Letter's To The Editor

Portland artists should be featured more regularly in the PhoenixEditor,As a proud Portland resident, I am constantly overcome with Portland's local art, food, fundraising, etc. Portland is a place artists come to thrive and be recognized, and this is something that can be felt passionately in the community. I just learned that several of the comic artists featured in the Phoenix are not from Portland. Word on this is spreading in the community, and this…

Bicyclist fed up with Portland’s direction in urban street planning

Editor,I have to say that the Portland initiative to get away from cars is an absolute joke. Coming from someone who rides his bike on the city streets, I am absolutely against any of the bike lanes and walkways that are dominating our streets and ruining how we get around.I grew up learning to obey traffic signs and always make sure that I am out of the way of traffic. That is absolutely not the…

Raising the minimum wage can help close the gender gap

Editor,As reported in “Wage Wars 101” (7/16, p.10), Maine is experiencing a summer filled with campaigns to raise the minimum wage. With Maine’s minimum at only $7.50 an hour, 25 cents above the federal rate, the efforts to increase workers’ base wage are clearly fighting on behalf of the laborers in our state. Yet I propose these campaigns do not just promote workers’ rights, but also strive towards gender equality.

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.


Brennan critique failed to show shortcomingsEditor:I have little patience with journalists who offer damning judgments of one candidate without a scintilla of evidence in support, and endorsement of another solely on the basis of others’ unexamined endorsements.Chris Shorr (“Changing the coaching roster at City Hall,” Aug. 26) acknowledges how difficult Mayor Brennan’s job is, presiding over a “roster of talentless, preening prima donnas,” yet faults “all his missteps and failings” without burdening his readers with…

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…

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.

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…

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.
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