November 12, 2013

Letters to the editor: Toxic chemicals should be disclosed

We need our lawmakers to introduce legislation that requires large companies to report their use of phthalates in products, a Portland dad says.

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Rubber ducks are among today’s popular toys. A Portland man would like to see better labeling of the chemicals in products for kids.


I’m a registered Democrat and was planning to support Rep. Mike Michaud for governor until I read Sherry Huber’s op-ed (“Maine Voices: Mike Michaud’s record does not prove he’s ‘evolved’ on reproductive choice,” Oct. 14), which laid out Michaud’s disturbing 33-year anti-choice record. I was shocked to see that he actually voted against the law that codified Roe v. Wade. While I give Rep. Michaud some credit for “evolving” on the issue, I am not convinced; he’s voted to weaken a woman’s right to choose too recently for comfort.

That is why I will be switching my vote to Eliot Cutler. Eliot has been unequivocally pro-choice his entire life, and he has a record I can confidently stand behind. This is an important issue for me, and I’m going to do everything I can to help Eliot get elected. I’m pro-choice, and now I’m pro-Eliot!

Meredith Haley Reen


Forum set to shed light on proposed BIW tax rebate

A public forum is being sponsored by Bath Citizens for Responsible TIF Action on Nov. 13, at Bath City Hall Auditorium. Bath Iron Works is requesting a new Tax Increment Financing/Credit Enhancement Agreement that would rebate city taxes to the iron works over the next 25 years.

The rebate would help Bath Iron Works/General Dynamics finance a new development project at the yard to cover a $25 million to $40 million investment. BCRTA would like to involve the public in this issue, and shed light on the pros and cons of such a tax deal.

We have invited a representative of BIW to present their view, and have confirmed an economist from the Maine Center for Economic Policy, and a TIF expert (professor emeritus at University of Maine School of Law). We encourage each member of the City Council to attend this forum, along with the Bath city manager.

A moderator will present pre-selected questions to the panel.

There will be an audience question-and-answer session following the pre-selected questions, and audience members may submit questions anonymously on cards, or by using a microphone. The forum begins at 6:30 p.m.

This forum is in the best interest of all parties, and especially the citizens of Bath.

By shedding light on the pros and cons of this particular TIF request, we hope Bath taxpayers will have a clear understanding of the process, and feel informed enough to encourage their own city councilor to vote on the issue in the way most beneficial to the city. We encourage citizens of Bath to participate by listening and asking questions.

For more information, please contact:

Lorry Fleming

Jerry Provencher

Bath Citizens For Responsible TIF Action

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