April 22, 2013

Letters to the editor: Ending violence takes relationships

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Guns and ammunition turned in to the Falmouth police are displayed. Letter writers say such acts can reduce violence.

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Nate Guerin

Portland

Mitigate effects of welfare dependence with jobs 

Welfare dependency is a result of poverty, physical or psychiatric disability, genetics or many other causes. It will always exist.

We can't prevent its occurrence, but we can mitigate its effects. We shuttered our factories, and sent our manufacturing jobs offshore.

Our paper industry's in peril, causing secondary woods job losses up north.

We abandoned "mom and pop" stores, and Maine's small businesses that provide American jobs and products, to shop at Walmart, LL Bean, Sears, Nike and others, who sell goods produced for 21 cents an hour in conditions unlawful in America.

This doesn't save us money; it accelerates American job losses.

Good legislators would bring our jobs back home, reopen boarded-up factories, restore hundreds of thousands of jobs and increase employment opportunity across America.

This would expand the middle class, grow the tax base and allow us to spread the costs of reduced dependency among a million new taxpayers.

Democratic legislation supported by labor unions will produce good-paying, secure jobs for our families.

Conservative-sponsored "Right To Work (for Less)" jobs will further reduce wage rates while increasing job losses and poverty.

Maine workers should support the next Democratic candidate in the 2014 gubernatorial election, because Republicans never support American workers. Maine deserves a much better future, and there's not a lot left to lose.

Republicans always complain about their tax dollars supporting those less fortunate. Well, here's a workable solution.

Bruce Hixon

Bowdoin

WBach is back, and the airwaves are rejoicing

Joy! Joy! Joy! And Portland rejoins those cities that boast a first-class symphony, a superb museum, and again a wonderful classical music radio station.

And Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! To all those who editorialized, made calls, commented upon and mourned the loss of WBach six or so months ago.

And best wishes to the new station owners who have made this revival possible. 

I,  for one among many, will continue to patronize the sponsers who financially support the station through their commercials which are appreciably lower-decible, in good taste -- and not airing the loudmouths of some of the audio/visual media.

So welcome back, WBach. 

You're back among friends and thousands of listeners in Greater Portland.

John Hartley

Scarborough

 

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