Letters to the Editor (69)

Clinton positions don't make sense; vote for Bernie Sanders this fall

Editor, I read with revulsion Ralph Carmona's enthusiastic support of Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election (Portland Phoenix, 3/2/16). Sixty-nine percent of Portlanders who voted in Sunday's Democratic Caucus certainly didn't agree with his assessment as they threw their support behind Bernie Sanders.  Hillary Clinton, in the midst of her second joyless, grinding bid for the presidential nomination, is perceived as untrustworthy and dishonest by a huge proportion of the electorate. Her support of the death penalty; her…

Ralph, chutzpah and pontification are not arguments

Editor, Ralph Carmona is certainly not lacking chutzpah. From California, he was hardly unpacked before running for mayor. Then he went after Deirdre Nice, founder of Silly's, the most popular eatery on Munjoy Hill, and an institution in this city, one-time Maine Democratic committee woman, and dedicated, first to trying to save St. Lawrence Church, an architectural treasure, with an ongoing program of entertainment and educational programs there, then to rebuild the church as it…

March 3, 2016

City councilor urged to set up Parkside meeting on housing Editor, (This letter was directed to City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau regarding possible West End/Parkside Meeting, Housing Committee.) The Parkside Neighborhood Association board has authorized me to inquire if it may be possible for the City Council Housing Committee, upon which you serve, to consider holding a public forum in our West End, possibly in the Parkside Neighborhood Center, as the Council considers the challenges and…

Letters, Feb. 18

Tilted Kilt critics bring to mind Puritan or Sharia rules for women | Editor,(Re: “Is the Tilted Kilt ‘A Step Backwards’?” Feb. 4 Phoenix:)The Tilted Kilt is not “a step backwards.” Rather, it is the critics of the Tilted Kilt who want us to take a step backwards, to the Puritans of our Colonial era, whose rules for their women were something like a Protestant version of Islam's Sharia Law. Russell FrankGorham Gattine deserves praise…

Reader: Coverage by Phoenix clarified MacMillan’s role in mayoral election

Editor,(Re: “Poll positions: Who do you like for mayor, city council?” Oct. 22 Phoenix:)Thanks for clarifying the Mayor's race for me. I thought that MacMillan was a candidate, but your front page wised me up.Anyway, here's hoping that Ques. 1 (did that get airbrushed out of the ballot, too?) passes big time. Then you can become the SoPo Phoenix.

Protesters outside clinic could hurt patients, lead to horrible consequences

Editor,The recent article “Abortion Protests Resume as Battle Brews in D.C.” (Oct. 15 Phoenix) got me thinking, and I wanted to write a bit on the subject. I have strong feelings about abortion, and truly do believe it is legal for good reasons and needs to remain so, but regardless of the abortion debate, I find myself concerned daily for the folks who are likely suffering the most for these weekly protests.

Circumcision didn’t hamper my life; disfiguration of women, however, is an issue

Editor,(Regarding “Not so circumspect about circumcision,” Oct. 1 Phoenix:)As a 74-year-old Jew, I cannot remember my circumcision, but I can say it has not hampered my life. My genitals are intact, and if I may say, have served me very well from birth to current date.To say circumcision is related to autism is preposterous. If that is the case, I and many other Jewish males would be autistic. I say, "Bull crap." Why is it…

Finding meaning from grief: My plea to Portlanders this season

Editor,In response to overwhelming tragedy often comes widespread push for reform, as those in mourning search for resolution from grief. Just shy of the one year anniversary of the Portland fire that claimed the lives of six young people, loved ones of those who perished can — hopefully, breathe deeply knowing that a lesson has been learned here.

Based on data, how effective is the Portland Needle Exchange Program?

Editor,Re: Francis Flisiuk’s story “Addiction, Relapse and Overdose” in the Portland Phoenix Sept. 29.To many people the Preble Street Resource Center and the Portland Needle Exchange Program are off-limits to any criticism. Ask too many pointed questions about the way they run programs and they label you a “hater.” Because of that there are few people willing to take a hard look at both these organizations. Both operate with a low (no) barrier approach to…
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