November 25, 2013

Letters to the editor: Business, civic leader fondly recalled

Recently a brief obituary appeared about Perry Hudson. It was a summary, with relatively little detail. That’s too bad, because Perry Hudson deserves to be remembered as one of the business and civic leaders who helped bring Portland out of the doldrums in the 1960s and 1970s and on the way to becoming the great metropolitan area we have today.

Perry headed what was then New England Telephone. He worked in a time when many companies that are now part of larger conglomerates were true Portland companies – UnionMutual, Casco Bank, Maine National Bank, S.D. Warren, to name just a few – or, as in his case, semi-autonomous segments of larger companies.

The CEOs of these companies had the authority to commit resources to the community, and they used that authority well. Like many of his compatriots, Perry chaired the United Way Campaign successfully. He was very active in the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations and causes.

He believed, along with his colleagues, that business leaders had a responsibility to use their time and talent for civic good as well as business success. He and many others saw their contributions as a means to repay their community for all that the community made possible for them and their associates.

Many of these leaders have died; others will soon. As far as I know, there are no statues, no wall of fame, no paean to their good works. They would likely not be concerned about that; celebrity was not high on their list. Nevertheless, they and their counterparts in government and non-profits deserve to be remembered. Their legacy will be preserved in the people they helped and the city they built.

May their spirit carry over to tomorrow’s leaders.

William Richards

Yarmouth

‘Hit and run’ drivers should be taken off the road

I’m so glad that Lincoln Paetow sent a letter regarding the awful hit and run on I-295. Yes, I call it a “hit and run” because that is exactly what it was. I was under the impression that “hit and runs” were treated as such and that laws were written so that drivers who did such terrible things were punished accordingly.

If that is not the case, then it should be. Something does not seem right in this case. A driver who could do something like this should be in jail, off the road before offending again.

Fran Palmer

Scarborough

Shenna Bellows lauded as inspiring candidate

Something very exciting happened in Eliot recently. A young woman with a fresh face and a courageous plan announced her intention to become Maine’s next U.S. senator.

Shenna Bellows is the daughter of a rural upstate carpenter and a woman who became a nurse in her 50s. Bellows’ background and professional achievements are awe-inspiring. Her to-do list to repair our broken government and restore our faith in it is electrifying.

This is a candidate of character who postponed her recent wedding until all populations in Maine were permitted to marry. Rational and reasonable, as the former head of Maine’s ACLU, she fought as hard for the rights of gun owners as she did for women’s reproductive freedom.

And when the fabricators of so-called voter fraud from within and out-of-state tried to rig our election(s), Shenna beat them back and preserved voter rights. This “intrepid” lady, as former state Sen. Peter Bowman called her, is the total package and the sizable group privileged to be at her takeoff was as rapt and inspired as I was.

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