and tools available at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork and you can sign up for free scam alerts to stay ahead of the fraudsters. I’ve become a lot more cautious of how I’m sharing personal info—online and offline – and I encourage anyone reading this to place a credit freeze right away.
Meghan Jellison, a AARP Maine intern from South Portland.