January 7, 2013

Letters to the editor: Gun owners' rights placed above others'

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An AR-15 is seen at a Mesa, Ariz., shooting range in 2010. The NRA’s lobbying arm “has spent millions of dollars” to sway Congress to “not only protect but actually extend the ‘constitutional rights’” of gun-rights activists, a reader says.

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I am blessed to have healthy grown children as well as two healthy, beautiful grandchildren. I want to thank the parents across the country and around the world who make the choice to donate organs of their children.

My plea is to ask everyone to become an organ donor. It's simple to do -- just check the box when you renew your driver's license.

To all the parents out there with healthy children -- hug them today and love them every day. To the family who lost their 10-year-old little boy -- thank you, thank you, thank you. I know that Nolan's mom, Linda, will take good care of your son's heart.

Please say a prayer for Nolan's recovery and a prayer for the donor's family.

Michelle Tompson

Standish

Well-maintained trail shows beauty within city

I moved (back) to Portland several months ago.

Since I relocated to southern Maine from Aroostook County in 1980, I've been drawn to the water, especially Portland's beautiful Back Cove and its lovely trail.

This past summer and fall, I made it a goal to walk the trail daily, enjoying all its beauty. I continue to walk it for the first time during winter, thanks to L.L. Bean snow sneakers!

I'm discovering a well-maintained path, thanks to the hard work of the city of Portland.

As we enter a new year, I'm reminded of all of nature's beauty in our wonderful city.

Thank you to the organization Portland Trails for creating this beautiful gem in our city.

Thank you, city of Portland, for your continued efforts to make Portland a safe and lovely place to live, work and play!

Mary R. Grant, aka Nature Girl

Portland

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