January 22, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Lawsuit plaintiffs laud mural decision

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This mural depicting the history of labor in Maine, which was removed from a state office building in 2011, is now displayed in the state museum.

Imbrogno Photography photo courtesy of Judy Taylor Studio

 

Our children deserve the best schools we can provide for them. The Maine Charter School Commission was acting under this common-sense philosophy when it approved only one of five proposals for new charter schools.

Those who start a charter school are entrusted with millions of public dollars and with the education, health and safety of other people's children. Such responsibilities should only be given to those who clearly demonstrate the capacity to fulfill them.

Our organization works to support entities like the Maine Charter School Commission that approve and oversee charter schools. We did not work directly with Maine's commission on these recent decisions. However, we are greatly concerned that Gov. Le-Page has condemned the commission for upholding high standards ("Le-Page blasts charter school commission, teachers union," Jan. 10).

As a nation, we can only improve educational opportunities for children if we are creating better schools. We cannot create more good schools by opening more failing schools. Fortunately, the Maine Charter School Commission realizes this basic fact and is doing its best to provide only good new schools for Maine's children.

Greg Richmond

president, National Association

of Charter School Authorizers

Chicago

 

'Bells for Babies' ceremony will mark toll of abortion

 

"Bells for Babies" is a national public remembrance for the 53,000,000 babies who have died in the United States over the past 40 years through surgical abortions.

At noon on Tuesday, all churches are encouraged to ring their bells 53 times, one for each million babies whose lives have ended.

On this day, prayers are encouraged, for families to hold together in God's love and discipline. May the love of God, our Creator of life, and love for our fellow man prevail for our families, the sick, the elderly, our enemies and others.

May the virtues of charity and chastity (virginity, celibacy, marriage and love of spouses, children and all) prevail! May the sins of selfishness, violence, wars, perversion of human sexuality (masturbation, fornication, adultery and homosexuality), unforgivingness, the rejection of spouses and children, unborn or born, cease.

Anyone anywhere is encouraged to join in prayer, at home, on the road, at work, in school, at church and other places for Jesus' love, forgiveness, mercy and peace in individuals, families and communities and among nations.

"Bells for Babies" is encouraged by the Daughters of Isabella, Mary Magdalene Circle No. 639. Tuesday is the 40th anniversary of legalized abortions.

St. Mary's Church of Presque Isle will ring the bells at noon. Other prayers will be recited in the church. All are welcome.

Johnnie Cancelarich

Pro-Life Committee chairman, Daughters of Isabella, Mary Magdalene Circle No. 639

Presque Isle

 

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