October 21, 2013

Letters to the editor: Another sign of a failed City Council

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Michele Sturgeon checks the temperature of food at a Portland restaurant. A letter writer says the city should be ashamed for paying her to quit as health inspector.

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Jim Wilson, P.E.

president, American Council of Engineering Companies of Maine

Augusta

Stop waterfront ordinance so rules can be done right

Bill Nemitz paints a misleading picture of the proposed Waterfront Protection Ordinance in his Oct. 15 column (“Oil guys pollute S. Portland waterfront debate”). His column is mostly a recitation of the same skewed and semi-accurate arguments used by the proponents of the ordinance.

But he did get one thing correct: He writes, “To be sure, the Waterfront Protection Ordinance deserves an informed debate – starting with whether it would achieve its intended outcome (no tar-sands oil in South Portland) without putting other commercial and industrial interests at undue risk.”

This is exactly why the ordinance should be defeated – no such debate has occurred yet, and it should. We are not in imminent danger of tar sands coming to South Portland, and in fact there is not even a proposal on the table to do so. Yet there seems to be a big rush to get this poorly worded and overly broad ordinance on the books right away.

Why the rush, especially when the parties most affected or interested (the waterfront businesses and city staff) have not been afforded the chance to sit down and hash out a set of rules that make sense? Let’s defeat the proposed ordinance and then get the right people together to craft one that works. We can and should do better.

Andy Charles

South Portland

Bailey has done homework, so elect him to school board

As a teacher with close to 30 years of experience in the Gorham schools, I am thrilled to be supporting Kyle Bailey for Gorham School Committee.

I entered the teaching profession because I know how important education is to our future and what a difference it can make in the lives of children. Gorham is fortunate to have a community that cares about its children and its schools. Parents are welcome partners in the education of their children.

These are some of the things I shared with Kyle last May when we chatted about our educational community. Since then, Kyle has talked with hundreds of teachers, parents, students and neighbors about their experiences with our schools, what they think we do well and where we can continue to make improvements.

I know that Kyle has used what he learned to set the right priorities: creating a transparent and responsible budget, setting policy that develops skills in every student so they have the tools to succeed in our global economy, and investing in innovative classrooms that help students thrive.

Having had several conversations with Kyle about his campaign for School Committee, I know he is a thoughtful, dedicated Gorham community member who listens to people and cares about our kids’ future. I hope you will join me in supporting Kyle Bailey for Gorham School Committee on Nov. 5.

Susan Sedenka

Gorham

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