December 28, 2012

Letters to the editor: Arming our teachers: Two views

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Parents leave a staging area Dec. 14 after being reunited with their children after a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Among the issues raised by the shootings is whether teachers should carry firearms at work.

2012 File Photo/The Associated Press

Now I find myself out of work and scared. I never thought I would be in this position, but here I am. I have to figure out how I'm going to pay my bills and, most importantly, how I'm going to get back to work.

However, I find it even more alarming that as I sit here unsure about what the future holds for me, members of Congress are bickering with each other as the "fiscal cliff" draws closer with each passing day.

We simply cannot afford for our leaders to play chicken with our economy. Being unemployed is bad enough, but if they cannot quickly come together and figure out both our short- and long-term economic problems, I am afraid we will begin to lose even more jobs, lowering my chances to find employment anytime soon.

As I was searching for answers on how to best confront these problems, I came across a movement called the Campaign to Fix the Debt. It's focused on ensuring our leaders are immediately confronting these issues so that the country is on a responsible fiscal path.

I would urge you to join me and the other 300,000 concerned citizens who have already signed the campaign's Citizen's Petition at FixTheDebt.org.

Justin Brownwell

Portland

All this talk about the fiscal cliff and cuts to programs for the neediest of the needy has created serious anxiety among the mentally ill.

Some of these folks live on as little as $800 a month, and as one man reported to me, he would take a $160 reduction in his income should he be required to absorb a 20 percent cut in the program he needs for survival.

"Where am I going to find a place to live and eat on $640 a month?" he asked.

The irresponsible talk in the media and in Washington is doing great harm to people who have already been harmed. Attention, media and Washington, please stop hurting the defenseless among us.

The Rev. Dr. James M. Young

retired United Methodist pastor

Portland

Local entrepreneur should make product in Maine

I enjoyed the story in the Sunday Telegram about the reusable fabric gift bags being made in South Portland ("Earth-loving way to give," Dec. 16). However, my joy evaporated when I read that the entrepreneur had started working with a factory in India. I will only be buying bags with a label saying, "Made in Maine."

Janice Doctor

South Portland

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