June 24, 2013

Letters to the editor: 'Far right' not always best place for bikes

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A bicycle commuter navigates traffic in Portland in 2008. A reader says, “I am a driver and a cyclist, and when in my car I see much more bad, rude and dangerous driving from other motorists than I ever do from cyclists.”

2008 File Photo/John Ewing

Turns out he was looking to find out why two of our old dogs, now deceased, weren't relicensed. Is it just me, or is an armed police officer, I'm assuming highly trained, a bit over the top to enforce a $6 dog license?

I complained to the Cumberland town manager and got a standard form letter on how arduous and dangerous it is to enforce the leash laws.

Where other towns hire a kennel owner or some such, we in Cumberland find it necessary to have an armed Cumberland police officer, driving around in a Ford F-150 (carbon-emitting gas hog), asking why dead dogs are not being relicensed.

The saddest thing here is, this is all to enforce an archaic, unenforceable licensing system. Anyone with any knowledge about pets knows that microchips are fast, cheap and accurate, and not dependent on an owner to display it on a collar.

If Cumberland wants to throw money at the dog situation, chips and readers seem a lot more sensible to me.

Thomas Haight

Cumberland

Lawmakers ignore harm immigration reform poses

A recent Maine Sunday Telegram article about immigration ("Immigration reform comes with potential benefits for Maine," June 9) features a business owner, a highly compensated CEO and a professional immigration advocate, but no middle-class working people.

It is hardly surprising that folks who personally profit from low-cost labor and the refugee racket want lax immigration laws.

What is surprising, and more than a little disturbing, is people like Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins, who supposedly advocate for the working poor, are apparently oblivious to the negative effects of modern mass immigration on employment, wages and public finances, much less its corrosive affects on common culture and quality of life.

The bill being debated in the U.S. Senate is so grossly unfair and harmful to working Americans that it exposes the contempt the political, cultural and business elites have for the working class.

The proposed law actually privileges immigrants over legal citizens, doubling legal guest workers and encouraging further illegal immigration.

I say, ignore the voices of greedy businessmen and hustlers profiting from more and easier immigration. Let's secure our borders and work on assimilating the tens of millions of immigrants already here.

Christopher Reimer

Arundel

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