May 18, 2013

Letters to the editor: Guardians work for children, not money

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Those urging reform of Maine’s guardian ad litem system must realize that one parent will invariably be less happy than the other at the guardian’s custody recommendation, a guardian says.

Public education remains vital to our democratic society. Let's make sure there are public options that work for every Maine child.

Debra Smith

board chair, Fiddlehead School of Arts & Sciences

New Gloucester

UMaine Hockey coach's fate comes as shock to loyal fan

I just had to write and express my feelings about the firing of coach Tim Whitehead of the Maine Hockey team. I couldn't believe it -- or rather, I didn't want to believe it!

I'm just a fan -- but a loyal one.

I've followed the Maine hockey teams through Shawn Walsh's years and all through Tim's years.

I was on vacation in Myrtle Beach, S.C., when the article about his firing ("Fired UMaine coach failed to meet goals," April 10) was published in your paper.

So, I didn't find out about it until his cousin's letter ("Ex-coach successful by any standard," April 27) was published in your "Voice of the People" column.

I don't know how much more anyone could expect of a coach.

He did so much to better the teams each year, even bringing them to the NCAAs in the past.

With a hard beginning this year, they improved to become one of the best teams by the end of the season, with a lot of promise for next year.

I had the privilege of meeting Coach Whitehead at the Alfond in the summer of 2002, when my grandson was at a hockey camp there. He was very gracious, and I enjoyed getting to meet him.

Two years later, I wrote him a note to congratulate him on the team's success, and he even took the time to answer me. (By the way, I've always kept that note.)

I'll always be a Maine Hockey fan -- but I sure will miss Tim at the helm! Good luck, Coach!

Loraine Buotte


City will regret fast decision on Congress Square proposal

RockBridge Capital is on a fast track to purchase Congress Square Park from the city of Portland to build a private event center.

The plan that was supposed to be presented last September was finally shown April 24.

Discussion will end May 29, when the City Council's Housing and Community Development Committee will review and probably vote on the latest design.

One month is not enough time for the public to review a long-simmering plan. There are a lot of unanswered questions. The city will be the loser if this deal passes with little review.

RockBridge Capital looks like a fast-talking suitor in a whirlwind courtship, showing pretty pictures, promising a good future, all the while pushing for a quickie marriage to Congress Square Park.

Congress Square Park deserves better. City residents will repent at leisure if this park is sold in haste.

Pat O'Donnell


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