October 14, 2013

Letters to the editor: Slap on wrist falls short for Biddeford

Biddeford schools should know better, and Maine ACLU should come down harder

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A reader wonders if Biddeford school officials realize that not everybody practices a Christ-centered religion.

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When the bill was passed in 2010, it had an estimated price tag of $900 billion. Today, the estimated cost of it is $2.5 trillion and rising. All of this has occurred without even a vote being required – unbelievable!

How can the Democrats possibly argue that the Republicans have no right to challenge any of Obamacare because it is “the law of the land,” when the Obamacare that exists today bears no resemblance to what was passed in 2010?

Jim Burke

Cumberland

Pot legalization drive a product of fuzzy thinking

Regarding the creators of the legalizing marijuana campaign (“Portland buses to carry advertisements that back legalizing marijuana,” Oct. 1): What were they thinking when they came up with this idea?

“I prefer marijuana over alcohol because:

“It doesn’t make me rowdy or reckless!

“It’s less toxic so there is no hangover!

“It’s less harmful to my body!”

The snappy sayings and catchy bus signs they created fly in the face of common sense and the positive values responsible parents try to teach children and grandchildren.

I would love to be a fly on the wall as they try to explain these negative and misguided sentiments to their children.

The real hidden gem in this article is that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is one of the supporters of putting the legalizing marijuana question on the ballot.

What, the NAACP doesn’t have enough to do advocating for the rights of African-Americans? I’m sure many of their constituency would disagree with the marijuana referendum.

The bottom line in all of this is the Metro directors must have had their heads in the sand when they approved these signs. There is still time for them to come to their senses.

Jim Brown

Edgecomb

Comment on fermentation not meant to be negative

I feel I was misrepresented in the article “Fermentation a popular topic at Common Ground Fair” (Sept. 21), by Doug Harlow.

Mr. Harlow paraphrased me as saying that Sandor Katz was “preaching to the choir,” a saying that in my mind has some negative connotations.

I want to be clear that I have the utmost respect for Mr. Katz and the work he has done to promote fermentation and fermented foods, which we have been producing at Thirty Acre Farm for the past eight years.

It was a great pleasure to meet Mr. Katz, talk shop and do some trouble-shooting. His message was profound and far-reaching. Everyone could take something from his talk and apply it to their lives to improve diet and health.

Simon Frost

Whitefield

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