October 8, 2013

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A reader says hospital finances should be more transparent, especially information about how much is actually charged and paid for services.

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Don Federman

Portland 

Crime reduces luster of New England’s crown jewel

I celebrated my nuptials on a gorgeous fall day here in Maine on Sept. 28. We had out-of-town guests who came from as far away as New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and New York.

Unfortunately, one of our guests was victimized when her car was broken into Sept. 27 in the West End of Portland. This particular guest is a single mom and could not afford airfare to Maine from North Carolina – she had driven more than 1,200 miles with her 13-year-old daughter to be in my wedding.

The trunk of my 74-year-old mother’s rental car was tampered with around 8:30 p.m. Sept. 29, right in the Old Port, as my new husband and I watched the offender scamper off, having been spotted. We later found out there had also been three reported vehicle break-ins in the West End on Sept. 26.

Now, I realize we have a drug problem in this city. Several years ago, I served on the grand jury and got a real understanding of how much crime is committed to that drug problem. And I truly believe our police department is doing a good job.

But my frustration, anger and sadness over these unfortunate events over my wedding weekend have left a lot to be desired about a city I usually tout as New England’s crown jewel.

With the leaf-peeper season upon us, I wish to welcome all of the excited tourists but with this service announcement: Don’t leave anything in your cars overnight (and please lock them!); see if the rental car you get comes equipped with a surveillance camera, and you may want to bring a bodyguard – depending on how much money you plan on spending in our fair city.

With any hope, my friend – who drove back to North Carolina with plastic wrap buzzing in her ear where a window used to be – will find it in her heart to someday return.

Mary Katherine Spain

Portland

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