December 29, 2012

Letters to the editor: Headline focused on gun, not deed

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William Spengler
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The gun that William Spengler chose to use to ambush firefighters shouldn’t have been a Press Herald headline’s focus, a reader says.

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Much has been said about why the Republican Party lost the presidency despite all their efforts to suppress "minority" votes. It's pretty simple, really. They forgot their history, their constituency and the Constitution.

Black people vote. Women vote. Hispanics vote. The Irish vote. Educated and uneducated vote. White, black, brown, yellow and red vote.

The United States of America doesn't discriminate. That is what the Civil War was about (although it was far later for the American Indian to gain the right to vote). Our electives are elected by all of us to represent all of us.

It is interesting to note that in Abraham Lincoln's time, the northern states were Republican and the southern were Democratic. The Republicans once represented the progressive vote! The Republican Party surely has lost its way, in so very many different ways.

As for those people who wish to secede from the United States, you are free to leave. We don't want another civil war. It was already fought, and many died for our democracy.

Barbara Early


Senator lauded for signing on to Older Workers act

On behalf of AARP's 230,000 members in Maine, I am writing to thank Sen. Susan Collins for signing on as a co-sponsor to The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act, S.2189.

Age discrimination in the workplace is an increasingly serious problem. Regrettably, in 2009 the U.S. Supreme Court made things worse by imposing a much higher burden of proof on those workers who allege age discrimination than on workers who allege discrimination based on race, sex, religion or national origin.

The result is that a growing number of unemployed individual workers who have been discriminated against because of their age are unable to seek justice. Further, it can mean that more older workers are choosing to remain silent about their age discrimination claims.

This proposal will ensure equal opportunity for older workers, and Sen. Collins should be commended for signing on to it.

John Hennessy

AARP Maine advocacy director


Artistry appreciated in Fisher's photo illustration

Thank you, Michael Fisher, for the beautiful photo illustration that accompanied Colin Woodard's commentary ("Republicans have a Yankee problem," Dec. 16).

All too often the graphic elements in a newspaper seem like a last-minute addition, with the artist given very little time to "come up with something." Not so with this one!

Newspaper graphic artists have the daily task of taking information and creating eye-catching graphs, charts and illustrations that add a purposeful element to stories. As a designer, I have a keen appreciation for what's involved in this work and wanted to acknowledge Fisher's artistry. I hope to see more of this.

Tracy Burke

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