September 3, 2013

Letters to the editor: Bayside project too big for Portland

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An artist’s rendering of the first phase of the Bayside apartment and retail complex known as midtown. A critic of the project says that it would permanently alter “the face of Portland.”

Image by CBT Architects, Boston

R. John Wuesthoff

Portland

Liberals ensured free speech for right-wing Americans

I urge the Portland Press Herald to more carefully follow their policy of publishing no letters that contain personal attacks or libelous statements.

Twice in recent weeks, I've been verbally assaulted in letters that mischaracterized me with gross exaggerations based on false assumptions ("'Right-wing propaganda' hard to find in newspapers," Aug. 9; "Letter-writer's liberalism ignores the word of God," Aug. 20).

One of these went so far as to libel me as being a godless anti-Christian merely for protesting the constant publication of letters and articles with extremist views that can be proven to have little basis in reality.

Both of these verbal assaults have come from those who need reminding that even their right to publicly express any opinion came from great liberals, the likes of Thomas Jefferson and George Mason, who prided themselves on being "children of the Enlightenment" -- secular humanists who felt church and state should forever be kept apart and gave us as our national heritage a constitutional document that sought to "ensure domestic tranquility" and to "promote the greater welfare."

My protest has been that both of these constitutional principles are being violated in our time by extremists of an ideology that caters to international monetary interests at the expense of the "greatest good for the greatest number" that was invested in the philosophy of these great liberal humanists who bequeathed us our greatest legacy as citizens of the United States of America.

George Eaton

South Portland

Shooting coverage sounds jarringly partisan note

You have stooped to a new low in biased political reporting of nonpolitical events.

Your midday coverage Thursday of Wednesday's Belfast shooting ("Woman fatally shot, man wounded in Belfast," Aug. 29) states that the alleged shooter "follows ... several (Twitter) accounts linked to the Republican Party."

If including references to criminal suspects' Twitter history is a new editorial policy, I do hope you intend to be nonpartisan and reference the political accounts followed by all criminal suspects, even when those accounts are affiliated with Donald Sussman's Democratic Party.

Barbara Schneider

Durham

Critic praised for his efforts to promote local art, artists

Kudos to Dan Kany on his art reviews. I get an art lesson each time I read one. 

He's done a lot to promote art in Maine and local artists.

Heather Maines

Gray

 

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