July 24, 2013

Letters to the editor: Elementary pupils merit 'equitable schools'

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It will be difficult to find a host with Ms. Nance's extensive knowledge of classical music, enthusiasm for the Maine arts community and the ability to convey that knowledge and excitement over the airwaves, but it will be well worth the effort.

MPBN's "Morning Classical" show is a regular and valuable part of our daily lives. It enriches and entertains us with creative programming, while also highlighting the work of many exciting classical performing arts organizations in Maine, such as PORTopera.

MPBN's classical music programming is a vital part of Maine's vibrant arts culture. Please keep it that way!

Ann L. Elderkin
president, PORTopera Board of Directors
Cape Elizabeth

Veto of BPA disclosure bill won't halt anti-toxin fight

Over the past few years, I have become more aware of the dangers of BPA, a known hormone disruptor that babies, children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable to. This toxic chemical is found in many linings of cans and jars and can contaminate the food that we consume.

Recently, the Legislature had the opportunity to help people know which foods contain BPA so that we can avoid it. L.D. 1181 would have required the largest food manufacturers to disclose their use of BPA in cans and jars.

Unfortunately, after passing the state House and Senate, L.D. 1181 was vetoed by Gov. LePage, and an override of that veto fell just a few votes short.

Consumers have a right to know what goes into our bodies, and the passage of L.D. 1181 would have helped us make safe decisions about our food and choose to be BPA-free. While I am disappointed by our governor, I know that the effort to protect people from BPA in their foods is not over.

Xuan Du


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