December 17, 2012

Letters to the editor: Debt cutters should target Pentagon

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The Defense Department budget “now has economic and political purposes that often supersede the goal of keeping us safe at reasonable cost,” a reader says.

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Ryan Lowe

Portland

'Cookie caper' overshadows day of inspirational talks

Having been an enthusiastic recipient of the wonderful offerings of TEDx, I wanted to write and support this amazing organization that hosted more than 400 people, both students and adults, Dec. 7 at Cape Elizabeth High School.

I am sorry that the actions of a few in what has been named the "cookie caper" ("Police investigate pot cookies at Cape Elizabeth High School," Dec. 10) was somehow confused with TEDx's mission of calling people to creativity, the beauty of being human and a keen awareness that what we are passionate about can lead to great things in this society.

Principal Jeffrey Shedd said it so well in quoting Abraham Lincoln that TEDx is a platform for following "the better angels of our nature."

On a personal note, I was most happy to work with Adam Burke, the executive director of TEDx, and Mark Dvorozniak, a parent, to offer the participants apple butter and Borealis bread as a morning treat. I can assure you this food was only laced with the goodness of Maine.

C. Waite Maclin

Portland

Towns making gay pairs, not the needy, top priority

I think it is wonderful that some communities have decided to extend their hours to accommodate the anticipated increase in certificate of marriage requests for 2013.

Surely I can see how town managers, mayors and council members feel it is more important to spend extra monies in expediting same-sex marriages than to spend their extra monies and efforts in, well, let's say, food pantries and/or heating assistance.

Yes, I'm extremely impressed with the display of fiscal responsibility they demonstrate. It is so reassuring to see leaders who prioritize potential voters from certain groups over the basic needs of their less fortunate citizens.

Next time you notice someone in need on the street in these communities, tell them, "Thanks for not eating today. It's more important that so and so get their wedding certificate."

John Newhall

North Berwick

Wind power places unfair burdens on those nearby

It is interesting to read that wind turbine operators from Green Mountain Power in Vermont instructed police not to arrest the publisher of a weekly newspaper, the Barton Chronicle, who was nevertheless charged with trespassing during a wind turbine protest a year ago, and subsequently spent $10,000 in legal fees defending himself against the criminal complaint.

On Vinalhaven, neighbors of the wind turbines have spent more than $100,000 in a Maine Superior Court action whose goal is simply to get the state of Maine to do a better job protecting people from industrial noise in a rural setting.

While wind power raises more questions than answers, one fact is for certain: It is impinging on citizens' free expression and imposing severe penalties on those in its path.

Alan Farago

Vinalhaven

 

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