Letters to the Editor (69)

Cartoon on xenophobia needed more perspective

Editor, Had I not had a doctor's appointment and made a side trip to Tony's Donuts, I would've missed Sorensen's oh so clever cartoon on xenophobia (Jen Sorensen's Toontime, "Xeno Virus," July 7). (Don't worry; I don't read the PPH either). My guess is that she knows nothing about Islamic doctrine, sharia-adherent Muslims or the Hijra. But, to avoid being accused of being a racist, a bigot, Islamophobe or fear monger, I would like to…

Recent cover story on housing failed to cite Press Herald's original data

Hello readers, I just wanted to make an important note about my cover story last week, “Neighborhood by Neighborhood: Community Leaders Offer Solutions to Portland’s Housing Crisis.” In the article, I featured some data in the subheads that, I carelessly forgot to cite or attribute, which is a pretty big disservice to the Portland Press Herald, the newspaper that spent months to compile the data. The numbers I’m referring to, are the average rents available…

Thanks to Eric Severn for exploring lives of panhandlers

Editor, Thank you for Eric Severn's terrific reporting on an interesting topic, panhandling ("The give and take of panhandling," May 2). It was well chosen, researched and reported. I often wonder about the lives of panhandlers and how a donation might affect them. I struggle with the question of whether or not to give. I want to help, but I'm never sure which is more helpful, giving or not giving. Eric's article didn't answer the…

Instead of demolishing old hotels, use them for rooms

Editor, The City of Portland needs to come up with a policy for dealing with the inevitable closing and demolition of hotels. With Portland currently being such a hot location for hotel construction older hotels could potentially help the housing crisis by a change to single room occupations. By amending the Housing Replacement Ordinance or creating a new one the city could help discourage the demolition of hotels and instead gain much needed SROs. Remember…

Jill Stein coming to Maine for convention

Editor, Jill Stein, who was the 2012 Presidential candidate for the Green Party and is the Presidential candidate front runner for 2016, with the nominating Convention the first weekend in August in Houston, Texas, will be in Portland, Maine this Friday, May 6 from 2-4 p.m. before going to an event in her honor in Brunswick and to the Maine Green Party Convention Saturday, May 7 before flying out that afternoon to her next event…

A message to the governor: No one is beyond Salvation

Editor, A letter to the governor, Paul LePage Dear Governor, I do not think you understand the harm your words are capable of. I would hope your ideology was founded on ignorance, because if it was built with express knowledge and understanding of addiction, that would be utterly abhorrent. I would hope no one is “practical” enough, or callous enough to intentionally seek the utter destruction of the fabric of mores that I believe are…

Questions for the city manager to answer about closing India Street clinic

Editor, Way to go Mayor Strimling!  Thank goodness someone in Portland government is challenging Jon Jenning’s proposal to close the India Street Public Health Clinic.      Hopefully Mayor Strimling can get answers to the following questions including:  What is the real reason India Street is being targeted?      Surely the $292,000 (about one tenth of one per cent of the proposed $236 million budget) the city contributes to the operation of India Street can’t be…

King praised for championing the use of Narcan to save lives

Editor, (This letter was sent to U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine.)   Dear Senator King,   My name is Kayla Colfer and I have worked at Catholic Charities of Maine for four years in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counseling office in Portland. During the time that I have worked here, I have seen a very troubling increase in overdoses by fentanyl and heroin. I have spent years working with people who struggle through…

Congress allocates another $100 million of taxpayer money on cruel animal research studies

Editor, Congress has allocated another $100 million of taxpayer money on cruel animal research studies in their new budget in addition to the $30 billion or more that is already handed out every year to universities and research facilities across this country and around the world. Congress is throwing good money after bad as a form of corporate welfare at an industry that has failed to come up with a cure for the major diseases…

Coverage of heroin problem could have looked more broadly

Editor, Does Maine really have a heroin crisis or is it really a national problem? Why did your article (April 7 Phoenix) focus on Maine rather than the entire nation's problem? Solutions must be sought at the federal level. Why didn't you look at this? The numbers show many states have a bigger crisis than Maine. Why wasn't this looked at? Vermont, a similar state, does have a much lower rate of opioid deaths, why is…
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