Letters to the Editor (72)

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…

Taking exception: The hippie movement was not isolated or exclusive

Editor, I am disappointed in what was printed in the Portland Phoenix on the topic of counterculture in Portland ("The modern hippie: Has counterculture gone full-blown pop culture?", Francis Fliskiuk, Sept. 22). I have been personally working on coining a term to describe the type of counterculture I prescribe to. I have been doing so diligently, and like many others, I am prone to avoid the usage of the word “hippie.” The term has officially…

'Lone protester' salutes 'the last reporter around'

Editor, Mr. Carkhuff, you may be the last reporter around. You may remember you did a story about me ("Lone protester invokes 'sanctuary city' controversy," July 30, 2015). I am writing this letter at this time because I read an article of yours on a recent trip into Portland to hold my "secure our border" sign. I believe the article was about Governor LePage's latest controversy. Your reporting was straight, with no bias or exaggeration;…

With LePage, problems 'redefined with his falsehoods and bluster'

Editor, Regarding your publishing of a letter defending LePage's ethnic scorecard of Maine-arrested drug offenders ("Writer defends LePage's depiction of the ethnic background of drug offenders," Sept. 15): Perhaps our (my) math was off a bit and our (my) stats weren't vetted properly, but the real point of contention here should be found in the keeping of racial tabs on crimes ... AT ALL. LePage claimed that he kept this perp notebook "to prove a…

Writer defends LePage's depiction of the ethnic background of drug offenders

Editor, (Regarding Portland Press Herald coverage of Gov. Paul LePage's comments regarding drug trafficking:) You and your fellow PPH reporters persist in retelling this half-truth: " ... only 14 percent of the 1,211 people charged with making or selling all types of drugs in 2014 — the last year for which FBI Criminal Justice Information Service data is available — were black."These figures are meaningless and misleading unless the percentages of whites and blacks in…

An open letter to President Obama about the Dakota pipeline

Editor: This letter was sent to President Obama. Dear Mr. President     As President of the United States of America, you have the unique opportunity to honor the courage of the Sioux and other Native Americans in standing in the way of the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Images of violent attacks upon them by police and their dogs brought to mind Selma, Alabama, 1965.    There is no way to wipe clean the…

Trump uses a buffer to adopt new persona in press

  Editor, After more than a year of abhorrent debasing and abrasive public speaking by Mr. Trump, once known as the IDon, though currently shying away from use of the I word, his campaign has decided that he best speak through a proffessional buffer, MaryAnn Conway. Since he does not have one of his own he can now continue speaking in whatever bombastic term he chooses, and she can patch up the potholes. Being shot…

Time spent with College Guild 'moving and rewarding'

Editor: Re: "College Guild reaches behind bars," This Just In, Aug. 25): Many thanks for your article on College Guild, "the nation's only provider of correspondence courses and dictionaries to more than 6,500 prisoners across the country" (quote by Pat Friedman, administrator of the program).   College Guild provides numerous "units" on topics ranging from art to health to dogs, that prisoners complete and return for comments by volunteer readers. I've been a reader for…
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