May 11, 2013

Letters to the editor: Grades offer accurate view of schools

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Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen and Gov. LePage unveil the state’s new school grading system at the Maine State Library on May 1. Readers agree with LePage and Bowen that the system is a good way to hold schools accountable.

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Brian Lippold

North Yarmouth

Second Amendment seems to support gun regulation

The first four words of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States are: "A well regulated Militia."

Setting aside the question of what "militia" means here, surely opening this amendment with the qualification "well regulated" carries considerable weight regarding the possession and use of firearms.

Sandra Donaldson

Freeport

Community urged to help prevent underage drinking

As the prom and graduation season approaches, I would like to take this opportunity to remind the community of the danger and consequences of underage drinking.

The season is a time for celebration, but it is also a time of tragedy for too many young people and their families.

Alcohol is the No. 1 drug of choice among youth, and it contributes to more teen deaths in this country than all other illegal drugs combined.

However, through strategic efforts by law enforcement, many communities are succeeding in reducing and preventing underage drinking as well as its many associated problems -- including violence, vandalism and unintentional injuries.

The South Portland Police Department has been a member of the Cumberland County Underage Drinking Enforcement Task Force because we believe that consistent enforcement of underage drinking and furnishing or hosting laws has a dramatic prevention influence on the general population of youth and adults in our community.

In addition, enforcement works for the individual youth who are caught drinking because it is a powerful intervention tool that helps to stop youth from continuing to engage in the dangerous behavior.

The South Portland Police Department is committed to doing our part to ensure that the prom and graduation season is a time for celebration. This spring, area schools collaborated to create the slogan "The power is in your hands to set a new norm" #SoberSeason.

We encourage parents and community members to do their part to support our youth and send a consistent message that teenage alcohol and drug use is unacceptable at any time, and especially during the prom and graduation season.

Edward J. Googins

chief of police

South Portland

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