June 21, 2013

Letters to the editor: Adult students need single, central school

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Students Nyareath Reath, front, and Steve Wich take part in an English language class at Portland Adult Education in 2007. The West School, which has housed the program for 27 years, is scheduled to be shut down at the end of this month. City school officials are still working out arrangements to relocate the program.

2007 File Photo/John Ewing

Seriously? Since when is loud laughter a cause of complaint?

What would Ms. Kamin have management do -- caution the party to stop having fun, "No laughter for you" style?

Why not ban babies, those notorious noise makers, or toddlers, who have the potential to really cause a scene? Banning large groups of friends from sitting together might work.

How sad. I go out to eat frequently. Sometimes I even invite my loud and boisterous family.

When I hear people laughing, snorting and generally making a little racket, I think, "Good for you! I hope you're all having a blast and making a memory that will cause you to smile."

Sandy Jubinsky

Lyman

Trucker's consideration lingers in mind of cyclist

While on a Sunday morning pedal, after the recent accident during the Trek Across Maine, I was wondering if there could be any positive outcome from such a tragedy.

On Route 25 heading west after just passing Beal's Ice Cream, I was nearly clipped by a driver whose right wheels were riding on the white line marking the shoulder.

About 30 seconds later, I heard the unmistakable sound of a tractor-trailer slowing down behind me just as I passed a 40 mph speed limit sign. As he passed slowly by, leaving more than the required 3 feet, I noticed his right-side blinker on.

My first thought was that he would take a right turn and was slowing down to let me by. But as he pulled away, I could see he had all his emergency flashers on. After he cleared me by 100 feet, the flashers turned off and he sped back up on his way.

Was he sending a message to me, to the drivers or to both? Was it a message for the drivers behind him after he witnessed my close call?

Was it a show of solidarity for truckers and cyclists to share the road? Was it an expression of sympathy to a family who had lost a loved one?

You can make up your own mind.

Arne Schussler

South Portland

GOP views on Medicaid, warming prove puzzling

There are two things I can't understand about the religious right Republicans.

First, why would a kind and loving God have us withhold health care from the poor and less fortunate so that Republicans can have a few more untaxed dollars in their paychecks every week?

The other question is about pollution and global warming. Even if they don't believe in global warming, isn't it really stealing when we poison the air and water of other people?

Curtis L. Fordyce

South Portland

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