February 19, 2013

Letters to the editor: Homeless people deserve legal protection

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Sherri Ferrier takes part Dec. 21 in a vigil in Portland’s Monument Square in memory of the 30 homeless people who died in 2012. Citing legislation in California that would protect homeless people from unwarranted police harassment, a reader says Maine should consider a similar bill.

2012 File Photo/Carl D. Walsh

Ross Fields

Portland

'Green' energy producers merit boost in financing

There is currently legislation pending in both the U.S. House and Senate to level the playing field in terms of financing vehicles available for renewable energy.

The Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act would allow green, renewable-energy producers access to instruments currently available to fossil fuel producers (coal, oil and natural gas) in the capital markets.

It is time to do more to assist entities seeking to produce renewable, pollution-free energy.

As Maine considers huge offshore wind projects that would cost well into the millions of dollars, it is easy to see why green, renewable ventures deserve every advantage now available to fossil fuel energy producers.

David A. Kepes

Cumberland Foreside

Parents of gifted teen laud Baxter Academy's approach

As a parent of a gifted and talented student from Regional School Unit 5 (Freeport, Pownal and Durham), I support the new charter high school Baxter Academy in Portland. This is a public, tuition-free, project-based regional science, technology, engineering and math school.

Currently, our daughter receives no gifted and talented services at Freeport High School. Because of budget cuts and the lack of foresight by administrators, our best and brightest are failing to achieve their full potential.

My husband and I do not wish to sacrifice our daughter's education and are tired of the current school leaders' lip service. She is entering the 10th grade and has applied to Baxter.

At Baxter, she will have the ability to intern at Maine Medical Center in order to explore medicine. Also, she will be attending the University of Southern Maine for music and advanced language and continue to pursue her art through the Maine College of Art. All of these, along with engineering and computer companies, will have strong partnerships with the school.

The school itself will be a small, close-knit community of teachers and students who support each student and relish their unique contributions.

Baxter Academy is a welcome opportunity for those 10th-graders who are either gifted and talented or high achievers who are motivated to pursue their dreams with much vigor. Our daughter is looking forward to this new, exciting and innovative school experience.

The deadline for letters of intent is March 1.

I urge parents of other 10th-graders to fill out their letters of intent now so that they can be sure to secure a spot for their child. By doing so, you can offer your 10th-grade son or daughter the gift of ingenuity, progress and promise to achieve their greatest potential.

Robin Monahan

Freeport

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