November 9, 2013

Letters to the editor: Debate on tar sands oil still energetic

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Portland Pipeline equipment unloads oil from a tanker in South Portland. A writer urges residents to attend a public meeting Nov. 26.

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We need policies to encourage cleaner development and green jobs. We need economists to help policymakers create sustainable economic development plans, despite the fact that defining “sustainable” is complex.

So what if the policies aren’t perfect? At least they’ll be better than tar sands and turning Portland Harbor into another petrochemical “Cancer Alley.”

Lisa Morris


Fallen Marine remembered as birthday of corps nears

I would like to recall a date that is near upon us, Nov. 10: the Marine Corps’ birthday.

In that same vein, I recall a neighbor many years ago named James Allen. He shares his name on the veterans outpost in Windham.

He was one of the freedom fighters that didn’t come home. These thoughts resound as I recall those days so many years ago.

A man’s life is not measured in how long he lived but what he did.

Did he generally pack a smile, did he go the extra mile, was he there to answer the call? Yes he did, he gave his all.

Was he kind and showing of respect to the people he met? Was his motto to give more then he drew from the company store?

In the black volcanic sands where we Marines did make our stand, as we gazed high to the left, there waved Old Glory.

And so through life, he carried on, each step was for his country’s best. He left a legacy of hope for all of us to grasp and hold. As he joins the light brigade, he turns and with a brisk salute, we see him as man who gave. His country loves this man today.

Cpl. Fred Collins

5th division, Iwo Jima-Korea Westbrook

Catholic Church deserves our thanks not our ridicule

To the woman who feels comfortable mocking the religion of 2.2 billion Catholics worldwide, allow me to submit a few things you may not know (“Peace be with you and with all the other outsiders at Mass” Nov. 2).

Before there were Catholics, there were no hospitals. Today, one out of five people in this country receive their medical care in a Catholic hospital.

Before there were Catholics, there were no schools. Today, the Catholic Church teaches 3 million students a day, in more than 250 Catholic colleges and universities, in more than 1,200 Catholic high schools, in more than 5,000 Catholic grade schools.

Every day, the Catholic Church feeds, clothes, shelters and educates more people than any other organization in the world.

This is the organization you chose to ridicule? Don’t you know that it is never OK to make fun of the religious practices of others?

Joseph McDonough


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