January 17, 2013

Letters to the editor: Give green light to two-way State Street

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Vehicles head up State Street last June.

2012 File Photo/Tim Greenway

I predicted, and now hear talk about, repeal of the Second Amendment. Our Founding Fathers established the Second Amendment so we could keep and bear arms to protect us from and overcome a tyrannical government. David Horowitz's pamphlet "Barack Obama's Rules for Revolution" backs up my belief.

Looking at the past and the future, the past looks less dim than the future. At my age, I could just lay back and believe death will get me before Obama's black berets do.

America has been good to me. To pay a part of that debt, God has given me a great desire to warn as many as possible what the future holds if we don't stop Obama and his ideology.

I fear the incremental loss of freedoms that James Madison, "Father of the Constitution" and fourth president of our nation, warned about: "There are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation."

Kenneth W. Poirier


Small food producers work to promote the Maine brand 

I applaud Grace Hinrichs for her guest editorial in the Portland Press Herald on Dec. 27, "Another View: Governor should brag about Maine's small business economy."

As a small-business owner (Chuck's Organics, aka Pastor Chuck Orchards), I am proud to be a part of what makes the economic engine thrive in this great state.

When I began my business in 2004, I was a neophyte in what it takes to begin, operate and market a small, family-owned business. However, I was so impressed with the number of vendors who willingly gave their expertise to help me in this launch of a new and exciting business.

Hardly a day goes by that I do not hear or read of another small entrepreneur who follows his or her dream and plunges into this creative marketplace.

I want to call the reader's attention to a remarkable organization that epitomizes what our governor has failed to either see or acknowledge as an example of what is at the core of our economy.

I am referring to the Maine Food Producers Alliance, a consortium of Maine vendors and their suppliers who have banded together to promote, not only our own products, but also the state of Maine and the unique Maine brand.

Our office is in Augusta. We offer, in conjunction with the Maine Grocers Association, the Maine Means Business Summit held each fall in Rockport. We present many opportunities for vendors, brokers, distributors, etc., to network, share ideas, generate opportunities and in general to promote the Maine brand.

This is our mission: "to create and sustain a collaborative environment for the development and growth of markets for value-added food and beverage products made in Maine."

Visit www.mainefoodproducers.com to see what small businesses are doing in and for our state.

C. Waite Maclin



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