Owner: Minimum-wage increase in Portland would doom Mister Bagel

Editor,I am the owner of Mister Bagel on Forest Ave. I am getting increasingly upset over the talk and continued publication of the need for a minimum-wage increase in the city of Portland.Have any of the 100 people in your more recent article ever owned a business?Has anyone done an overall evaluation to show the impact on the bottom line of any business? Has anyone put together a profit and loss statement and then show…

Bill to prohibit using food stamps for junk food didn’t make sense in Maine

 Editor,I always enjoy reading Al Diamon's columns and generally agree with his take on issues. However, a paragraph in his July 23 column in the Phoenix (“Giving the game away”) caught my attention for the wrong reason.He used the term "blithering idiots" to describe the four Democratic Senators who voted against "a bill to prohibit the use of SNAP to purchase junk food defined as candy, pastries, soft drinks, and similar items."

Unity Lodge No. 3 moves to South Portland, updates facilities

Editor,Unity Lodge No. 3 opens its doors and steps into the future with a new lodge.Friendship, Love and Truth is what guides them. Helping others is what they do best.Unity Lodge No. 3 was established Feb. 9, 1877 has been helping others for over 138 years and hopes to be around for another 138 years with this new moved to S. Portland taking on a new look and feel. After moving to S. Portland they…

Forest City for the trees: West End now part of tree-planting challenge

Editor:Over the years, neighbors have asked me what the city does for tree planting and tree replacement.The short answer is that, despite being called “The Forest City,” for many years Portland has had a very limited tree budget, with the only significant funding provided by federal funds targeted to low-income areas. And even those funds have been reduced in recent years.

Jaywalkers often can’t find crosswalks, and they hardly represent a ‘scourge’

Editor,I am responding to the article written by Chris Shorr titled, "Walking Back a Panhandling Ban" (columns, Sept. 17 Phoenix). I find it a huge and gross overstatement to call jaywalkers "the true scourge of our fair city." There are plenty of more detrimental and obvious offenses that happen in Portland everyday like physical assaults and robberies which I do think that the individuals committing those crimes are truly more in the "scourge" category then…

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…
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