Thursday, December 12, 2013
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Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann writes to say a Maine Voices column last Friday protrayed him and his work incorrectly.
Penn State photo
But even before that, in 1837, the citizens of Portland voted to create a very wide street, the street we still call the Eastern Promenade.
Most cities in the world squandered their valuable waterfront for private purposes, but not Portland, Maine. We have one of the most spectacular waterfront parks in the world in Eastern Promenade Park.
Next time you visit this great park, remember those who came before us and made this all possible. Former Portland citizens and political leaders bequeathed us some wonderful parklands and public spaces.
It is the responsibility of today's citizens and political leaders to be sure we protect the great legacy left to us by past generations. We must also strive to pass on to future generations a Portland that is even more wonderful. Let's get to work!
Arundel school changes should be left to students
I would like to give my opinion as a student on the recent school consolidation between Arundel and the Kennebunks. I think it's great to consolidate because that means bigger schools, which hopefully can get better teachers and offer lots of opportunites for students who want them.
The only problem with this for Arundel specifically is that Arundel has a contract for 10 years with Thornton Academy to go to middle school there. Making such a quick transition is pointless because Thornton built a school, used it for a couple years and then would have to shut it down because Arundel wants to consolidate.
I think they should let the contract go through, put some use into the school and plan how to most effectively transition into the new school system.
Also, as a note, the students don't really have a voice in the matter other than what I am doing by writing a letter to you. It should really be the students' decision. They get impacted the most out of this.
Personally, I would like to see my education through Thornton Academy because I don't want to change schools just as I'm getting used to one, and it is much more convenient due to its location close to my house and church. That is all I have to say. Thank you.