April 16, 2011

Letters to the editor, April 16, 2011
Environment needs our vigilance

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Children, like these at play during recess, would be put at risk if the Legislature allows pesticides to be used on Maine school grounds, a letter writer says.

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My wife and I have a gay son who deserves to have all of the advantages and responsibilities of marriage.

Anyone in a committed, loving relationship should be able to marry the person he or she loves.

During the 2009 campaign when Proposition 1 was passed, there were several misunderstandings. There's no plan to legislate whether churches must marry people of the same sex.

In Maine, people have to apply for a civil license to marry. Who marries them is an altogether different consideration.

Furthermore, there is no curriculum in the schools in Maine that deals with teaching homosexuality, or gay marriage.

However, there are children in our schools whose parents are the same sex, and we do teach children to respect others.

Children already know that some of their classmates have different kinds of families, including single-parent families with a father or a mother, no-parent families where grandparents or other relatives care for the child, and, yes, families with two mothers or two fathers who are living in our neighborhoods.

Gay rights advocates and Maine Equality have their work cut out for them.

As a father of a gay man, I join them in working to change the hearts and minds of people in Maine, and to help people understand the benefits of marriage equality and the harm that comes from denying marriage to couples who are in a loving and committed relationship.

Dr. Milton Davis
Cape Neddick
 

I am a 75-year-old Catholic woman who is in favor of marriage equality for all.

My husband and I have been married for almost 53 years. We have six children, five of whom married the people they loved and one who is not allowed to marry the person she loves.

She is as committed to (her partner) as my other children are committed to their spouses.

My daughter and her partner are very sad not to be allowed to marry so the community at large can see their commitment to each other.

Monica Hamkins
Brunswick 

Apologies, Ms. Blodgett, but your firing was justified 

In regard to Mr. Solloway's article on Cindy Blodgett's firing, he uses the words "betrayal" and "thrown under the bus."

If my record was 24-94 and I made $100 grand a year, I would expect to be fired.

I don't think Mr. Solloway can separate Cindy's past greatness as a player from her terrible job as a coach.

Ed Reagan
Portland

 

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