August 15, 2013

Letters to the editor: LePage brushes off another ghastly gaffe

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Someone who said he’d like to blow up a building – as Gov. LePage said he wanted to do to the Press Herald last week – likely would have faced police questioning, a reader says.

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Elizabeth Hope


Pingree helps protect state from air pollution's dangers 

Maine families and businesses need healthy air to grow and succeed. When people are healthy, children do better in school, workers are more productive and businesses can add jobs because their health costs are lower.

I would like to thank Rep. Chellie Pingree for continuing to be a champion for healthy air in the U.S. House of Representatives. She plays a critical role on the House Appropriations Committee and is a respected leader among her colleagues.

On July 23, she voted against a 34 percent cut to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's budget. This cut would devastate the agency's ability to monitor and enforce air quality and ensure the air is healthy to breathe.

It would also undermine the Clean Air Act and make it virtually impossible to put stronger standards in place for cars and fuels that would take so much pollution out of the air.

The Clean Air Act is a common-sense law with deep Maine roots. Sens. Muskie, Mitchell and Cohen all had a hand in its design and reauthorization. It's a law that has been working effectively to make our air healthier for over 40 years.

The Clean Air Act protects public health by reducing levels of smog, soot and other air toxins, and it gives the EPA the power to clean up the air. It includes life-saving protections from dangerous air pollution, especially for downwind states in the Northeast.

We need a strong Clean Air Act now more than ever. And we need strong lawmakers, like Chellie Pingree. Together, they are the best tools we have to protect ourselves from dangerous air pollution.

Douglas Couper, M.D.


Story on bazaar preparations tribute to Italian community 

Not that long ago, the Italian-American population in Portland was a sizable percentage of Portland's total. We are still out here.

What you did in your article is a wonderful acknowledgment of our quiet, yet highly productive and close-knit community ("For Portland's Italians, a cookie bonanza," Aug. 7). 

Many of us come from all over Maine every Sunday to attend Masses and events at or held by St. Peter's. We quietly give thousands and thousands of dollars to charities and put in countless volunteer hours for several causes.

I thank you for our community. I thank you for Portlanders for a "good-news" article. Ciao!

Salvatore Bonetti       



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