May 20, 2013

Letters to the editor: City should reject oil sands resolution

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Chris Jones of Albian Sands Energy describes the company’s oil sands project in Fort McMurray, Alberta, in 2005. Energy prices in Maine could rise if Portland city councilors back a resolution opposing the delivery of oil sands through the region, says the head of a group of oil dealers.

2005 File Photo/The Associated Press

When my mother informed me of this proposal, the first words out of my mouth were: "I would feel more unsafe with guns in the classrooms than without them."

I think that more students would feel more unsafe than safe with guns in the classroom.

In regard to Sandy Hook, that is tragic and wrong, but I do not think that teachers wielding guns is safe or protecting at all. Schools are meant to be safe environments, and with weapons in classrooms, I do not think that, as Americans, we are helping our students feel more safe when going to school.

The reason why I do not feel safe with this prospect is because if something went wrong, it would impact a lot of families, students and communities. "What ifs" can ruin someone's life, but I believe that fighting a weapon with a weapon is not the way to go.

Like the famous columnist "Dear Abby" said, "People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes."

Emma Matusovich

New Gloucester

Enforcing city rules could cut Portland's welfare costs

It seems that Bangor has the right idea when it comes to managing the taxpayers' money.

This quote comes from the May 11 Lewiston Sun Journal:

"BANGOR - A Bangor panhandler has been removed from general assistance for 120 days for failing to reveal the income, a consequence that could slow the spread of panhandling, according to the community's public services director."

With panhandlers seemingly standing at almost every major Portland intersection with signs, hitting on motorists day and night, the city may be able to save enough money to help pay for a laid-off teacher or two.

I'm just saying.

Dennis Gervais


Bicycle commuter thanks those who make it possible

Last week was officially National Bike to Work Week.

Thank you to all of you motorists who carefully avoid me as I ride from Cape Elizabeth to Scarborough Terrace.

Thank you to developers and supporters of the Eastern Trail, who made it safer for me to ride from Black Point Road to Scarborough Terrace safely: I use "the back way" and end up south on Route 1 -- alive.

And thanks to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, our local bike shops and local forward thinkers for making biking a way of life in Greater Portland.

Sarah MacColl

Cape Elizabeth


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