December 2, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Non-sports fan prefers profit to Pirates

The Pirates are willing to drop their suit in exchange for anything? Does this pass the “straight face” test? Really? The Pirates’ argument is that there was general agreement on a contract. Try running that past a loan officer sometime and see how far it gets you.

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A worker welds a steel beam on the exterior of the Cumberland County Civic Center. Some readers aren’t all that upset by the loss of the Portland Pirates, favoring more profitable options or even a brand-new team.

2013 File Photo/Gabe Souza

I have to wonder why the civic center management would even consider negotiating with the Pirates or any other sports team. (Full disclosure: not a big sports fan here.)

In the past, civic center managers stated that at best, having the sports team was maybe a break-even prospect. During the public debate, they stated that the game dates could do as well or better by having other entertainment acts fill them.

It seems that it is the Portland “business” community that benefits the most and is the most vocal. Well, maybe it is time for civic center management to start thinking more about the bottom line than being a chamber of commerce for the Portland area.

It is my opinion that the “outlier” towns might enjoy seeing the civic center turn a healthy profit, which might even translate into some easing of county assessments for these communities.

How about the civic center management starts running the venue as a business rather than a “loss leader” at taxpayer expense?

Ray Ronan


The Pirates left a very good offer from the civic center to bolt for Lewiston. Now they want to come back because they are not drawing the crowds they expected.

I say the civic center should pursue another minor league team to bring to Portland.

Ed Reagan


Dogs also need to be ready for the long, cold season

Yes, it’s turning colder, and I’m sure you’ve taken measures to keep yourself warm and dry this winter, but what about your dog? Please consider the following helpful hints to keep our best friends safe and warm this season.

Keep your dog indoors where s/he can be protected from the elements.

 Provide extra food, as the cold weather requires more calories to be burned to stay warm.

 Clean off the dog’s paws when they come inside to prevent them from ingesting ice melt.

If you must keep your dog outdoors for extended periods of time, please provide a sturdy doghouse. Use straw bedding because anything else will retain moisture and freeze. Have an off-center door with a flap to keep out the wind. Elevate the house off the ground a few inches and try to place it in the southwest corner of the yard, where it will get the most sun.

Please make sure the dog’s water does not freeze.

Thanks for helping to make the winter a comfortable one for our four-legged friends!

Don Kimball

cruelty investigator, Peace and Justice for Animals

South Portland

Allies critical of U.S. spying should lose military support

“Spying”: A word that describes activities engaged in by animals, human and wild, for centuries. Suddenly, spying is in the forefront of news throughout the world. Why? Because it is politically expedient and useful to politicians everywhere. Today’s technology has brought “spying” to new levels of sophistication.

Many countries, friends and foes both, are reviling the United States for indiscriminate spying on countries and people worldwide. It’s time for offended countries to retaliate.

Every country where the United States occupies land for military operations should tell the U.S. Congress to remove all U.S. personnel (military and civilian) and equipment from their country – immediately. Hoo! Ha! Hip, hip, hooray! Go for it, countries of the world! Send us home!

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