Letters to the Editor (73)

Under the watchtower: How could President Trump prevent history from repeating itself?

Editor,     During a trip to visit Death Valley National Park this spring, my wife and I had a chance to visit the former Japanese-American internment camp at Manzanar in the Owens Valley of Eastern California.       We learned how in 1942, war hysteria after the surprise Pearl Harbor attack led to suspicions that all Japanese, even those who had become American citizens, might be capable of “fifth column” activities against the United States…

Being a 'Mainer' means one thing ... being born here

Editor, RE: "We’re Here To Stay" in the Portland Phoenix, I found Francis Flisiuk’s story “We’re Here To Stay” offensive. It implies anyone white and living in the larger part of this state is most likely a racist. It also assumes that the majority of people calling themselves "Mainers" do so as an exclusionary tactic to distinguish themselves from new immigrants. Being a "Mainer" means one thing ... being born here! The word is only…

Olivia’s Garden is not currently certified under national standards

Editor: Certified organic farmers in Maine are understandably disappointed by the recent publication of your Farm to Table feature titled “Olivia’s Garden Taps Into Trend Favoring Organics, Local Sourcing.”  In the article, your reporter characterizes Olivia’s Garden as an “organic” farming operation. This is incorrect because Olivia’s Garden is not currently certified under the national organic standards. The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) specifies that any “production or handling operation that produces or handles crops,…

Decline of candidates more about what they say, and how

Editor, Many candidates in elections may miss a state near primary time for various reasons. Sometimes the congestion of the process allows them only minimal time for a collection of primary states. Even they hope to compete in all the failure of a visit to one can dampen their support there. This concept is really only marginal; really momentum and what the candidate is saying have much more to do with results. Donald Trump or…

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.
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