Letters to the Editor (68)

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…

With autocratic Trump at helm, presidential campaign runs amuck

Editor,Donald Trump continues to run in and out of a-muck in his bombastic attempt to grab the White House, bamboozle voters and create his own autocracy of governance. If not bamboozled, you will be muzzled and allowed to speak when and if he says so.If you don't believe this, just look at his get-togethers or rallies. Speaking against him prompts eviction or even asking a contesting question causes a similar fate. Wearing a certain shirt whether…

Cycling tips for the uninitiated fails to provide sound advice

Editor, After reading Chris Devlin's dubious column, "Cycling Tips for the Uninitiated" (July 28), I was struck by the irony of accusing list-makers of "just trying to fill a page with words so that they could go home and eat dinner." Unfortunately, editors gave Devlin nearly two pages to spoil many readers' dinners. Despite his 15 years of riding a bike to work, Devlin's insights are sophomoric, and need either the opinions of closer editing,…

'I feel like my back is against the wall'

Editor's note: Ron Hargrove, aka Dee Block, owner with Neeko Brown of Da Block Studios, wrote this response to the Black Lives Matter demonstration last Friday in Portland. Here is his full a statement to the Phoenix: As I sit here thinking about what to write for this piece, my thoughts were to start here and give strangers to the movement who truly don't understand it, the meaning of what it is that is truly…

A Public Statement from Organizers for Racial Justice in Coalition with the Portland Racial Justice Congress

We are proud to have peacefully joined thousands of people around the country and world who have taken to the streets in recent weeks to call attention to the national emergency of police killings, and vigilante violence against black people, following the state-sanctioned murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. We joined at least 70 other demonstrations and disruptive actions nationwide, from Baton Rouge to Minneapolis to New York. People have blocked highways, marched in…
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