November 16, 2012

Letters to the editor: Headline trivializes serious candidate

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Holly Seeliger, seen in the Reiche Elementary School Community Garden, was elected last week to the Portland School Committee. A headline on a recent story unfairly emphasized Seeliger’s experience as a burlesque dancer at the expense of her qualifications for the school board, a reader says.

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The FBI and the attorney general know about it and do not tell the president. And the day after the election, Petraeus stops by the White House to tell the president the news. (Good thing the president was home!)

Either the director of the FBI and the attorney general should be fired, or someone is lying. I wonder what effect any of this had on the murders in Benghazi.

2) With regard to the president's suggestion that he and members from the Congress get together ASAP to avoid the "fiscal cliff" that we're headed toward on Jan. 1, 2013, I agree with the president that it's going to take some major concessions from both sides to avert this potential catastrophe.

However, I can tell the president is already "teeing it up" such that Congress should nail down the tax increases immediately and talk about the necessary expense cuts "later." Are you mad? Not all of us are that stupid!

Jim Burke


Crash death points up need for more testing of drivers

Here we go again -- elderly people driving causing deadly accidents ("Casco woman killed when van runs into school bus," Nov. 5).

She would probably still be alive today if there were more frequent testing by the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles -- like every six months, perhaps -- just to see if their driving skills are up to par.

I have had my license suspended after driving for 42 years. At least I never drove on the wrong side of the road, texted while driving, drove into the ocean or drove directly into a school bus occupied with innocent children. I have never caused an accident or been involved in one.

Families need to be more involved in the decision to have elderly drivers tested.

Kathie Lee


Obama left problems for Obama to contend with

Now that he's starting his second term, President Obama is inheriting a gigantic hell of a mess. He has every right to blame his predecessor.

Eduard van Loenen


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