Letters to the Editor (73)

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…


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…

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…

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.

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."

Al Diamon column brilliant, always worth a look, reader says

Editor,Al Diamon's columns are usually funny, almost always good, sometimes great, like his 2 July column on some Maine people's (mainly the ones in, and who dabble in, politics) addiction to bad ideas. He kept hitting the nail on the head, leaving no tern unstoned, as it were, pretty brilliant. When I pick up your paper, Al's column is the first thing I go to.

Natural gas doesn’t force removal of trees and boasts many benefits

Editor,(Regarding “Is renewable still doable? Natural gas is a fair weather friend for Maine’s renewable energy industries; yet one expert sees this fossil fuel as a critical ally for sustaining solar and wind power,” June 18 Phoenix): A false comparison for the most part.Natural gas is a fuel, is available 24/7, is largely weather proof; doesn't require permanent clear-cuts for expensive transmission lines that remove CO2 loving biomass – in effect making the problem worse,…

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…

Maine legislators should end puppy mills and kitten mills

Editor,It is time for Maine to stop supporting the puppy mills and kitten mills by buying pet shop pups and kittens. We all must use our voices to end this inhumane industry.LD No. 335, “An Act To Restrict The Sales Of Dogs And Cats In Pet Shops”: This bill will restrict a pet shop from selling dogs and cats obtained from the large scale breeding industry (aka puppy/kitten mills) with significant violations from the USDA.…
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